Classic Maritime Music from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/25/2004
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways
  • UPC: 093074005323
  • Catalog Number: 40053
  • Sales rank: 40,671

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Roll, Alabama, Roll (The Alabama) - X Seamen's Institute (3:02)
  2. 2 Shenandoah - X Seamen's Institute (3:29)
  3. 3 Clear the Track and Let the Bullgine Roll (1:35)
  4. 4 Greenland Whale Fisheries - Stuart Gillespie (2:14)
  5. 5 Paddy Doyle's Boots - Shantymen (0:39)
  6. 6 The Black Ball Line - Foc'sle Singers (1:01)
  7. 7 The Sloop John B. - The Dicey Doh Singers (2:12)
  8. 8 Tommy's Gone to Hilo - Stuart M. Frank (1:01)
  9. 9 Lord Franklin - Gold Ring (2:15)
  10. 10 The Handsome Cabin Boy - Stuart Gillespie (2:26)
  11. 11 Rio Grande - Foc'sle Singers (2:47)
  12. 12 Run Come See - X Seamen's Institute (2:44)
  13. 13 Ten-Penny Bit (1:31)
  14. 14 South Australia (3:07)
  15. 15 Haul Away Joe (2:52)
  16. 16 Blood-Red Roses (1:36)
  17. 17 All for Me Grog - Fud Benson (3:07)
  18. 18 Haul on the Bowline - Foc'sle Singers (1:21)
  19. 19 Bully in the Alley - Morrigan (1:43)
  20. 20 Chesapeake Born - Tom Wisner (4:17)
  21. 21 A Hundred Years on the Eastern Shore (1:53)
  22. 22 Dredgin' Is My Drudgery - Tom Wisner (2:30)
  23. 23 Liverpool Judies - Stuart M. Frank (1:09)
  24. 24 Santiano - Stan Hugill (1:46)
  25. 25 Reuben Ranzo - X Seamen's Institute (1:29)
  26. 26 The Girls Around Cape Horn - Jacek Sulanowski (2:22)
  27. 27 Adieu, My Lovely Nancy - Morrigan (2:23)
  28. 28 The Dreadnaught - Tom Sullivan (3:31)
  29. 29 Married to a Mermaid - Jacek Sulanowski (1:34)
  30. 30 Boney - X Seamen's Institute (1:09)
  31. 31 Homeward Bound/The Old Slipper Shoe - Tom Sullivan (1:56)
  32. 32 Homeward Bound - Stuart M. Frank (2:31)
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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
Pete Reiniger Mastering
Foc'sle Singers Contributor
Gold Ring Contributor
The Dicey Doh Singers Contributor
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