Granite Years: Best of 1986-1997

Granite Years: Best of 1986-1997

by OysterbandOysterband


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An impressive collection, Granite Years: Best of 1986-1997 contains over two hours of the finest Oysterband has to offer. Frequently, such comprehensive releases are the cause for debate among the most devoted fans. But that is not the scenario surrounding this release. From Step Outside's "Hal-an-Tow" to Wide Blue Yonder's "The Oxford Girl" to Holy Bandits' "Blood Wedding" to Deep Dark Ocean's "Native Son," this release hits all of the key tracks by this legendary British folk-rock band. If there is any drawback, it is that no track from their 1991 release, From Little Rock to Leipzig, was included and a whopping seven tracks from their previous best-of release, Trawler, grace the track list of this two-CD set. It should be clarified that Trawler was a collection of re-recorded favorites that originally appeared on previous albums. That's a minor detail that won't matter to the uninitiated and is easily overlooked by the hardcore fan simply due to the preponderance of superb material found within these 30 tracks. Ideally, an historic, detailed outline chronicling this band should have been included with the liner notes, but since Oysterband's music demands attention, perhaps a literary supplementation would've only detracted from the listening experience.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/24/2009
Label: Imports
UPC: 0711297159622
catalogNumber: 849304
Rank: 82976

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oysterband   Primary Artist
Kathryn Tickell   Small Pipes
June Tabor   Vocals
Christine Collister   Vocals
John Jones   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Melodeon
Ian Kearey   Bass
Russell Lax   Drums
Alan Prosser   Banjo,Guitar,Mandolin,Violin,Vocals
Ian Telfer   Violin,Concertina
Sara Allen   Whistle (Instrument)
Chopper   Bass,Cello,Vocals
Lee   Drums,Vocals

Technical Credits

June Tabor   Producer
Clive Gregson   Producer
Oysterband   Arranger
Pat Collier   Producer
John Ravenhall   Producer
Scott   Producer
Jackie Sheridan   Producer
Ian Telfer   Arranger
Alan Scott   Producer
Jak Kilby   Cover Art
Bleddyn Butcher   Back Cover

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