CD The Definitive Collection [Ewan MacColl] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 872006),
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The Definitive Collection [Ewan MacColl] [CD] [1 disc]

  • 1. Manchester Angel, The
    2. To the Beggin' I Will Go
    3. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
    4. Fourpence a Day
    5. Oh Dear Me
    6. Collier Laddie, The
    7. Carlton Weaver, The
    8. Morrisey and the Russian Sailor
    9. Turpin Hero
    10. Jimmy Wilson
    11. Black Velvet Band, The
    12. Hughie the Graeme
    13. Baron O' Brackley, The
    14. Whae's Me for Prince Charlie
    15. Sheepstealer, The
    16. Farewell to Sicily
    17. Young Trooper Cut Down in His Prime, The
    18. Press Gang, The
    19. Sweet Kumadie, The
    20. Homeward Bound
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6006

  • Credits

    Personnel: Peggy Seeger (guitar, banjo, concertina); Alf Edwards (concertina).
    Photographer: Brian Shuel.
    Arrangers: Ewan MacColl; Peggy Seeger.
    There are national treasures and there are global treasures; Scotland's Ewan MacColl falls into the latter category. A staunch supporter of the arts, folklorist, playwright, and activist, MacColl has a body of work that is staggering in scope and detail, and The Definitive Collection is a fantastic starting point for those interested in his contributions to the English and Scottish folk revival. Beginning with "The Manchester Angel," that wonderfully rich baritone offers a soldier's desperate plea for one magical night with a beautiful, rightfully suspicious maiden. "Oh Dear Me," featured on the Topic Records Iron Muse compilation, is a heartbreaking lament from a tired coal miner. The always sparse instrumentation, and the occasional accompaniment from his wife, renowned folklorist Peggy Seeger, makes each tune a handshake and each word a head nod, creating an intimacy lacking in modern folk recordings. The majority of the songs are from MacColl's late-'50s to '60s period, when his confidence and enthusiasm were most evident. Sadly omitted are samples from the work dearest to his heart, the three volume compilation of English/Scottish Popular Ballads by Professor Francis James Child. This is, however, a small price to pay for the most consistent, if not yet a thorough overview, of one of folk music's most prolific and talented champions. ~ James Christopher Monger

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