Classic Maritime Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Classic Maritime Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

     
 
Smithsonian Folkways has a long and distinguished reputation as champions of the maritime tradition, and the long overdue reissue of the 32 tracks on their Classic Maritime Music compilation is a wonder to behold. None of the records that these songs originally appeared on is in print, and the compilers have done a commendable job at choosing representative

Overview

Smithsonian Folkways has a long and distinguished reputation as champions of the maritime tradition, and the long overdue reissue of the 32 tracks on their Classic Maritime Music compilation is a wonder to behold. None of the records that these songs originally appeared on is in print, and the compilers have done a commendable job at choosing representative tracks from the large array of artists whose work has graced many a turntable over the course of the last 60 years. Opening the set are two cuts from New York's South Street Seaport Museum troubadours, the X-Seamen's Institute, a collective whose repertoire was as impressive in size as in execution, and whose several records for Folkways have been long sought after by collectors. Their version of "Shenandoah" is among the most beautiful ever recorded, and the fact that they appear four more times on the collection is a testament to their well-earned place alongside seafaring heavyweights like Lou Killen and Cyril Tawney. Also notable is the inclusion of three tracks from the Foc'sle Singers, a seafaring supergroup of sorts that included Paul Clayton and Dave Van Ronk, who released one of the genre's finest recordings, Foc'sle Songs and Shanties, in 1959. By focusing on the medium's excellent musicianship and clever vocal arrangements, contributions from the Bahamas-based Dicey Doh Singers ("Sloop John B.") and instrumentals from Ellen Cohen ("Ten-Penny Bit") and Tom Sullivan ("Homeward Bound/The Old Slipper Shoe") help to dispel the notion that all sea shanties were merely work songs with a call and response. Excellent tracks by everyone from "salty dogs" like Ewan MacColl to Leadbelly, whose version of the Atlantic sailing shanty "Haul Away Joe" sees the bluesman adapting it to a Mississippi riverboat song, are wonderful windows into a world that's sadly diminishing. As an introduction to the genre, Classic Maritime Music is indispensable, but as a beacon of hope for those who covet the recordings still lost at sea, it's priceless.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/25/2004
Label:
Smithsonian Folkways
UPC:
0093074005323
catalogNumber:
40053
Rank:
86890

Tracks

  1. Roll, Alabama, Roll (The Alabama)
  2. Shenandoah
  3. Clear the Track and Let the Bullgine Roll
  4. Greenland Whale Fisheries
  5. Paddy Doyle's Boots
  6. The Black Ball Line
  7. The Sloop John B.
  8. Tommy's Gone to Hilo
  9. Lord Franklin
  10. The Handsome Cabin Boy
  11. Rio Grande
  12. Run Come See
  13. Ten-Penny Bit
  14. South Australia
  15. Haul Away Joe
  16. Blood-Red Roses
  17. All for Me Grog
  18. Haul on the Bowline
  19. Bully in the Alley
  20. Chesapeake Born
  21. A Hundred Years on the Eastern Shore
  22. Dredgin' Is My Drudgery
  23. Liverpool Judies
  24. Santiano
  25. Reuben Ranzo
  26. The Girls Around Cape Horn
  27. Adieu, My Lovely Nancy
  28. The Dreadnaught
  29. Married to a Mermaid
  30. Boney
  31. Homeward Bound/The Old Slipper Shoe
  32. Homeward Bound

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lead Belly   Guitar,Vocals
Ewan MacColl   Vocals
Paul Clayton   Vocals,Group Member
Peggy Seeger   Vocals
Alan Mills   Vocals
Sam Eskin   Guitar,Vocals
Dave Van Ronk   Vocals,Group Member
Louis Killen   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Bill Caldwell   Vocals
Ellen S. Cohn   Concertina
Terry Corcoran   Vocals,Group Member
John Townley   Vocals,Group Member
Jeff Warner   Vocals
Bob Yellin   Vocals,Group Member
A.L. Lloyd   Vocals
William Pint   Vocals,Group Member
Gerret Warner   Vocals
Danny Aguiar   Vocals,Group Member
Roger Abrahams Ph.D   Vocals,Group Member
Stan Hugill   Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Edward Bethel   Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Marc Bridgham   Vocals,Group Member
Bob Brill   Vocals,Group Member
Crew of the USCG Polar Star   Background Vocals
Dwayne Curtis   Vocals,Group Member
Garland Dean   Vocals,Group Member
Marty Dutcher   Vocals
Stuart M. Frank   Concertina,Vocals,Button Accordion,Melodeon
John Fud Benson   Vocals
Stuart Gillespie   Concertina,Vocals
Tom Goux   Concertina,Vocals
Bernie Klay   Vocals,Group Member
Gilbert LaCombe   Guitar
Shantymen   Vocals
Kermit Strachan   Vocals,Group Member
Jacek Sulanowski   Vocals
Tex Turnquest   Vocals,Group Member
Teresa Whitaker   Vocals
Mark Wisner   Vocals
Tom Wisner   Guitar,Vocals
Frank Woerner   Vocals,Group Member
Tom Sullivan   Banjo,Concertina,Vocals

Technical Credits

X Seamen's Institute   Contributor
Jeff Place   Liner Notes,Annotation
Foc'sle Singers   Contributor
Gold Ring   Contributor
Dicey Doh Singers   Contributor

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