Dick’s Picks: Anne Briggs Extremely Rare Self-Titled Second Album

This week’s pick is an extremely rare 1971 UK 10-track mono LP by one of the leading lights of the sixties acoustic/folk boom, along with Davey Graham, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, Wizz Jones, Shelagh McDonald, Roy Harper, Ralph McTell and others.

Anne Briggs Anne Briggs vinyl LP album (LP record) UK ARGLPAN750027

This was actually her second album, recorded for Bill Leader’s Topic label a mere seven years after her first, because [as described in the sleeve notes] “Getting Anne Briggs into a recording studio is like enticing a wild bird into a cage”.

A highly influential figure in the English folk music revival, being a source of songs and musical inspiration for others such as A.L. Lloyd, Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page, The Watersons, June Tabor, Sandy Denny, Richard Thompson and Maddy Prior. This is one of the precious few albums she left to history as she never really bothered about the traditional views of ‘success’ and ‘fame’, preferring instead to play a constant series of small clubs throughout her career. By all accounts, a determined woman who knew what she wanted from life and ‘pop star’ was not a part of it.

To those in the know, she has continued to influence to this very day and this is one of the many reasons that her all too few studio recordings are treated like the rare jewels they are.

This copy is a stunner.

Anne Briggs Anne Briggs vinyl LP album (LP record) UK ARGLPAN750027


The sleeve remains a nice ivory with the merest hint of shelfwear to show for nearly fifty years in the wild.
The spine and unlaminated rear text remains clear and as readable as it did in 1971.
The only flaw of note that can be listed other than very light shelfwear is a minor ‘rippling’ to the unlaminated back of the sleeve.
I’m guessing that this is pretty much as it came when it was first purchased.

The vinyl is staggering. Pressed on good old solid vinyl that has retained its sheen and, although played, has obviously been well looked after and has no defects or blemishes to speak of.
I can’t think of much else to say about the vinyl as it really is beautiful and to all intents and purposes near ‘as new’.

A wonderful copy of this great and elusive album in spectacular condition.
If there are better copies out there, then good luck finding them.
We’ve only seen one as good as this one in over thirty years of trading.

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1 Comment

  1. This is *actually* Annie’s first LP. Previous recording sessions for Topic yielded one EP, The Hazards of Love in 1964 and several tracks that appeared on compilation albums The Bird in the Bush (1966) and The Iron Muse (1964). The Time Has Come on CBS was her second album. Incidentally, she also appeared on Decca’s Edinburgh Folk Festival, volumes 1 and 2, from 1963.

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