The Common Stone

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
To describe Bob Davenport's new album as quirky folk doesn't quite do it justice. Yes, the album is, more or less, folk, and the choice of material and performance style is often quirky, but it's presented in a tasteful, professional fashion. With its mixture of instrumentals, a cappella singing, and unusual material, The Common Stone is well conceived, but more importantly, fun. Davenport mischievously segues from a moving rendition of "She Moves Through the Fair" to a halting ragtime version of "You Are My Sunshine" though both songs are thematically similar, they vary widely in cadence. Repeated motifs include war, untrustworthy men, and whiskey. Perhaps the most ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
To describe Bob Davenport's new album as quirky folk doesn't quite do it justice. Yes, the album is, more or less, folk, and the choice of material and performance style is often quirky, but it's presented in a tasteful, professional fashion. With its mixture of instrumentals, a cappella singing, and unusual material, The Common Stone is well conceived, but more importantly, fun. Davenport mischievously segues from a moving rendition of "She Moves Through the Fair" to a halting ragtime version of "You Are My Sunshine" though both songs are thematically similar, they vary widely in cadence. Repeated motifs include war, untrustworthy men, and whiskey. Perhaps the most bizarre track is a group rendition of Brecht's "Alabama Song," a piece that may be familiar to some listeners from the Doors' first album. It follows a Davenport original, "Wild, Wild Whiskey," a song that warns against a life of strong drink, but nonetheless sounds like a perfect tune for late-night pub singing. Davenport's joined by the cream of Britain's traditional musicians, including Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and Norma Waterson. It's interesting to note on releases like The Common Stone that Topic, long known for its commitment to traditional British folk, allows its cadre of artists the luxury of experimenting within tradition. That's what makes Davenport's album so much more interesting and listenable than yet another singer committed to repeating exactly what has come before him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/17/2005
  • Label: Topic Records
  • UPC: 714822055222
  • Catalog Number: 552

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Davenport's Cakewalk (1:33)
  2. 2 Song of the Other Ranks - Mike Waterson (1:59)
  3. 3 Those Men We See (1:54)
  4. 4 Jerusalem - Mike Waterson (1:18)
  5. 5 Jockey to the Fair - Martin Carhy (3:30)
  6. 6 Wealthy Squire - Norma Waterson (2:11)
  7. 7 Bottle Bank (0:31)
  8. 8 She Moved Through the Fair (1:57)
  9. 9 You Are My Sunshine - Lester Simpson (2:51)
  10. 10 The Cuckoo (1:37)
  11. 11 Trust No Man (1:00)
  12. 12 Heart Like a Wheel (2:04)
  13. 13 Song of a German Mother (1:58)
  14. 14 The Drum (0:54)
  15. 15 The Dawning of the Day - Martin Carhy (1:19)
  16. 16 Down by the Glenside (2:07)
  17. 17 Police Patrol (1:48)
  18. 18 The Sergeant's Returned/Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major - Lester Simpson (1:43)
  19. 19 You Came Back Down the Long Road - Lester Simpson (1:58)
  20. 20 The Colour (1:33)
  21. 21 Wild, Wild Whisky - Mike Waterson (3:04)
  22. 22 Alabama Song - Lester Simpson (4:09)
  23. 23 Wild Rover (1:57)
  24. 24 I Am a Rover - Martin Carhy (4:28)
  25. 25 The Summertime Is Come Again - Lester Simpson (1:48)
  26. 26 Davenport's Retreat (1:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Davenport Primary Artist
Martin Carthy Guitar
Linda Thompson Vocals
Martin Carhy Track Performer
Technical Credits
Martin Carthy Arranger
Kurt Weill Composer
William Blake Composer
Harry Lauder Composer
Jim Boyes Producer
Bob Davenport Arranger, Liner Notes
Tony Engle Executive Producer
Anna McGarrigle Composer
John Tams Engineer
Norma Waterson Arranger
Paul Durcan Poetry
Traditional Composer
Oliver Knight Engineer
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