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Blow Boys Blow [Ewan MacColl]

  • 1. Row Bullies Row
    2. Paddy Doyle
    3. Wild Goose Shanty
    4. While Cruising Around Yarmouth
    5. Old Billy Riley
    6. Handsome Cabin Boy
    7. South Australia
    8. Blow Boys Blow
    9. Whup! Jamboree
    10. Banks of Newfoundland
    11. Whiskey Johnny
    12. Do Me Ama
    13. Jack Tar
    14. Paddy West
    15. Haul on the Bowline
    16. Hundred Years Ago, A
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1024

  • Credits
    ProducerPatrick Clancy; David Greenberg (Reissue); Anton Glovsky (Reissue)

    Includes original release liner notes by A.L. Lloyd.
    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Personnel: Ewan MacColl (vocals); A.L. Lloyd (vocals); Ralph Rinzler (guitar, banjo, mandolin); Steve Benbow (guitar); Alf Edwards (concertina).
    Editor: Patrick Clancy.
    A phenomenal collection of sea shanties and sailing songs performed by two of Great Britain's most outstanding musicologists. MacColl recorded a great deal during his career, which is fortunate, though he might well be best remembered by some for writing "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." Lloyd performed a great deal and was highly regarded for his research and his attention to old, almost-lost songs, but his recordings are sadly few in number, and mostly unavailable -- there are a few songs on CD via a Riverside reissue, a cut on a Rhino compilation, and this Tradition reissue. Some of the songs included in this recording are familiar; "The Handsome Cabin Boy" has been recorded many a time, with notable performances including one by Kate Bush. Many songs are less familiar, however, and are quite deserving of attention. MacColl and Lloyd's performances have enthusiasm and vigor, and are given able support from a small ensemble. The CD reissue has been cleaned up nicely, with no obvious artifacts or loss of musical quality. If you can find it, Blow Boys Blow is a worthy album to have in hand. ~ Steven McDonald

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