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Serrated Edge

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Re-release of album originally released in 1993 contains a fusion of rock & Celtic-American new & tradititional styles. The music is similiar to Fairport Convention & Jethro Tull, with a hard driving style played by Michael Mullen, Ian Butler, Lief Sorbye, Rob Wullenjohn & Adolio Lazo

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Hal-An-Tow
  2. Raggle Taggle Gypsy
  3. A Kiss in the Morning Early
  4. Reels on Fire [Medley: Heather Bell/Monaghan Twig/Wind That Shake]
  5. The House Carpenter
  6. Whiskey in the Jar
  7. Dark Lover: Love Song to a Vampire
  8. Tam Lin
  9. Mad Tom of Bedlam
  10. The Ballydesmond Set [Ballydesmond/Born to Run/Bill Sullivan's][Medley]


Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Firebird Records
  • ASIN: B00005YK6N
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,712 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on June 20, 1998
This album is more obviously folky than some of their later albums, but not one of the songs is a dud. A good mixing of flute and electric guitar. I like the sound of Sorbye's voice - a distinctive accent that you're tempted to think is English or Scottish but is actually Norwegian. "Dark Lover" should satisfy any vampire fan out there. "Tam Lin" and "Mad Tom of Bedlam" are great as well.
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Fantastic earlier work, spirited, and representative of the time it was produced. Loved the version of "Tam Lin". (A fresh take on a seriously old-1500s- Scottish character) and the lively, "Raggle-Taggle-Gypsy", if it doesn't incite you to dancing, or at least a bit of foot-tapping, you, my friend, are deaf, and possibly deceased, altogether!
And who else would deliver an ode to characters in a Mercedes Lackey novel? This is by far, my favorite CD from this band, and is unfortunately, no longer produced. Mine was wearing out, and scratched, so I found this one at Amazon. Rec'd it, only to have it stolen from a friend's vehicle...which proves that even thieves can have good taste in music. Will look for another one...
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I've long been a fan of the Lackey filk/folk music that goes with her book series. Serrated Edge is based on her novel series of the same name including "Born to Run", "Wheels of Fire", "When the Bough Breaks", and "Chrome Circle". Tempest does not disappoint, and though this is the first album I've heard of theirs, I will look for more. Turn up the volume, close your eyes, and remember the awesome characters from the stories or simply enjoy the tunes.
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By A Customer on April 23, 2001
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Bay Area band Tempest puts a 90s spin on Celtic rock and British Isles folk-rock, as it was pioneered by bands like Fairport, Steeleye Span, Horslips. This album features high-energy versions of traditional tunes like "Whisky in the Jar", "House Carpenter", etc., and sets of reels, as well as a few original tunes. Lief Sorbye's gravelly voice, combined, with the band's folksy stylings(including the use of flute, fiddle, and mandolin), may remind some folks of Jethro Tull. The two strongest tracks here, IMHO, are the ghost-ballad "House Carpenter" which is done with high drama (including a haunting flute intro and powerful fiddle and guitar solos) and "Tam Lin" (which is a very different interpetation of the tune that was made popular by Fairport). Of the ten albums the band has put out at the time I write this, this is by far their strongest and most heavily Celtic. Folks who like Celtic/folk rock ought to eat this album right up-- although folk purists probably ought to stay away.
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This album is the closest I have heard to what the live show is like. Nothing beats seeing them live but this album captures some of the raw power and energy that the others I have heard do not. If you get a chance to see them live it is worth skipping work and doing whatever you have to do to see them live.

KKM
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