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


  • 1. Bring Us in Good Ale
    2. Andrew Boorde on Ale
    3. Jolly Good Ale and Old
    4. 'He That Buys Land'
    5. Merry Fellows, The
    6. Soldiers Three
    7. Tapster, Drinker
    8. Tunnying of Elynour Rummyng, The
    9. Andrew Boorde on Beer
    10. London's Ordinary
    11. Epitaph
    12. Of Honest Malt Liqour
    13. Malt's Come Down, The
    14. Stubbles on Drunkeness
    15. Good Ale For My Money
    16. Excise Ballad, The
    17. Porter Scene From MacBeth, The
    18. Peas, Beans, Oats and the Barley
    19. Now Harvest Is Over
    20. British Toper, The
    21. Nottingham Ale
    22. Bickerdyke on Temperance
    23. O Ale AB Alendo
    24. John Barleycorn
    25. Ye Mar'ners All
    26. Epitaph/Poor Tom Is Dead and Gone
    27. Don't Go Out Tonight, Dear Father
    28. Drunkard's Looking Glass, The
    29. Ale, Ale, Glorious Ale
    30. I Likes a Drop of Good Beer
    31. Carter's Health, The
    32. Hey, John Barleycorn
    33. Here's a Health to the Mistress
    34. Meux's Porter Vat
    35. Pot of Porter Oh, A
    36. I've Been to France/Here's a Health Unto Our Master
    37. Man That Waters the Worker's Beer, The
    38. October Brew
    39. John Appleby
    40. Epitaph
    41. Charley Mopps
    42. This Is Our Mistress' Health
    43. Michael Blann's Drinking Song
    44. British Toper, The
    45. Untitled
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CD-4

  • Credits
    ProducerNic Kinsey
    Engineer

    Vic Gammon And Friends: Vic Gammon (baritone, banjo, concertina, melodeon); Ian Russell (tenor banjo, trombone); Will Duke (anglo concertina, bandoneon); Sheila Magill (bass concertina, percussion); Tony Pepler (percussion).
    Personnel: Pam Gilder, Eddie Upton (background vocals).
    Additional personnel: John Blanshard, Michael Smee, William Rushton (spoken vocals); Keith Phillips (fiddle); Kthryn Cox (recorder); Rory Forsyth (bassoon); Penny Maxwell, Diavid Maxwell, John Mingay.
    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. ~ James Christopher Monger

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