The Tale of Ale: The Story of the Englishman and His Beer

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All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
With a lineup that includes such British folk heavies as Peter Bellamy, Robin Dransfield, and Eddie Upton, it's hard not to hold Free Reed's The Tale of Ale: The Story of the Englishman and His Beer up to some of the genre's other great alcohol-inspired collections like A.L. Lloyd's English Drinking Songs and the Clancy Brothers' Come Fill Your Glass with Us. This collection of songs and stories about "the English and their beer" from folklorist Vic Gammon was originally released in 1977. This 2007 reissue includes the remastered double LP in its entirety, as well as all of the original song-by-song liner notes.
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
With a lineup that includes such British folk heavies as Peter Bellamy, Robin Dransfield, and Eddie Upton, it's hard not to hold Free Reed's The Tale of Ale: The Story of the Englishman and His Beer up to some of the genre's other great alcohol-inspired collections like A.L. Lloyd's English Drinking Songs and the Clancy Brothers' Come Fill Your Glass with Us. This collection of songs and stories about "the English and their beer" from folklorist Vic Gammon was originally released in 1977. This 2007 reissue includes the remastered double LP in its entirety, as well as all of the original song-by-song liner notes.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/21/2007
  • Label: Free Reed Us Release
  • UPC: 020286106722
  • Catalog Number: 4
  • Sales rank: 195,474

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bring Us in Good Ale - Musica Inebriata (2:04)
  2. 2 Andrew Boorde on Ale - Michael Smee (0:46)
  3. 3 Jolly Good Ale and Old - Musica Inebriata (3:03)
  4. 4 "He That Buys Land" (0:20)
  5. 5 The Merry Fellows - Musica Inebriata (3:03)
  6. 6 Soldiers Three - Musica Inebriata (2:04)
  7. 7 Tapster, Drinker - Oriana Concert Orchestra & Chorus (0:46)
  8. 8 The Tunnying of Elynour Rummyng - Joby Blanshard (2:27)
  9. 9 Andrew Boorde on Beer - Michael Smee (0:32)
  10. 10 London's Ordinary - Musica Inebriata (3:24)
  11. 11 Epitaph - Michael Smee (0:22)
  12. 12 Of Honest Malt Liquor - Oriana Concert Orchestra & Chorus (0:50)
  13. 13 The Malt's Come Down - Musica Inebriata (0:50)
  14. 14 Stubbes on Drunkenness - Michael Smee (2:30)
  15. 15 Good Ale for My Money - Robin Dransfield (3:52)
  16. 16 The Excise Ballad - Musica Inebriata (2:50)
  17. 17 The Porter Scene from Macbeth - Michael Smee (1:43)
  18. 18 Peas, Beans, Oats and the Barley - Pump and Pluck Band (0:48)
  19. 19 Now Harvest Is Over - Pump and Pluck Band (0:50)
  20. 20 The British Toper - Pump and Pluck Band (1:16)
  21. 21 Nottingham Ale - Pump and Pluck Band (3:47)
  22. 22 Bickerdyke on Temperance (0:51)
  23. 23 O Ale AB Alendo - Oriana Concert Orchestra & Chorus (1:16)
  24. 24 John Barleycorn - Pump and Pluck Band (3:25)
  25. 25 Ye Mar'ners All - Ian Russell (1:16)
  26. 26 Epitaph/Poor Tom Is Dead and Gone - Michael Smee (0:15)
  27. 27 Poor Tom Is Dead and Gone - Pump and Pluck Band (0:47)
  28. 28 Don't Go out Tonight, Dear Father - Pam Gilder (3:21)
  29. 29 The Drunkard's Looking Glass (2:09)
  30. 30 Ale, Ale, Glorious Ale - Geoff Hedger (2:37)
  31. 31 I Likes a Drop of Good Beer - Pump and Pluck Band (2:16)
  32. 32 The Carter's Health - Pump and Pluck Band (0:43)
  33. 33 Hey, John Barleycorn - Pump and Pluck Band (2:29)
  34. 34 Here's a Health to the Mistress - Pump and Pluck Band (0:55)
  35. 35 Meux's Porter Vat - Michael Smee (1:03)
  36. 36 A Pot of Porter Oh - Jon Foreman (2:07)
  37. 37 I've Been to France/Here's a Health Unto Our Master - Pump and Pluck Band (1:00)
  38. 38 The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer - Pump and Pluck Band (2:29)
  39. 39 October Brew - Pump and Pluck Band (0:58)
  40. 40 John Appleby - Pump and Pluck Band (2:48)
  41. 41 Epitaph - Michael Smee (0:15)
  42. 42 Charley Mopps - Pump and Pluck Band (2:12)
  43. 43 This Is Our Mistress' Health - Pump and Pluck Band (1:00)
  44. 44 Michael Blann's Drinking Song - Pump and Pluck Band (3:06)
  45. 45 The British Toper - Pump and Pluck Band (1:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Vic Gammon And Friends Primary Artist
William Rushton Readings
Barry Dransfield Fiddle
David Maxwell Voices
Eddie Upton Choir, Chorus
Will Duke Bandoneon, Anglo Concertina, Mouth Organ
Vic Gammon Banjo, Concertina, Choir, Chorus, Cittern, Melodeon
Ian Russell Trombone, Choir, Chorus, Tenor Banjo
Keith Phillips Fiddle
Joby Blanshard Readings
Kathryn Cox Recorder
Rory Forsyth Bassoon
Pam Gilder Choir, Chorus
Geoff Hedger Piano, Accompaniment
Sheila Magill Percussion, Concertina
Penny Maxwell Voices
John Mingay Voices
Tony Pepler Percussion, Help
Michael Smee Readings
Technical Credits
Peter Bellamy Contributor
Roy Harris Contributor
Barry Dransfield Composer
Robin Dransfield Contributor
Nic Kinsey Producer, Engineer
Eddie Upton Contributor
Peter Wood Contributor
John Foreman Contributor
Vic Gammon Arranger, Writer, Liner Notes
Mike Hockenhull Mastering
Neil Wayne Producer
Sue Dransfield Cover Design
Pam Gilder Contributor
Geoff Hedger Composer
Musica Inebriata Composer
Oriana Contributor
Pump and Pluck Band Composer
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