The Time Has Come EARTH 9/10 early ’70s masterclass from elusive folkie Anne Briggs had been a mercurial presence on the British folk scene for a decade before cutting her debut album. She considered herself an interpreter of traditional folk above all, fishing for common truths amid the depths of old border ballads on 1964 EP “The Hazards Of Love” and her self-titled 1971 debut album. The Time Has Come followed later the same year, and is a gorgeous, guileless summation of her talents. The wavering purity of Briggs’ voice is framed by nimble acoustic guitar and, on occasion, bouzouki. The title track had already been covered by ex-lover Bert Jansch by the time she claimed it as her own. But it’s eclipsed by a version of Steve Ashley’s “Fire And Wine” that finds Briggs chasing away the frosts of winter in her best fluting voice. “Sandman’s Song” and “Tangled Man” are quietly exquisite too, allied to a fresh arrangement of a sole traditional, “Standing On The Shore”, in which she conjures the elements in a manner that’s both airy and strangely disquieting. A harsh self-critic, it would be 25 years before Briggs let us hear her silvery tones on record again. Extras. none.