RAY COOPER (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband) | Tales of Love War & Death by Hanging

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Tales of Love War & Death by Hanging

by RAY COOPER (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)

Known to most people as Chopper, Ray Cooper has been a longstanding member of the award winning group Oysterband. Long awaited, and here it is: Ray Cooper’s solo album debut.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Puritan
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
4:51 $0.99
2. The Dark Days Are Over
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
4:35 $0.99
3. Border Widow’s Lament
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
4:19 $0.99
4. Mc Pherson’s Rant
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
5:16 $0.99
5. I Kiss The Night / Jämtland Bridal Marc
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
4:33 $0.99
6. The Grey Goose Wing
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
5:36 $0.99
7. In Your Sweet Arms
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
3:59 $0.99
8. The Highwayman
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
3:38 $0.99
9. My Compass Points To North
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
4:10 $0.99
10. Ye Jacobites By Name / Sir Archibald MacDonald of Keppoch
Ray Cooper (a.k.a. Chopper of Oysterband)
6:10 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tales of Love War and Death by Hanging shows Ray's voice off to full effect as well as his song writing and multi-instrumental skills.
Although most of the songs are self penned, there is a generous sprinkling of traditional material from Scotland and Sweden. The heart of the album lies somewhere between the old world and the new, at times giving a pithy relevance to events that happened in the distant past.
Ray produced and recorded this album in a small log cabin in Sweden, accompanying himself on cello, harmonium, guitar, mandolin, mandola, harmonica and kantele. A friend, the fiddle player Patrik Andersson (won Norwegian Folk Awards for ‘best dance album 2008’) helped out with string arrangements, contributing violin, viola and hardanger fiddle. The sound is simple but at times evokes a much bigger scale. Ray cites influences such as; T-Bone Burnett, Enio Morricone, Johnny Cash and June Tabor to name but a few.
The recordings then came to the Brighton UK for some additional overdubs and mixing with executive producer Al Scott.



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In love and not fighting it
I'm an Oysterband fan for half of my life and when a second solo debut - the first being John Jones' Rising Road, go and listen, it's worth it - hit my ears this year I was more than a little surprised.
In a good way.
A man and a cello. Sometimes a man and a guitar. A surprising voice, that has not been heard much and so prominent when he is Chopper.
A fine melange of ancestry and present - when Scandinavia meets Scotland, on peaceful terms this time.
Strong lyrics, both old and new, but never outdated. The Border's Widow Lament is as hauntingly valid today as it was when the song was originally sung. Robert Burn's classis Ye Jacobites - I love to listen to it together with the opener of this CD, The Puritan.
It is difficult to pick a favourite, each song has its mood and its time, but The Dark Days Are Over is currently winning. You have to listen to this one carefully, otherwise you might miss Rowan Godel's lovely voice.

Now I just wonder if I have to wait another I don't know how many years for a follow up to this wonderful CD.