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Anne Briggs – The Time Has Come

Offering some of her first original compositions, ‘The Time Has Come’ was a break from tradition in more ways than one for Anne Briggs. Where previous recordings displayed the unaccompanied melodies of her voice, this album – originally released by CBS in 1971 – brings additional instrumentation in the form of guitar and bouzouki. The result is that her vocals are not submerged, but heightened – the plucked strings providing the perfect foil for her crystalline inflection.

‘The Time Has Come’ is a mix of Anne’s own songs alongside some notable covers (Lal Waterson, Steve Ashley, Stan Ellison, Henry McCulloch). All are graced with the quietly self-assured elegance of Anne’s playing, with sounds ranging from the breezy ‘Clea Caught A Rabbit’ to the terrible beauty of ‘Wishing Well’ – each song typifying thebouzouki or guitar style. To say that Anne was an accomplished picker is to do her something of an disservice – the intricacy of her finger-work rivals – and more often than not eclipses – any number of her contemporaries.

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Features liner notes by Colin Harper, alongside previously unseen photographs by Brian Shuel.

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Released June 30th 2017, Earth Records