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AAVV - Rogue's Gallery / Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (feat. Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Richard Thompson, Bono, Sting, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Lou Reed ...)
Rogue's Gallery / Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys (feat. Martin Carthy, Eliza Carthy, Richard Thompson, Bono, Sting, Bryan Ferry, Nick Cave, Lou Reed ...)

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2 CD


Some shiny doubloons, but a few Black Spots too


Riding the wave of the summer blockbuster Pirates Of The Caribbean II, famed producer Hal Willner has dug up a treasure chest of obscure and traditional songs of the sea, and press-ganged a motley crew of rock and folk’s grizzled seadogs to sing them. They all roister and doister spiritedly. Fiddles saw, concertinas trill, and banjos charmingly clatter. Yet few of the performances wholly satisfy: despite the wealth of different voices and instruments, there’s an overall homogeneity to the sound that rather dampens things. Cap’n Willner runs a tight ship, and even his wildest buccaneers are curiously well drilled, smelling of the cologned admiral’s quarters rather than the briney poopdeck. The curiously prissy delivery Loudon Wainwright III gives the filthy ditty ‘Good Ship Venus’ is a case in point, and it leaves scurvy mutineers such as Nick Cave and David Thomas sounding more than a little hammy.

The tracks that pare things down are the most succesful; the ones that stick to voices alone fare best of all. Most notably, Martin Carthy, John C Reilly and Richard Thompson rollick out their songs without any artifice, letting a good tune speak for itself. Amazingly, Sting acquits himself well, if a little overenthusiastically, on ‘Blood Red Roses’. He sings in a Geordie baritone instead of his usual constipated falsetto, and is bolstered by the rude harmonies of the Carthy family; the song has a real intimacy and the group bonhomie sounds genuine. To reassure us that the world is indeed round and we haven’t sailed off it, his other track, ‘Shallow Brown’, sounds like a B-side reject from Graceland-era Paul Simon, while Bono chest-beats over a soggy pallet of new age atmospherics on his song. So the wry Jarvis Cocker is especially welcome on ‘A Drop Of Nelson’s Blood’, repeatedly asserting that ‘A plate of Irish Stew wouldn’t do us any harm’ in a hilarious Sheffield deadpan – just what the ship’s doctor ordered.

Matthew Milton / Songlines # 40

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CD 1
1. Cape Cod Girls - Baby Gramps
2. Mingulay Boat Song - Thompson, Richard
3. My Son John - Reilly, John C.
4. Fire Down Below - Cave, Nick
5. Turkish Revelry - Wainwright, Loudon III
6. Bully In The Alley - Three Pruned Men
7. Cruel Ship's Captain - Ferry, Bryan
8. Dead Horse - Holcomb, Robin
9. Spanish Ladies - Frisell, Bill
10. Coast Of High Barbary - Arthur, Joseph
11. Haul Away Joe - Thompson, Mark Anthony
12. Dan Dan - Thomas, David
13. Blood Red Roses - Sting
14. Sally Brown - Thompson, Teddy
15. Lowlands Away - Wainwright, Rufus & Kate McGarrigle
16. Baltimore Whores - Friday, Gavin
17. Rolling Sea - Carthy, Eliza
18. Haul On The Bowline - Neuwirth, Bob
19. Dying Sailor To His Shipmates - Bono
20. Bonnie Portmore - Williams, Lucinda
21. Mermaid - Carthy, Martin & The UK Group
22. Shenandoah - Greene, Richard & Jack Shit
23. Cry Of Man - O'Hara, Mary Margaret

CD 2

1. Boney Was A Warrior - Jack Shit
2. Good Ship Venus - Wainwright, Loudon III
3. Long Time Ago - White Magic
4. Pinery Boy - Cave, Nick
5. Lowlands Low - Ferry, Bryan & Antony
6. One Spring Morning - Akron/Family
7. Hog Eye Man - Carthy, Martin & Family
8. Fiddler - Jay, Ricky & Richard Greene
9. Caroline And Her Young Sailor Bold - Corr, Andrea
10. Fathom The Bowl - Reilly, John C.
11. What Do We Do With A Drunken Sailor - Thomas, Dave
12. Farewell Nancy - Harcourt, Ed
13. Hanging Johnny - Ridgway, Stan
14. Old Man Of The Sea - Baby Gramps
15. Greenland Whale Fisheries - Parks, Van Dyke
16. Shallow Brown - Sting
17. Grey Funnel Line - Holland, Jolie
18. Drop Of Nelson's Blood - Cocker, Jarvis
19. Leave Her Johnny - Reed, Lou
20. Little Boy Billee - Steadman, Ralph


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