I suppose in common with most people, I first came upon this wonderful “ancient instrument” stuff on the Harvest sampler “Picnic”. This featured the song “Glenlogie” from the second and final such album by Shirley and Dolly Collins viz “Love, Death & the Lady”.
This is another truly beautiful record, though in my view not quite as good as “Anthems in Eden”. The title is most apposite, the first track being a version of “Death and the Lady”, and the rest of the songs concerning lust, love and death.
The cover is like Fleetwood Mac’s second LP ” Mr Wonderful” in that it shows a large face (here that of Shirley Collins), but at right angles to the norm.
You have to open up the gatefold sleeve and turn it through 90 degrees to get the correct picture, here showing Dolly’s disembodied face.
This record does, I have to say, contain one of my all time favourite songs, “Plains of Waterloo”, the opening words of which are the only lyrics printed on the cover.