The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #110621 Message #2324436
Posted By: GUEST,Shimrod
24-Apr-08 - 12:43 PM
Thread Name: Bertsongs? (songs of A. L. 'Bert' Lloyd)
Subject: RE: Bertsongs?
So far I have seen no mention 9although I may have missed it!) of one of Bert's finest achievemnts, his editorship, with Ralph Vaughan Williams, of the 'Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' (1959).
This, of course, has recently been revised by Malcolm Douglas and re-issued as 'Classic English Folk Songs' (efdss, 2003).
In his introduction to the new edition, Mr Douglas tells us that, "The [original] editors made it perfectly clear that they had collated, and amended, song texts where they felt that this was desirable ...". He then goes on to discuss these interventions, and Lloyd's "creativity" in general, in much more detail, and rather than me trying to precis him, I would recommend that you read for yourself what he has to say.
Finally, may I remind you that we also have available a CD: 'England & Her Traditional Songs: A selection from the Penguin Book of English Folk Songs' (Fellside, FECD173). In my opinion these recordings represent Bert at the top of his form as a singer.