Album Details

RELEASE
LABEL
Hannibal Records
GENRES
Folk, Psychedelic, Singer/Songwriter, Traditional Folk, British Folk, Folk-Rock, British Folk-Rock

Album Review

A beautiful, authentically rustic album, without a trace of elegance, and hardly even an effort at smoothing over the rough spots. The music and the performances have a quiet power and dignity, and a raw, direct nature that is extremely appealing. The record opens up in haunting fashion with Barry Dransfield's fiddle on "Morris Call," and from there things get wilder and woollier, with some downright funny moments as well (check out the false opening on "Princess Royal"). Shirley Collins appears as a guest vocalist on "Staines Morris" and "The Willow Tree," and the Chingford Morrismen do stick dances on two tracks as well. John Kirkpatrick's accordion, concertina, and harmonium are the dominant accompanying instruments. None of this was a threat to Fairport or Steeleye Span's success, but all of it is valuable to fans of either band, and the album does have a raw energy that Fairport began losing after 1972 -- and "Cuckoo's Nest" alone is almost worth the price of the album, recalling the kind of funny, cheerfully lusty recordings of A.L. Lloyd and sparked by some of Richard Thompson's best playing from this period. Oh, and the compact disc has it all over the original British LP, all copies of which suffer from noisy pressings. [Originally released on LP in 1972, Morris On was reissued on a U.K. CD in 2003.]
Bruce Eder, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Morris Call
  2. Greensleeves
  3. The Nutting Girl
  4. Medley: Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket/Shepherds' Hey/Trunkles
  5. Staines Morris
  6. Medley: Lads A'Bunchum/Young Collins
  7. Vandals of Hammerwich
  8. Medley: Willow Tree/Bean Setting/Shooting
  9. I'll Go and 'List for a Sailor
  10. Princess Royal
  11. Cuckoo's Nest
  12. Morris Off