- We Usually Finish the Shift in the Pub...
- I Thionk It's the Soil
- We Are the Consulting Engineers
- We Were in a Great Rush When We Did This
- My Name Is.....
- During That Time, a Survey Has Been Made.....
- It Would Take Quite a Lot of Men to Do the Job of One of Those ...
- Come All You Gallant Drivers
- I'm a Roving Rambler...
- Deep and Straight and Low
- Sixty Tons of Steel
- What Made You Come into This Game?
- Just a Road
- Oh Well That's Just the Way It Is
- When the Muck Has All Been Shifted
- Bring up Your Black Squad
- Been on the Road So Long
- You Can Talk About Your Concrete
- The Motorway Is on the Final Lap
- We Needed a Way Cut Through the Land
The Song of a Roadby Ewan MacColl
Considered by Ewan MacColl to be the weakest of the eight radio ballads created for the BBC radio service, Song of a Road could be considered a failure only in respect of its apparent focus on the mechanics of road-building as applied to the construction of Britain's M1 motorway. MacColl, Charles Parker, and Peggy Seeger were initially hampered in their efforts by a mixture of BBC executive demands that tempered the spirit of the team to begin with, and the initial oversight from the public relations office for the construction project -- as MacColl noted in his liner notes, this latter problem was solved in part by getting into the worst corners of the 57 miles of the initial project, convincing the PR representative that she did not need to be present. For all MacColl's conviction that they had softened their approach to the subject, he, Parker, and Seeger managed to include quite a bit of irony and tragic realism, both in the choice of interview clips and the often pointed lyrics -- a self-important chief engineer's puffed-up speech leads into a satirical song about consulting engineers; in another instance, interview clips about the life of a long-term road gang worker lead to a song from a mother to her child about his long- absent father. Despite its age (this radio ballad was produced in 1959), Song of a Road is still vitally fascinating -- more importantly, it bears repeated listening.
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- Topic Records
Performance CreditsEwan MacColl Primary Artist,Vocals
Seamus Ennis Vocals
Peggy Seeger Banjo,Autoharp
Bruce Turner Clarinet
Cyril Tawney Vocals
Louis Killen Vocals
Jim Bray Bass
Alf Edwards Concertina,Ocarina
A.L. Lloyd Vocals
Isla Cameron Vocals
John Chilton Trumpet
Fitzroy Coleman Guitar
Francis McPeake Vocals,uillean pipes
John Armitage Drums
Jimmy MacGregor Vocals
Technical CreditsEwan MacColl Engineer,Script
Peggy Seeger Orchestration,Documentation,Music Direction
Tony Engle Producer
Charles Parker Producer,Engineer,Script
Laurence Aston Annotation
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