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by Roger McGuinn

This beautiful 8-panel package captures the golden age of sail, when wooden ships commanded the waves. The Irish vocal heritage combined with 12-string, 7-string, 6-string and bass guitars is enhanced with harmony, mandolin and banjo picking.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
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1. Rolling Down To Old Maui
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2. Randy Dandy Oh
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3. So Early in the Spring
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4. Catch The Greenland Whale
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5. Go To Sea Once More
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6. South Australia
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7. Let the Bullgine Run
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8. Back To Sea
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9. Golden Vanity
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10. Heave Away Me Johnnies
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11. The Argonaut
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12. Spanish Ladies
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13. The Bonny Ship the Diamond
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14. Sailor Lad
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15. A Roving
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16. The Cold Cold Coast of Greenland
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17. Away Rio
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18. Haul Away Joe
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19. Drunken Sailor
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20. The Handsome Cabin Boy
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21. Greenland Whale Fisheries
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22. Liverpool Gals
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23. Ruben Ranzo
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Roger McGuinn’s love of folk music took him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. One of his favorite folk genres is historical sea chanteys. This CD reflects that love. His intricate finger work on various stringed instruments and the haunting quality of his Irish heritage vocal style will take the listener back to the days when mighty sailing ships explored the seas from the Kamchatka Bay to the Greenland whaling fisheries.
The CD is beautifully wrapped in an 8-panel package that compliments the music. Along with photos of the ocean and three sailing ships, each song is briefly explained, enabling listeners to enjoy the intricate and historical lyrics as their feet tap to the rhyme of the waves.
Roger was honored to be able to do a small part in preserving these songs of the SEA on this CD. Once he was asked what he thought his legacy would be. His answer was not the expected - THE BYRDS - it was using the modern age of technology to help keep the songs of old from vanishing in the wind.


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Laurie Pepper

simple tracks are best
I know and love many of these songs. I suppose it's because of that that the multi-track stuff, seems over-produced to me. "Early in the Spring" especially. The multi-voice thing sweetens to cloying. I'd LOVE to hear McGuinn sing this PLAIN. But it's a delightful album.

Bruce Kula

A sufficient repertoire for any sailing lad
Roger McGuinn grew up minutes from Lake Michigan, and he might have strolled down Navy Pier and admired a P.T. boat or two. But why sailing ships of old should have worked their way into his DNA is a mystery; no square-rigged whaler ever called Chicago its home port. But when McGuinn heard his first sea chantey, probably in 1957 at the Old Town School of Folk Music, it grabbed him and didn’t let go.

On CCD McGuinn gives 23 chanteys the same loving treatment he gave 100 folk songs of various types on the Folk Den Project. In this case the inner panels of an eight-panel CD case tell you the story behind each song, and occasionally what sort of song it was meant to be: a capstan chantey, a halyard chantey, a sheet chantey, and so on.

Those less expert than McGuinn on the subject of sea chanteys— which is to say, almost all of us— will be relieved to discover that they do not all sound alike. When a sailor isn’t hauling in a sheet or weighing an anchor, after all, he’s drinking, chasing women of dubious repute, and spending all his money so that he must go to sea again, where—perhaps best of all— he tells tall tales in the forecastle. All his activities require a suitable song.

There is no bad melody here, and some gorgeous ones, such as “The Handsome Cabin Boy”, which Pentangle fans will remember as “A Maid That’s Deep in Love”. McGuinn, in Folk Den style, keeps his accompaniment for the most part low-key to emphasize the song itself. One happy exception is “Let the Bullgine Run”, with a banjo solo that reminds you that this guy was a master folk musician first, and only later a Byrd.

One special surprise is a song called— Well, I’ll let you guess— that was written by McGuinn. He has so deftly recreated the language, rhythm, and melody of the antique sea chantey that if you can tell it from the real thing, you’re a better man than I, Johnny, a better man than I.

This is not McGuinn’s first collection of sea chanteys, but The Sea, on the MP3.com label, was a rough warmup for this one. For one thing, those MP3.com CDs were not true CD quality (since artists submitted their songs in MP3 format); this one emphatically is. For another, CCD is more than twice the length of The Sea.

I’ll bet you that McGuinn has enough material to double it again.

BJ

Fantastic listening
This album is the perfect vehicle for transporting you back in time. A very enjoyable exploration of a very different age.