Sea Shanties

Sea Shanties

by Robert Shaw Chorale
     
 

A renewal of popular interest in sea shanties coincided with the commercial folk craze. Country, folk, and pop artist from Jimmie Driftwood to the Norman Luboff Choir recorded entire albums of seafaring songs, and in 1961 the Men of the Robert Shaw Chorale did the same. Because Shaw's chorus was primarily a classical music ensemble, its interpretations of watery…  See more details below

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A renewal of popular interest in sea shanties coincided with the commercial folk craze. Country, folk, and pop artist from Jimmie Driftwood to the Norman Luboff Choir recorded entire albums of seafaring songs, and in 1961 the Men of the Robert Shaw Chorale did the same. Because Shaw's chorus was primarily a classical music ensemble, its interpretations of watery favorites like "Blow the Man Down" and "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor" are very reserved, polished and precise. None of Driftwood's rowdiness and humor or the Norman Luboff Choir's pop flourishes is to be heard here. The album has a serious, almost academic aura in place of the rousing Pirates of the Caribbean caricatures one might expect. The chorale appealed to intellectual listeners, though, and its approach is in keeping with accepted modes of classical music performance.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Rca
UPC:
0090266352821
catalogNumber:
63528
Rank:
37068

Tracks

  1. Blow the Man Down  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  2. Bound for the Rio Grande  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  3. Lowlands  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  4. Whup! Jamboree  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  5. Tom's Gone to Hilo  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  6. A-Roving  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  7. Good-Bye, Fare Ye Well  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  8. What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  9. The Shaver  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  10. Stormalong, John  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  11. Swansea Town  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  12. Haul Away Joe  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  13. Shenandoah  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  14. Santy Anno  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  15. The Drummer and the Cook  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus
  16. Spanish Ladies  -  Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus

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