Kronos Quartet - Folk Songs

140 Gram Black Vinyl LP Record

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Folk Songs is a studio album by American string quartet Kronos Quartet, released in June 2017 via Nonesuch Records.

Kronos Quartet was formed in 1972 by violinist David Harrington and has been in existence now for more than 40 years. Long time members include John Sherba (violin) and Hank Dutt (viola) with Sunny Yang (cello) joining the band in 2013. They have released more than 40 studio albums and specialise in contemporary classical music, and have performed more than 750 works specially commissioned for them.

This album features nine tracks drawn from American, British and French traditional songbooks with guest vocalists. The album is a follow-up to the band’s participation in a couple of festivals to celebrate Nonesuch Records 50th Anniversary in 2014 in London and New York. Fellow Nonesuch Records label mates Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant participated in these live concerts, and then later recorded the songs for this album with producer Doug Petty.

The arrangements and accompaniment by the quartet are superb throughout the album and allow space for the singers voices to shine. The backing arrangement on “Factory Girl” is especially beautiful creating a wonderful atmospheric backing to draw the listener into the song and focus on the story being told in the song. The tone of the album is fairly sombre with the exception of Rhiannon Giddens take on “Lullaby”. Merchant’s take on “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier” is beautiful rework of a haunting song about the horrors of conflict popular around the War of Independence. American folk musician, Sam Amidon brings a mournful splendour to “Oh Where”, the mountain blues with subtle guitar backing among the strings.

This is an album that adds something special to the cannon of folk and roots music.

Check out the tracks:  Oh Where”; “Ramblin’ Boy”; “The Butcher’s Boy”; andFactory Girl”.

This LP Record is on 140 gram black vinyl with an inner sleeve, pressed in the US.

(075597938746)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Featuring

A1

Oh Where

Sam Amidon

A2

Ramblin' Boy

Olivia Chaney

A3

The Butcher's Boy

Natalie Merchant

A4

Factory Girl

Rhiannon Giddens

B1

Last Kind Words

 

B2

I See the Sign

Sam Amidon

B3

Montague, que tu es haute

Olivia Chaney

B4

Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier

Natalie Merchant

B5

Lullaby

Rhiannon Giddens

SKU 075597938746
Record Label Nonesuch Records
Label / Model # Warner
Catalogue Number 559151-1
Country US - United States
Release Date (Year) 09 June 2017
Original Release Date (Year) 09 June 2017
Barcode # 075597938746
Shipping Weight 0.2550kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 140 Gram Black Vinyl, Inner Sleeve
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Folk
Genre Folk Rock
Genre Country
Format VINYL LP

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