Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the marketing insanity for Pirates of the Caribbean II continues to echo in the popular mindset, this whopping yet seemingly near-underground document -- born from the minds of the film's director, Gore Verbinski, his pal Johnny Depp, and Anti-Epitaph label boss and Verbinski buddy Brett Gurewitz -- may end up as a lasting contribution to the populace at large without them even knowing it. Surely it lends its own weighty blend of blood, sweat, and tears to the folkloric literature of sea shanties and pirate songs, though cranks like Alan Lomax and John Jacob Niles are certainly turning over in their graves if they have any extraterrestrial knowledge of its existence. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
While the marketing insanity for Pirates of the Caribbean II continues to echo in the popular mindset, this whopping yet seemingly near-underground document -- born from the minds of the film's director, Gore Verbinski, his pal Johnny Depp, and Anti-Epitaph label boss and Verbinski buddy Brett Gurewitz -- may end up as a lasting contribution to the populace at large without them even knowing it. Surely it lends its own weighty blend of blood, sweat, and tears to the folkloric literature of sea shanties and pirate songs, though cranks like Alan Lomax and John Jacob Niles are certainly turning over in their graves if they have any extraterrestrial knowledge of its existence. Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys, produced by Hal Willner, has gathered up the usual outrageous, inspired, ambitious, sometimes ridiculously grouped musicians to record folksongs of the sea, from the call-and-response grunting and occasionally obscene work songs sung by men from the old seas who worked the riggings in rhythm, to pirates who needed much as modern-day rappers to boast of their exploits. Willner gathered together some 75 songs and went to Seattle to hang with Bill Frisell to discuss the project. Frisell gathered the Akron Family, Wayne Horvitz, and Eyvind Kang to be a kind of house band there, and netted a slew of songs from the likes of Robin Holcomb whose reading of "Dead Horse" is one of the most beautiful and haunting things here; the notorious Baby Gramps whose version of "Cape Cod Girls" starts everything off with a harrumph, and a slew of others. He later went to Los Angeles, New York, London, Dublin, and god knows where else, finding roots musicians to be an ad hoc house band. In London, Warren Ellis of Dirty Three and Bad Seeds fame and Kate St. John formed a unit with some other folks, and in L.A. it was Jack Shit and friends. But this is the back of the story, actually. The singers include everybody from pop blowhards like Sting and Bono, who do respectable jobs well, not Bono: he blows it big-time on "A Dying Sailor to His Shipmates" because he can't help himself, to wildmen like David Thomas of Pere Ubu and Nick Cave; from modern-day darlings like Lucinda Williams and Rufus Wainwright who sings with his mom, Kate McGarrigle while his cranky old dad Loudon Wainwright III makes an appearance for two cuts; to strange adventurers like Mark Anthony Thompson, Jarvis Cocker, and Bob Neuwirth; from bona fide rock eccentrics like Antony, Jolie Holland, Bryan Ferry, Van Dyke Parks, Stan Ridgway, and Gavin Friday in Ireland anyway to rock legends Ferry fits here, too like Lou Reed; to indie rock songwriting iconoclasts Joseph Arthur and Ed Harcourt; bona fide recluses like Mary Margaret O'Hara; true traditionalists like John C. Reilly, Martin Carthy and family Eliza Carthy on her own, too, and Richard and Teddy Thompson. Oh yeah, and one true counterculture icon: Ralph Steadman! There's a whale load of 43 cuts spread out over two discs in a handsome package. It's bound to lose money unless some uptight Amerikanskis get adventurous real quick and buy it to put on their iPods to play on their sailboats and yachts, or if NPR does a feature on it for the yups that would make both Ishmael and Captain Ahab proud. There are many standouts here, but those that really shake up the decks are Eliza Carthy's "Rolling Sea," Bryan Ferry's two contributions -- the entirely creepy "The Cruel Ship's Captain," and his duet with Antony "Lowlands Low" -- Nick Cave's "Pinery Boy" and his hilariously evil "Fire Down Below," Gavin Friday's "Baltimore Whores," Richard Thompson's reverential and lonesome "Mingualy Boat Song," Martin Carthy and family's "Hog-Eye Man," O'Hara's stirring "The Cry of Man," Cocker's wondrously cannibalistic "A Drop of Nelson's Blood," and Mark Anthony Thompson's hunted "Haul Away Joe." This doesn't mean there are other things here that will appeal to the masses, or even to the few. Let's face it, Baby Gramps, as great as he is, is only gonna make a few hearts those that are diseased, most likely, or warped, most surely flutter. Williams is good, but Parks is better, and Joseph Arthur can be downright scary when he wants to be: remember Tom Waits' contribution to another Willner project, Stay Awake: Interpretations of Vintage Disney Films? There you have it. There is something here for most, and something to piss off everyone else. The real deal is this: by bringing up these old relics -- some of which took considerable research to find -- Willner has done a service to folk culture by presenting it in such an oddball, loose, and fun way to the masses. Perhaps that rarefied world of folk culture fascists who will remain unnamed here may take umbrage, but consider those who will actually get turned on by this music and research the old songs themselves. Certainly that may be a choice few; for the rest, there is untold knowledge to be gained for random conversation, filling in the "personal weird stuff" file in their brains, and perhaps, if urbane enough, may spark a discussion for a moment or so until the next really "big" thing distracts them. Any way you hoist it, Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys is a treasure trove of the beautiful, the weird, the arcane, and the dangerous right out there on the record store shelves for anyone with a few dollars to spare to be awed or amused by.
New York Times - Ben Ratliff
Chanteys are durable songs, and this turns out to be a strong album with heart as well as ideas: the conscious weirdness doesn’t render it inconsequential.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/22/2006
  • Label: Anti
  • UPC: 045778681723
  • Catalog Number: 86817
  • Sales rank: 140,586

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cape Cod Girls - Baby Gramps (7:14)
  2. 2 Mingualy Boat Song - Richard Thompson (4:13)
  3. 3 My Son John - John C. Reilly (1:38)
  4. 4 Fire Down Below (2:50)
  5. 5 Turkish Revelry (4:21)
  6. 6 Bully in the Alley - Three Pruned Men (2:30)
  7. 7 The Cruel Ship's Captain (3:35)
  8. 8 Dead Horse (2:54)
  9. 9 Spanish Ladies (2:22)
  10. 10 Coast of High Barbary (4:02)
  11. 11 Haul Away Joe - Chocolate Genius (4:10)
  12. 12 Dan Dan - David Thomas (0:50)
  13. 13 Blood Red Roses - Sting (2:44)
  14. 14 Sally Brown - Teddy Thompson (2:54)
  15. 15 Lowlands Away (3:25)
  16. 16 Baltimore Whores (4:40)
  17. 17 Rolling Sea (4:49)
  18. 18 The Mermaid - UK Group (2:23)
  19. 19 Haul on the Bowline (1:29)
  20. 20 A Dying Sailor to His Shipmates - Bono (4:44)
  21. 21 Bonnie Portmore (3:36)
  22. 22 Shenandoah - Jack Shit (2:58)
  23. 23 The Cry of Man (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Boney Was a Warrior - Jack Shit (1:55)
  2. 2 Good Ship Venus (3:15)
  3. 3 Long Time Ago (2:35)
  4. 4 Pinery Boy (3:15)
  5. 5 Lowlands Low - Antony (2:35)
  6. 6 One Spring Morning - Akron/Family (5:25)
  7. 7 Hog-Eye Man - Martin Carthy & Family (2:44)
  8. 8 The Fiddler - Ricky Jay (1:34)
  9. 9 Caroline and Her Young Sailor Bold (3:58)
  10. 10 Fathom the Bowl - John C. Reilly (3:44)
  11. 11 What Do We Do with a Drunken Sailor - David Thomas (3:44)
  12. 12 Farewell Nancy (6:06)
  13. 13 Hanging Johnny (3:28)
  14. 14 Old Man of the Sea - Baby Gramps (5:18)
  15. 15 Greenland Whale Fisheries (4:41)
  16. 16 Shallow Brown - Sting (2:30)
  17. 17 The Grey Funnel Line (4:53)
  18. 18 A Drop of Nelson's Blood (7:10)
  19. 19 Leave Her Johnny (5:30)
  20. 20 Little Boy Billee (5:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Martin Carthy Group Member
Robin Holcomb Piano, Vocals
Loudon Wainwright III Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Nick Cave Vocals
Bryan Ferry Piano, Vocals
Robyn Hitchcock Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Piano, Vocals
Lou Reed Guitar, Vocals
Sting Vocals
Richard Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Lucinda Williams Guitar, Vocals
Rob Wasserman Bass
Gavin Friday Vocals, Background Vocals
Bob Neuwirth Vocals
David Thomas Vocals
Martyn Barker Percussion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Art Baron Trombone
Martin Brumbach Background Vocals
Robbie Casserly Percussion, Drums
Jarvis Cocker Guitar, Vocals, Vocoder
David Coulter Fiddle
Debra Dobkin Percussion, Background Vocals
Anto Drennan Guitar
Terry Edwards Flugelhorn
Warren Ellis Strings, Violin, Vocals
Davey Faragher Bass, Background Vocals
Bill Frisell Guitar
Wayne Horvitz Keyboards
Neil Larsen Accordion
Val McCallum Guitar, Background Vocals
Tony Molloy Bass
Jenni Muldaur Vocals, Background Vocals
Andy Newmark Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ed Pastorini Harmonium, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Greg Prestopino Background Vocals
Kate St. John Accordion, Horn, Oboe, Vocals
Pete Thomas Drums, Background Vocals
Hal Willner Background Vocals
Dominic Richards Bass, Background Vocals
Joe Berardi Percussion, Drums
Adam Dorn Background Vocals
Rory McFarlane Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Jane Scarpantoni Cello
Eliza Carthy Violin, Vocals, Group Member
Mary Margaret O'Hara Vocals
Maurice Seezer Piano, Accordion
Kate McGarrigle Guitar, Vocals
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
Norma Waterson Group Member
Joseph Arthur Vocals
Ralph Steadman Vocals, Background Vocals
Pietra Wexstun Piano
Doug Pettibone Guitar, Background Vocals
Vera Beren Background Vocals
Eyvind Kang Flute, Violin
Mocean Worker Percussion
Andrea Corr Vocals
Peter Stanley Banjo
Teddy Thompson Guitar, Vocals
Chocolate Genius Vocals
Zoë Conway Strings, Background Vocals
Richard Hawley Guitar
Jenny Scheinman Violin
Ed Harcourt Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Leo Abrahams Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Richard Greene & Beryl Marriott Violin
Baby Gramps Guitar, Vocals
Nicholas Cords Viola
Rainy Orteca Guitar, Background Vocals
Keith Moline Guitar
Ross Orton Drums
Tim van Eyken Accordion, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mira Billotte Vocals
Steve Mackey Bass
Lee Ann Brown Background Vocals
Phiiliip Morgan Banjo, Irish Whistle
John C. Reilly Vocals
Ricky Jay Vocals
Arthur Baron Trombone, Background Vocals, Didjeridu, tin whistle
Johnny Gandelsman Violin
Eric Jaconbsen Cello
Seth Olinsky Guitar, Background Vocals
Miles Seaton Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Douglas Shaw Vocals
Jack Shit Guitar, Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Accordion
Tony Torn Background Vocals
Ryan Vanderhoof Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals
Dave-Id Busaras Vocals
Jim White Drums, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Tommy Roe Engineer
Gavin Friday Music Direction
Cyril Tawney Composer
Martin Brumbach Engineer
Jarvis Cocker Producer
Warren Ellis Music Direction
Bill Frisell Music Direction
John Kilgore Engineer
David Rideau Engineer
Kate St. John Music Direction
Gore Verbinski Executive Producer
Hal Willner Producer
Johnny Depp Executive Producer
Eric Liljestrand Engineer
Graham Sutton Producer, Engineer
Howard Pyle Cover Art
Dave Slevin Engineer
Ryan Hadlock Engineer
Traditional Composer
Jenny Scheinman String Arrangements
Phiiliip Morgan Annotation
Vanessa Parr Engineer
Jack Shit Music Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Parents Be Wary

    I read both preceding reviews and purchased anyway having listened through both disks with my boys (ages 6 and 8) I say both reviews are accurate. The production values are bad in most cases. My younger son described the first track on the second disk as “ugly and burpish”, I agree. The version of Deadmans’ Chest is awful. For the most part, they are simple songs, simply done. Despite this, I am pleased with my purchase. We three males are enjoying most of the songs. We all sing out load “… Drag your nuts across me guts…” – this from the Whores of Baltimore. I am sure my children do not understand what they are singing about I hope their Mother doesn’t either. There are a couple of other tunes to be flat out avoided. Track 2 on the first disk is a composite of limericks you do not want grade school children to hear. There is one, early on the second disk with much use of the “F” word. Parents should listen fist by themselves or be prepared to fast forward. If you are an adult with out children, buy this disk, forgive the slop and enjoy the fun (Track 2 on the first disk). If you are an adult with young children, buy this disk but be wary, this is not Kid’z Bop. If you are an adult child with children buy this disk, spin it, enjoy but be prepared for a call from your ex-wife or their teacher.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rogue's Gallery excites the Senses

    From ballads to bawdy, you will find yourself foot stomping to the music and singing some of the words. I wake up in the morning humming the music. Try it, you'll like it. Some of the past is in all of us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hang these people from the highest yard arm

    This may be the worse album ever made. Are they kidding with this. There are a 1,000 better sea chantey albums than this. No sailor in his or her right mind would play this. I fast forwarded through more cuts that I listened to. "What do you do with a drunken sailor?" defies explanation. I know what to do with this singer (David Thomas) tell him to shut the hell up.Thank God for Sting. If not for him I would of thrown myself overboard.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Treasure From the Depths

    I wasn't familiar with authentic sea chanteys before this record came out. The genre always interested me to an extent with the resurge in pirating. This definitely did not disappoint. It is nice to hear something different in an oversaturated music market. The list of performers is also impressive: Lou Reed, Baby Gramps, Sting, Bono, Jolie Holland, etc. You can't go wrong it's simply amazing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to the days of real pirates

    In today’s world when you think of pirates you think of Johnny Depp with shiny teeth and Mickey Mouse ears. But the way pirates should be looked at are as vulgar, lonely, pillagers. If you think of pirates in this manner you will enjoy the interpretations of Rogue’s Gallery brings to their music. An eclectic array of not only artist but also the unique styles they bring to the music. From Sting to Nick Cave, Bono to Jolie Holland the only thing lacking from this cd is a ship to take you away and sail the 7 seas. I highly enjoyed this cd. The interpretations of these songs were unique in a way that only these artists could deliver.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quantity, No Quality

    I heard an ad for this album on NPR and rushed out that very day to my local BN store. I devoured the liner notes, and was extremely excited. But then I listened to this album. Twice, from beginning to end. My excitement quickly to disappointment. The first time I wanted a feel for the album--both CD's, about 50 songs. It was so bad I ended up fast-forwarding through 90% of the tracks the first time around. I figured I needed some time to digest the music, to fully appreciate the songs, so I started again to see if I could discover the talent and artistry hidden somewhere in the album I somehow missed the first go around. But, alas, I could not. There are a great many problems with this album. I will highlight a few that were most evident. First, as the liner notes boast, the album was produced at the last minute and quite haphazardly. This is extremely evident in the shoddy mixing and overall amateur feel of each song, as well as the construction and order of the album as a whole. There is a jerky start and stop to the rhythm, switching abruptly between sappy ballads, rambling chanteys, and downright dull interpretations. Many tracks rely on ambient musical arrangements that are just awful. Not to mention each performer seems to perform their track their way, without regard to continuity or overall “listenability”. Second (this one was most disappointing) these are not period performances. Did they really have ambient electronic synthesizers on the high seas? There is heavy reliance on electric guitar, synthetic harmonies, and just disappointing arrangements in nearly every track. If you are a fan of traditional acoustic Folk, Irish, Appalachian, or any other related genres, take caution with this album—you will waste a lot of time, and end up disappointed. Thirdly, even a song I knew, “What do you do with a drunken sailor,” was so mangled and twisted, I could not recognize what song I was listening to for nearly a minute into the track. What should have been a bawdy, rowdy chantey/drinking song turned into a sappy ambient guitar performance that was simply annoying. This album appears to have no respect for the music, and these interpretations are simply disappointing. Even the hard-core pirate fan will feel the pang of regret after listening to this album. I could write volumes on what is wrong with this album going track by miserable track, but I realize I should not waste any more of my time on it. I suggest you do the same and avoid it. This album is not worth your time or money.

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    Posted October 27, 2010

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