Black and White: The Definitive Collection

Black and White: The Definitive Collection

by Ewan MacColl


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Black and White: The Definitive Collection

Though he remains a legendary figure in folk music circles, Ewan McColl was probably known (where he was known at all) to the rest of the world as the composer of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which was recorded by both Roberta Flack and Elvis Presley, among many others. But he was also a fine singer and interpreter of traditional English and Scots folk music; his musical and marital partnership with Peggy Seeger produced some haunting and beautiful recordings, many of which are difficult or impossible to find -- hence the value of this generous 20-track collection. It features such classics as "Dirty Old Town," "The Foggy Dew" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" (performed here by Peggy Seeger in a style that seems archetypally American in its raw openness), as well as more obscure originals and traditional songs. "Sheath and Knife" is an a cappella tour de force, an ancient incest ballad delivered with an eerie combination of gravity and gusto; MacColl's "Nobody Knew She Was There" is a touching tribute to his mother and her life of invisible toil. MacColl sings in a voice that is both rich and reedy, and Seeger accompanies him skillfully on a variety of instruments. Their chemistry is like gravity, silently and invisibly holding the songs together and lending weight to the music.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/26/2001
Label: Cooking Vinyl
UPC: 0711297103823
catalogNumber: 1038

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ewan MacColl   Primary Artist,Vocals
Peggy Seeger   Dulcimer,Banjo,Guitar,Concertina,Vocals,Background Vocals,Banjolin
Kirsty MacColl   Vocals
Bruce Turner   Clarinet
Dill Katz   Bass
Calum MacColl   Bass,Guitar,Vocals,Human Whistle,Whistle (Instrument)
Hamish MacColl   Harmonica,Vocals
Neill MacColl   Banjo,Guitar,Vocals
Chris Taylor   Fiddle,Harmonica
Ian Telfer   Fiddle

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist
Kirsty MacColl   Engineer
Harum Coombes   Engineer
Nick Godwin   Engineer
Steve Lillywhite   Engineer
Calum MacColl   Producer
Neill MacColl   Producer
Colin Irwin   Liner Notes
Martin Brown   Cover Design

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