Hard Cash

Hard Cash

     
 

Music and politics are uneasy, if frequent, partners. The problem is that music itself is perfectly abstract -- it's virtually impossible to evoke a concrete image or a specific idea with music. For that you need words, which means songs, and it's sad but generally true that when the words are the most important part of the song, the music is usually obvious, silly,…  See more details below

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Music and politics are uneasy, if frequent, partners. The problem is that music itself is perfectly abstract -- it's virtually impossible to evoke a concrete image or a specific idea with music. For that you need words, which means songs, and it's sad but generally true that when the words are the most important part of the song, the music is usually obvious, silly, or hackneyed. People who can create both masterful lyrics and inspired music are a rare and precious breed; people who can do both in the service of a sociopolitical agenda are even rarer. Which brings us to Hard Cash, a collection of songs "from, and inspired by, the BBC-TV series" of the same name, a series that examined the plight of Britain's working class. Now, the plight of Britain's working class is an eminently worthy topic and one which probably resulted in an excellent documentary series. And heaven knows that the plight of the working class has also inspired any number of fine songs the world over. But not very many of those found their way onto this collection, which features Richard Thompson's fine "Time to Ring Some Changes" and June Tabor's hair-raising rendition of "The Jute Mill Song" and 12 other fair-to-mediocre songs by fair-to-good singers. On the positive end are Clive Gregson and Christine Collister, who do themselves proud with "The Great Provider" and the despairing "Good with My Hands"; at the other end is the unlistenable Ron Kavana, not to mention Dave Kelly singing the embarrassingly ham-fisted "You're the Pits." Thompson and Tabor deliver two tracks each, which means that this disc is worth the price. The rest is potluck.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/05/1993
Label:
Green Linnet
UPC:
0048248304924
catalogNumber:
3049

Tracks

  1. Time To Ring Some Changes  - Richard Thompson
  2. The Great Provider  - Christine Collister
  3. A Living Wage  - Ron Kavana
  4. Work Life Out To Keep Life In  - Martin Carthy
  5. You're The Pits  - Dave Kelly
  6. Odd Job Man  - Jo Ann Kelly
  7. Mrs. Rita  - June Tabor
  8. Hilda's Cabinet Band  -  Watersons
  9. Force On The Workforce  - Keith Hancock
  10. The Jute Mill Song  - June Tabor
  11. Master and Servant  - Hilary Fletcher
  12. Oh I Swear  - Richard Thompson
  13. The Guernsey Kitchen Porter  - Michael Marra
  14. Good With My Hands  - Christine Collister

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Martin Carthy   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ron Kavana   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
June Tabor   Vocals,Track Performer
Watersons   Track Performer
Clive Gregson   Guitar,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Richard Thompson   Background Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Kelly   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Ian Lynn   Keyboards
Jo Ann Kelly   Vocals,Track Performer
Christine Collister   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Alan Dunn   Accordion
Peter Filleul   Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hilary Fletcher   Vocals,Track Performer
Keith Hancock   Vocals,Melodion,Track Performer,Melodeon
Chris Leslie   Fiddle
Michael Marra   Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
Dave Mattacks   Drums
Waterson   Vocals
Pete Zorn   Flute,Whistle (Instrument),Penny Whistle
Andrew Brown   Guitar

Technical Credits

Peter Filleul   Producer
David Henshaw   Producer
Tim Young   Mastering

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