Montag, 5. September 2016

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger‎ - Chorus From The Gallows (1960)

Ewan MacColl was one of the architects of the folksong revival. Whether as an interpreter of ancient ballads or as a writer of new songs, he influenced almost everyone involved in folk music in the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. He brought the same skill and understanding to songs of Britain’s industrial cities, ballads of Scots history and lyrics from the English countryside. His own compositions, many of which have passed into the common currency of folk music, are featured both on his own albums and on The Radio-Ballads.
Chorus From The Gallows, released in 1960, opens with the tale of Craig and Derek Bentley and closes with "Go Down Ye Murderers," which relates the story of Timothy John Evans, convicted and executed for murders he did not commit, both true and awful stories from the annals of 20th century British justice.

While MacColl, in collaboration with partner Peggy Seeger, visits a number of traditional ballads of criminal misfortune, the underlying theme here is one of protest against the vagaries of the justice system in both England and America. Despite the odd attempt of levity, the unremitting darkness of the material is likely to put some listeners off. For all that, this is a vital piece of work from the British folk movement of the 1950s - 1960s.                


Tracklist:
A1Derek Bentley
A2The Black Velvet Band
A3Jamie Raeburn's Farewell
A4Johnny O' Breadiesley
A5Hughie The Graeme
A6Minorie
A7The Treadmill Song
B1Turpin Hero
B2The Crafty Farmer
B3McKaffery
B4Jimmy Wilson
B5The Lag's Song
B6Van Dieman's Land
B7Go Down Ye Murderers

Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger‎ - Chorus From The Gallows            
(ca. 250 kbps, cover art included)                       

2 Kommentare:

orangeopera hat gesagt…

Your blog is the perfect site to visit on Labor Day.

Thanks for the double dose of Ewan MacColl today!

robijntje hat gesagt…

thank you for all the great posts, unfortunataly this file has expired, please re-up, gruesse, robert

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