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by The Ship

Three-part vocals and inventive instrumentals distinguish this collection of folk, rock, country and pop originals.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Midnight Madness
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2. Minnesota Dawn
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3. Gwin
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4. Hold On To Love
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5. Lost Weekend Farewell
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6. Three Days
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7. Balboa
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8. Tornado
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9. Mile After Mile
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10. Over My Love
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11. Your Backyard
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Album Notes
The Ship was formed in March of 1971 to perform five shows of a nearly hour-long folk opera of the same name, written by two of its members. The initial performances took place in a chapel above a popular folk music coffeehouse on the University of Illinois campus. The enthusiastic response of the local audiences convinced the group to continue playing the piece and to take it on the road to other college campuses. The work was retired after being recorded in 1972 on an album for Elektra Records and a couple years of live performances and the group moved on to playing individual original songs.

By late 1975 the band had gone through some personnel changes and had established a strong reputation in the studio, writing and recording commercials, backing up other artists, and cutting demos of their own songs for concert promotion and radio play. They produced an album of material by the group's principal songwriters, Mark Hamby and James Barton. That album, TORNADO (1976) has been reissued on this digitally re-mastered CD with a clearer, more dynamic sound than was possible on the original vinyl. In April of 2008, the band members reunited to play a reunion concert in the same coffeehouse chapel where it all started and they now work together on a limited basis when time and schedules allow.


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Roy Keller

I bought this album in the 70's and it was great. It brings back some memories!

Brad Meyer

There were a lot of great music in Champaign during the early 70s: REO Speedwagon, The Guild, Dan Fogelburg and of course, The Ship. This is a great album that reflects several different sounds of the era, some nice melodies, interesting harmonies and an overall nice album to travel with. Sure, "Gwin" and "Your Backyard" were very popular on WPGU, but "Over My Love" is a well crafted song that is nicely performed. Okay, "Balboa" is a little tedious, but I have always thought highly of this album. I had my 30-year-old vinyl disc converted to digital because there was no other way to get it on my Ipod -- till now. It's a nice transfer and now I can enjoy it all over again...and share it with people who can sit back and remember the era a little more fondly. It may not be a perfect album, but it's a great one -- especially if you member the time or place or its origin. Kudos to the group for reviving the album for the public, and some great memories for me.