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Across the Western Ocean


  • 1. Introduction / New York Girls / Captain Samuels On His Sailors
    2. Blow the Man Down
    3. Impressions of a First Voyage
    4. Crayfish, The
    5. Black Cook, The
    6. Lime Jusice Ship, The
    7. Wreck of the Staffordshire, The
    8. Flying Dutchman, The
    9. Get up Jack, John Sit Down
    10. Flying Cloud, The
    11. Immigration Conditions
    12. Heave Away My Johnnies
    13. Perils of Transatlantic Dalliance
    14. Maggie May
    15. Peter Street
    16. Seamen's Hymn, The
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 0004

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Roberts; Tony Barrand
    EngineerBill Spence

    Additional personnel includes: Gerret, Jeff Warner, Susan Warner (spoken vocals).
    Includes liner notes by John Roberts and Tony Barrand.
    Originally released on LP in the early '70s, this charming collection of English shanties, forebitters, and recitations was long overdue for reissue when it finally emerged on the Swallowtail label in 2000. Shanties were work songs used by sailors to pass the time and establish a regular rhythm while performing the many repetitive physical tasks required on board, whereas forebitters were songs reserved for leisure time. The songs chosen for this album are meant to be representative of those that would have been heard and sung on the American packet ships that carried people and goods between America and Europe during the mid-1800s, and they include such relatively familiar fare as "Blow the Man Down" and (in a surprisingly bloodless arrangement) "New York Girls," as well as earthier obscurities like the naughty "Crayfish Song" and the drinking song "Get Up Jack John Sit Down." The spoken-word interludes, which include diary entries from ships' captains and passengers, as well as news reports of sinkings and other tragedies, are by turns amusing and harrowing, and may prove distracting to those primarily interested in a musical experience rather than an historical one. Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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