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Rogue's Gallery (Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys)

Various Artists

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Disc 1:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Cape Cod Girls Baby Gramps MP3 sample
  2   Mingulay Boat Song Richard Thompson MP3 sample
  3   My Son John John C. Reilly MP3 sample
  4   Fire Down Below Nick Cave MP3 sample
  5   Turkish Revelry Loudon Wainwright III MP3 sample
  6   Bully In The Alley Three Pruned Men MP3 sample
  7   The Cruel Ship's Captain Bryan Ferry MP3 sample
  8   Dead Horse Robin Halcomb MP3 sample
  9   Spanish Ladies Bill Frisell MP3 sample
  10   Coast Of High Barbary Joseph Arthur MP3 sample
  11   Haul Away Joe Mark Anthony Thompson MP3 sample
  12   Dan Dan David Thomas  
  13   Blood Red Roses Sting MP3 sample
  14   Sally Brown Teddy Thompson MP3 sample
  15   Lowlands Away Rufus Wainwright & Kate McGarrigle MP3 sample
  16   Baltimore Whores Gavin Friday MP3 sample
  17   Rolling Sea Eliza Carthy MP3 sample
  18   The Mermaid Martin Carthy & The UK Group MP3 sample
  19   Haul On The Bowline Bob Neuwirth MP3 sample
  20   A Dying Sailor To His Shipmates Bono MP3 sample
  21   Bonnie Portmore Lucinda Williams MP3 sample
  22   Shenandoah Richard Greene & Jack Shit MP3 sample
  23   The Cry Of Man Mary Margret O'Hara MP3 sample
Disc 2:
  # Track Name Artist MP3 Sample
  1   Boney Was A Warrior Jack Shit MP3 sample
  2   Good Ship Venus Loudon Wainwright III MP3 sample
  3   Long Time Ago White Magic MP3 sample
  4   Pinery Boy Nick Cave MP3 sample
  5   Lowlands Low Bryan Ferry With Antony MP3 sample
  6   One Spring Morning Akron/ Family MP3 sample
  7   Hog Eye Man Martin Carthy & Family MP3 sample
  8   The Fiddler Ricky Jay & Richard Greene MP3 sample
  9   Caroline And Her Young Sailor Bold Andrea Corr MP3 sample
  10   Fathom The Bowl John C. Reilly MP3 sample
  11   What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor David Thomas MP3 sample
  12   Farewell Nancy Ed Harcourt MP3 sample
  13   Hanging Johnny Stan Ridgeway MP3 sample
  14   Old Man Of The Sea Baby Gramps MP3 sample
  15   Greenland Whale Fisheries Van Dyke Parks MP3 sample
  16   Shallow Brown Sting MP3 sample
  17   The Grey Funnel Line Jolie Holland MP3 sample
  18   A Drop Of Nelson's Blood Jarvis Cocker MP3 sample
  19   Leave Her Johnny Lou Reed MP3 sample
  20   Little Boy Billee Ralph Steadman MP3 sample

Smoke Notes

An ambitious and unusual project helmed by Director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp. A double disc set, featuring over 36 artists - the concept for the album came about when the pair (credited as executive producers here) were working together on the Pirates Of The Caribbean series of films and became fascinated by the songs and culture of the sailors and (especially) pirates of the era. Classic and traditional folk songs of the sea are given voice by some of the most significant voices in popular music at the moment and a few surprises. An adventurous mix of voices from Sting and Bono to Jolie Holland and Jarvis Cocker.
Produced by Hal Willner, who showed his knack for musical matchmaking on the Disney Stay Awake and Charles Mingus and continues to do so for this project. The pairing of Roxy Music's Bryan Ferry with Antony (he of The Johnsons fame – responsible for probably the most exciting and out of left-field albums of last year) for example, is an inspired one.
Nick Cave's typically swaggering rendition of 'Fire Down Below' is another of the album's high points (despite being an ode to venerial disease!) as is the crazed and spooky reading of 'What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor' by Pere Ubu's David Thomas, with wheezy accordian accompaniment - conjuring up images of a lone seaman, long driven mad, sailing aimlessly in uncharted waters waiting to be taken by one of the beasts of the ocean. Brilliant stuff.

This collection is a great success and yet another fine release from the forward-thinking Anti label. Hats off to the good folk at Shock for making it available to us locally! Recommended.

Product Details

Artist: Various Artists
Album: Rogue's Gallery (Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys)
Cat #: E868172
Date: 15/08/2006
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 2
Label: Shock
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 Days
Genres: Compilations , Pop
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