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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Forget about whether you've ever even heard of Transatlantic Records, and just be prepared to be delighted and surprised at almost every turn by this four-CD, 86-song set, whether one's interest lies in folk, rock, blues, or even comedy. It's not entirely surprising that a collection of the label's work would stand up this well -- starting out in 1961 with a series of entertaining and totally groundbreaking records dealing with sex education, Transatlantic went on over the next 16 years to provide early and often first recording opportunities for such figures as folk guitar legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and their group the Pentangle, fiddler Dave Swarbrick, Chilean ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
Forget about whether you've ever even heard of Transatlantic Records, and just be prepared to be delighted and surprised at almost every turn by this four-CD, 86-song set, whether one's interest lies in folk, rock, blues, or even comedy. It's not entirely surprising that a collection of the label's work would stand up this well -- starting out in 1961 with a series of entertaining and totally groundbreaking records dealing with sex education, Transatlantic went on over the next 16 years to provide early and often first recording opportunities for such figures as folk guitar legends Bert Jansch and John Renbourn and their group the Pentangle, fiddler Dave Swarbrick, Chilean folksinger Victor Jara, Alexis Korner's band Blues Incorporated, singer-songwriters Alan Hull and Ralph McTell, Irish folk band the Dubliners, comedian-vocalist Billy Connolly, 1970s pop-rock star Gerry Rafferty, and the power-pop trio Metro. They're all represented here, along with such more localized but often equally worthy music talent as Isla Cameron, Sheila Hancock, John James, Harvey Andrews, Sweeney's Men, Contraband, Decameron, and Andrew Cronshaw, and more rock-oriented bands like the Deviants, Skin Alley an Atomic Rooster off-shoot act, Jody Grind, and the Purple Gang who might have been a skiffle band, in a surprisingly well-thought-out cross-section of the company's activities. The fourth disc, given over to Transatlantic's harder-sounding acts, including the company's ventures into art-rock Phillip Swern, heavy metal Peter Bardens and blues-rock Jody Grind, will be the one that most impresses British rock listeners, who may find some sounds here that never made it across the Atlantic or that haven't been heard since the early 1970s. The label rivaled such EMI imprints as Parlophone, Harvest, and Regal Zonophone for diversity and quality, with acts like Peter Bardens post-Cheynes but pre-Camel, Sallyangie featuring Mike Oldfield and his sister Sally Oldfield, Circus featuring Mel Collins in his pre-King Crimson period, Stray a premature punk-rock outfit who went on to a 30-year career, Gryphon, and Metro. One also gets to hear the harder-sounding songs of acts like the Pentangle "I Saw an Angel" and Ralph McTell "Summer Come Along". There isn't a track on the entire set that isn't worth hearing, however -- the folk-based material obviously gets ¾ of the set almost unchallenged, but everything there is also entertaining and significant as representations of the talent of their makers, and quite a few tracks -- even by figures who are familiar in other guises, such as Gerry Rafferty -- will surprise the listener. The mix of folk, rock including folk-rock, power-pop, blues-rock, etc., blues, jazz, and comedy is about as lively as any multi-artist assembly of which one could conceive; the quality is uniformly first-rate, and the annotation is well written, including full explanations amazingly considerate on the part of the producers for which artists aren't included here and why they're absent.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/3/2002
  • Label: Castle - Old Numbers
  • UPC: 823107226124
  • Catalog Number: 72261

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Live With Love @@Keith Dr. Cammeron (2:23)
  2. 2 Oh No, John, No John, No! - Isla Cameron (1:44)
  3. 3 Coming Down from Aldermaston - Sydney Carter (2:00)
  4. 4 My Last Cigarette - Sheila Hancock (1:58)
  5. 5 Bellini - Annie Ross (3:59)
  6. 6 Jones - Alexis Korner (3:58)
  7. 7 Across the Hills - Ian Campbell Folk Group (1:53)
  8. 8 The D-Day Dodgers - Ian Campbell Folk Group (4:43)
  9. 9 McAlpine's Fusiliers - The Dubliners (3:00)
  10. 10 To You @@Adrian Mitchell (2:59)
  11. 11 The Rules of the Game - Leon Rosselson (3:07)
  12. 12 Cod Liver Oil and Orange Juice - Hamish Imlach (3:36)
  13. 13 Why Don't They Come Back to Dunoon? - Humblebums (4:19)
  14. 14 Everybody Knows That - Humblebums (3:03)
  15. 15 If It Was'nae for Your Wellies - Billy Connolly (3:32)
  16. 16 William Tell Overture - Portsmouth Sinfonia (2:01)
  17. 17 Also Aprach Zarathustra - Portsmouth Sinfonia (2:08)
  18. 18 Working Class Millionaire - Richard Digance (2:39)
  19. 19 Amazin' Man - John Bird (4:11)
  20. 20 Krazy Kong (Return of Kong) @@Willie Barrett (3:54)
  21. 21 Everything Stops for Tea - Pasadena Roof Orchestra (2:20)
  22. 22 The Schoolmaster - Bernard Wrigley (4:32)
  23. 23 Dread Jaws - Alberto y Lost Trios Paranoias (3:32)
  24. 24 Music from Afar - Tim Souster (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 A Most Peculiar Man - Harvey Andrews (2:10)
  2. 2 Death Come Easy - Harvey Andrews (3:11)
  3. 3 Needle of Death - Bert Jansch (3:19)
  4. 4 Plainsong - John Renbourn (3:46)
  5. 5 After the Dance - John Renbourn (2:27)
  6. 6 Guitar Train - John Pearse (2:24)
  7. 7 Bells - Pentangle (3:59)
  8. 8 Willoughby's Farm - Ralph McTell (2:05)
  9. 9 Streets of London - Ralph McTell (4:09)
  10. 10 Blythe Hill - Gordon Giltrap (1:40)
  11. 11 Patrick - Humblebums (2:25)
  12. 12 Light Fight - Pentangle (3:15)
  13. 13 We Can Sing Together - Alan Hull (3:29)
  14. 14 Waterfalls - Stefan Grossman (1:40)
  15. 15 Brightness, She Came - The Johnstons (3:37)
  16. 16 Emily - Brian Short (4:57)
  17. 17 Sky in My Pie - John James (2:36)
  18. 18 Mind How You Go - Steve Tilston (3:02)
  19. 19 Lazy Afternoon - Stan Ellison (4:17)
  20. 20 Jesus Christ Sittin on Top of a Hill in the Lake District - Nick Strutt (4:05)
  21. 21 Manifiesto - Victor Jara (4:31)
  22. 22 Saturday - Decameron (3:02)
  23. 23 Stranger in the World - John James (5:05)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Johnny Lad - Ian Campbell Folk Group (2:52)
  2. 2 The Wild Rover - The Dubliners (3:04)
  3. 3 The Innocent Hare - The Young Tradition (2:47)
  4. 4 Bodie's Bonny Belle - Archie Fisher (2:52)
  5. 5 The Handsome Cabin Boy - Sweeney's Men (4:43)
  6. 6 Ye Jacobites by Name - The Johnstons (2:53)
  7. 7 The Lonesome Boatma - Eddie Furey (3:16)
  8. 8 Once I Had a Sweetheart - Pentangle (4:39)
  9. 9 Rosemary Lane - Bert Jansch (4:04)
  10. 10 House Carpenter - Mr. Fox (5:15)
  11. 11 Unquiet Grave - Gryphon (5:45)
  12. 12 The Cuckoo/The Blacksmith - Andrew Cronshaw (3:38)
  13. 13 An Gaoth Andheas - Mick Moloney (3:47)
  14. 14 Rattlin' Roarin' Willie - Contraband (2:13)
  15. 15 The Flowers of the Forest - The McCalmans (3:21)
  16. 16 The Handsome Meadow Boy - Barry Dransfield (6:17)
  17. 17 Lord Inchiquin - Dave Swarbrick (2:24)
  18. 18 Floral Dance - The Brighouse & Rastrick Band (2:52)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Granny Takes a Trip - Purple Gang (2:38)
  2. 2 This Little Boy - Phillip Swern (2:44)
  3. 3 I Saw an Angel - Pentangle (2:54)
  4. 4 Summer Come Along - Ralph McTell (2:46)
  5. 5 Two Ships - The Sallyangie (3:19)
  6. 6 Death of a Dream Machine - The Deviants (2:50)
  7. 7 Summertime Blues - Mick Farren (2:38)
  8. 8 Don't Make Promises @@Circus (4:46)
  9. 9 All in Your Mind - Stray (4:26)
  10. 10 Bath Sister @@Jody Grind (3:29)
  11. 11 The Answer - Peter Bardens (5:27)
  12. 12 Remarkable - Storyteller (2:24)
  13. 13 115 Bar Joy - Unicorn (3:49)
  14. 14 Mr. Universe - Gerry Rafferty (2:46)
  15. 15 Can I Have My Money Back? @@Gerry Raffety (2:07)
  16. 16 Gospel Ship - Peter Thorup (3:34)
  17. 17 If I Only Had the Time - Skin Alley (3:51)
  18. 18 Raindance - Gryphon (5:11)
  19. 19 The Mind Parasites - Simon Boswell (2:43)
  20. 20 Criminal World - Metro (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alexis Korner Vocals
Archie Fisher Track Performer
Dave Swarbrick Vocals
Stefan Grossman Vocals
Bert Jansch Vocals
Victor Jara Vocals
Ralph McTell Vocals
Gerry Rafferty Vocals
Annie Ross Track Performer
Harvey Andrews Vocals
Simon Boswell Vocals
Billy Connolly Vocals
Andrew Cronshaw Vocals
Richard Digance Vocals
Mick Farren Vocals
Gordon Giltrap Track Performer
Alan Hull Vocals
Mr. Fox Track Performer
Lea Nicholson Vocals
Bob Pegg Vocals
The Sallyangie Track Performer
Brian Short Vocals
Skin Alley Vocal Ad-Libs
Tim Souster Vocals
Storyteller Vocals
Stray Vocals
Steve Tilston Vocals
Sheila Hancock Vocals
Tony Britton Vocals
The Dubliners Track Performer
Leon Rosselson Vocals
John Renbourn Vocals
Pasadena Roof Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Peter Bardens Vocals
Peter Berryman Vocals
John Bird Vocals
Barry Dransfield Vocals
Stan Ellison Vocals
Eddie Furey Vocals
John Pearse Vocals
Portsmouth Sinfonia Track Performer
Nick Strutt Vocals
Peter Thorup Vocals
Bernard Wrigley Vocals
Isla Cameron Vocals
Sweeney's Men Track Performer
Hamish Imlach Vocals
Phillip Swern Vocals
Ian Campbell Folk Group Track Performer
John James Vocals
Technical Credits
Alexis Korner Arranger
The Copper Family Arranger
Mick Moloney Arranger, Composer
Dave Swarbrick Arranger
Stefan Grossman Composer
Bert Jansch Arranger, Composer
Victor Jara Composer
Ralph McTell Composer
Pentangle Vocal Group
Gryphon Vocal Group
Gerry Rafferty Composer
Bob James Composer
Harvey Andrews Composer
Simon Boswell Composer
Billy Connolly Composer
Andrew Cronshaw Arranger
Decameron Vocal Group
Richard Digance Composer
Alan Hull Composer
Humblebums Vocal Group
The Johnstons Arranger, Vocal Group
Bob Pegg Arranger, Composer
Brian Short Composer
Tim Souster Composer
Steve Tilston Composer
The Young Tradition Vocal Group
Sheila Hancock Composer
The McCalmans Arranger, Vocal Group
Leon Rosselson Composer
John Renbourn Composer
Peter Bardens Composer
Peter Berryman Composer
John Cleese Composer
Cox Composer
Barry Dransfield Composer
Stan Ellison Composer
Eddie Furey Composer
Gulland Arranger
Hinkley Composer
Nathan Joseph Liner Notes
Oberle Composer
John Pearse Composer
Nick Strutt Composer
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Godwin Composer
Sleek Composer
Phillip Swern Composer
Britton Cameron Arranger
Moss Composer
Gavin Composer
Julianne Baird Composer
Lyons Composer
John James Composer
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