The folk ballad,’ wrote A.L.Lloyd, ‘is a folk tale put into verse and set to music. Among British ballads are some of the oldest as well as greatest folksongs we have.’ His claim is trenchantly justified by this exceptional collection, as dramas of the distant past are restaged in vibrant performances by Ewan MacColl, Anne Briggs, Louis Killen, Mike Waterson, Norman Kennedy and Lloyd himself.
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
â€˜If I hadnâ€™t heard her,â€™ says June Tabor, â€˜Iâ€™d have probably done something entirely different.â€™
â€˜She was, as the best of the music itself was, sexy, wild, mysterious, otherworldly and vulnerable all at the same time.â€™
Anne Briggs vocal, guitar (1 & 4), bouzouki (3 & 9) with Johnny Moynihan bouzouki (3)
1Â Blackwater Side
2Â The Snow It Melts the Soonest
3Â Willie Oâ€™Winsbury
4Â Go Your Way
5Â Thorneymoor Woods
6Â The Cuckoo
8Â Young Tambling
9Â Living By the Water
10Â Maa Bonny Lad
Anne Briggs, a free spirit of the 1960s, was also one of the most distinctive and influential singers on the folk scene.
‘If I hadn’t heard her,’ says June Tabor, ‘I’d have probably done something entirely different.’
‘She was,’ writes Colin Harper in his accompanying biographical essay, ‘as the best of the music itself was, sexy, wild, mysterious, otherworldly and vulnerable all at the same time.’
A Collection gathers scattered tracks from rare compilations together with her eponymous Topic album of 1971.
Anne Briggs vocal, guitar (13 & 16), bouzouki (15 & 21)
Johnny Moynihan bouzouki (15)
Ray Fisher vocal (12)