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Frost And Fire

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First released in 1965, Frost and Fire, A Calendar Of Ritual and Magical Songs was the debut album from the then new group on the folk scene. Originally from Hull, two sisters, their brother and cousin had been singing family songs all their lives and as a new folk group had been attracting attention for their powerful and exciting performances. They were taken into the studio by Bill Leader to record an album for Topic Records and what came out of the sessions was incredible. Frost and Fire was essentially a concept album, the songs following the passage of the year. It's effect was seismic, standing the folk scene on it's head and influencing not just folkies but the ever growing and eclectic rock scene as well, particularly Traffic whose magnificent "John Barleycorn Must Die" came directly from Frost and Fire. Sympathetically and carefully re-mastered from the original master, the resulting sound on this new release of Frost and Fire is nothing short of a revelation. Belying it's years, the power and sonority of the voices hits the listener just as hard now as it did in 1965. To accompany such an incredible sonic upgrade, the packaging has been enhanced with a slipcase and an expanded booklet which has many photos of English folk traditions and is a visual treat.


  1. Name
  2. Here We Come A-Wassailing
  3. The Derby Ram
  4. Jolly Old Hawk
  5. Pace-Egging Song
  6. Seven Virgins (The Leaves Of Life)
  7. The Holly Bears A Berry
  8. Hal-An-Tow
  9. Earsdon Sword Dance Song
  10. John Barleycorn
  11. Harvest Song: We Gets Up In The Morn
  12. Souling Song
  13. Christmas Is Now Drawing Near At Hand
  14. Herod And The Cock
  15. Wassail Song
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