Sea Shanties

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All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Adams
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/10/1999
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266352821
  • Catalog Number: 63528
  • Sales rank: 11,205

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blow the Man Down - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (1:33)
  2. 2 Bound for the Rio Grande - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:21)
  3. 3 Lowlands - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (4:47)
  4. 4 Whup! Jamboree - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (1:52)
  5. 5 Tom's Gone to Hilo - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:47)
  6. 6 A-Roving - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:58)
  7. 7 Good-Bye, Fare Ye Well - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (3:07)
  8. 8 What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor? - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:50)
  9. 9 The Shaver - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:07)
  10. 10 Stormalong, John - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (3:07)
  11. 11 Swansea Town - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:57)
  12. 12 Haul Away Joe - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (1:52)
  13. 13 Shenandoah - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (4:38)
  14. 14 Santy Anno - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:04)
  15. 15 The Drummer and the Cook - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:27)
  16. 16 Spanish Ladies - Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus (2:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Robert Shaw Chorale Primary Artist
Robert Shaw Indexed Contributor, Conductor
Jack Hotop Guitar
James Stover Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Thomas Pyle Baritone, Baritone (Vocal)
William Diard Tenor Saxophone, Tenor (Vocal)
Robert Shaw Chorale Male Chorus Track Performer
Technical Credits
Bernard Keville Engineer
Alice Parker Arranger, Liner Notes
Robert Shaw Arranger, Composer
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