To celebrate Record Store DayÂ – April 19th 2014 – Topic Records released a 50th anniversary limited edition 7â€ vinyl facsimile of this historic early recording from Anne Briggs.
One of many jewels in Topic Recordâ€™s extensive catalogue, The Hazards Of Love EP has been an important touchstone for myriad singers, songwriters and performers – on a rare visit to London, June Tabor was bought a copy by her older sister: â€œShe took me to Dobellâ€™s and said sheâ€™d buy me a record. I got that Anne Briggs EP, Hazards of Loveâ€¦ I was captivated by this womanâ€™s voice and what she did with itâ€¦â€
The Hazards of Love became the calling card for Anne Briggs – one of the most influential figures in the English folk revival, with Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page, The Watersons and Sandy Denny all acknowledging that influence, and it continues years after its release, with The Decemberists 2009 album title directly taken from the EP which inspired it.
â€œâ€¦a brilliant singer, really brilliant, very natural.â€Â BERT JANSCH
We have endeavoured to faithfully match the original Topic EP sleeve with a leaflet of song notes by A.L. Lloyd inside a beautiful gloss-laminated limited edition flip-back sleeve.
1Â Lowlands Away
2Â My Bonny Boy
3Â Polly Vaughan
4Â Rosemary Lane