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From Fresh Water [Import]

Stan RogersAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fogarty's Cove
  • ASIN: B000003BU1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. White Squall
2. The Nancy
3. Man With Blue Dolphin
4. Tiny Fish for Japan
5. Lock-Keeper
6. Half of A Heart
7. MacDonnell on The Heights
8. Flying
9. The Last Watch
10. The House of Orange

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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Soul and Voice to be Treasured June 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
To understand Canada, listen to Stan Rogers. In a country with a great tradition of folk singers (Lightfoot, Ian and Sylvia, etc.), Stan Rogers was perhaps the greatest of all. His career outside Canada was just taking off when he died tragically in an airplane fire in Cincinnati at the age of 33.
During his all-too-brief career, Rogers never compromised his art. That resonant baritone seemed to be giving voice to the soul of Canada, sometimes in celebration, sometimes in lament, but always with a passion that the cooler crowd might find blase.
All his albums are well worth owning. He wrote and released his songs in themed albums during his life, generally dealing with different geographical parts of Canada. This one generally focuses on the Great Lakes. The songs really give insight into the power those sea-like bodies of water have over the people who depend on them for their lives.
Americans who take the great land to our north for granted, or write it off with the "Eh" or dummy stereotypes pay attention. When you listen to Stan Rogers, you should be ashamed that we no longer extol our own heritages and history in song as effectively as this Canadian so recently did for his country.
Beyond the theme of the album, the final song on the album, "The House of Orange," is simply one of the most powerful anti-war ballads ever written and recorded, with a message applicable to all ethnic or religious strife everywhere. The liner notes say he recorded it in one take shortly before his death. You'll find no more passionate vocalization anywhere, and lyrics that give the lie to the Irish troubles..
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan Rogers' Genius March 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I, too, feel such sadness that I discovered Stan Rogers' music only after his life was over. I believe "From Fresh Water" will probably remain my lifetime favorite collection of music. To listen to it is an incredible experience every time. Enjoy!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars clarity, decency and strength - and great music too! September 15, 2006
By organic
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
From start to finish, every song on this CD (except for The Nancy which is weak) is wonderful and memorable, worth listening to many many times. But of all the songs, The Last Watch touches deepest, a beautiful poignant image of aging and hopelessness. Why can't more of us listen to House of Orange and know that it is true, no matter when or in what country. This CD is a gift to all of us, with deep, caring, abiding values conveyed with a clarity, decency and strength that is very rare. And a musical quality that transforms. This music is an anchor we all need. What a person Stan Rogers must have been.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The emotional power doesn't fade December 4, 2004
By kegger
Format:Audio CD
Today I pulled out my Stan Rogers collection to play for my son. It's been a few years since I had listened. Unlike many here, I had discovered him a year or two before his death. As I recall, he died on an Air Canada plane that had a fire aboard, and about half the passengers died by the time of the emergency landing in Tennessee.

Anyway, Lock-Keeper, House of Orange [this recording], and Mary Ellen Carter [from Between the Breaks] all maintain an ability to seize my emotions in a way that is rare, and is undiminished by time. He died way too young, and had a talent that was/is very rare. Overall, I think this recording is his best collection.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
"The House of Orange" is my favorite among many favorite songs of a favorite singer/songwriter. It should be required listening, not only for Irish Catholics and Protestants (the House of Orange), but also for Serbs and Albanians, Hutus and Tutsis, and whoever else thinks that their tree is the forest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bittersweet November 12, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a bittersweet album....sweet because Stan Rogers was such an exceptional songwriter and singer and bitter because this is his last musical creation and only has 10 songs. I had the great good fortune to be in the front row of one of his performances at McCabe's in Santa Monica, California and am still in awe. His voice has such emotional range, powerful and tender in turn. That being said, this is not his best work, but that may be because my favorite album is Northwest Passage. And you'll notice I still give it 5 stars! There are some wonderful songs on this CD and they run the gamut--tragic, haunting, political and loving. Are some pieces weaker than others? Maybe, but again, personal preferences play a role. I found Half a Heart to be fun, with a lovely tune, but lightweight lyrics; White Squall, Lock-Keeper, MacDonell on the Heights and Man with Blue Dolphin are my favorites. Listening to Stan can still bring tears to my eyes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Each song is a short story in verse April 18, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There are two aspects to Stan Rogers, readily apparent in this album.

First is the literary quality of his songs. Each is a short story, told in verse, and bringing a person, a situation, an idea into focus with enough power to stun. The stories, though under the theme of "fresh water" range widely:

an old sailor alone on watch with the memory of the last kid lost to one of the Great Lakes sudden, violent storms ("I've told these kids a hundred times, don't take the lakes for granted. They'll go from calm to a hundred knots so fast they seem enchanted");

the captain of a small boat during the French and Indian war defying the "men with powdered hair";

the fury of a Canadian who is asked to give money to one of the factions in the "troubles" in Ireland ("But Home Rule or Republic is all of it shame" "causes are ashes where children lie slain");

the lockkeeper who believes his life is so much richer than the sailor who has traveled over the whole world. ("But that anchor chain's a fetter, and with it you are tethered to the foam. And I wouldn't trade your whole life for one hour of home.")

The second important aspect of Stan Rogers is that voice. His baritone is so rich, so full of subtlety, so full of colors. It will climb inside you.

It is a great tragedy that he died so young, but we have been blessed by the music he left us. Buy this album. Buy all of his music and you'll see what a blessing it is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A giant of contemporary folk music
I never saw Stan Rogers live, several times we had planned to attend concerts, but other things interfered. Read more
Published 3 months ago by James N.
5.0 out of 5 stars Legendary Stan Rogers cannot be forgotten
Cheers to Borealis Records for taking the Stan Rogers catalog, re-mastering it and releasing it under their mantle. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C. Funk
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan never disappoints
Folk musician and singer performs with sincere authority on this CD. Original lyrics and composition are consistently exemplary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Virgil C. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars What a difference
I purchased three of the remastered Stan Rogers MP3 discs from Amazon and they sound great and much better sound quality than the originals which I also have on CD's. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Tommy Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Stan Rogers
How can you not enjoy that beautiful voice of Stan Rogers. He makes you feel like you are out at sea enjoying the salt air, watching to the sea gulls. Read more
Published on March 18, 2011 by Colorado folk listener
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best of the Best
. . . if there can be a best among equals. This is Stan Rogers's last studio album, and with each successive album his writing became more creative, evocative and expressive. Read more
Published on August 29, 2010 by X. Pert
5.0 out of 5 stars Stan, the Storyteller
"The Song of the Candle" is a truely great testament to Stan Rogers' divine writing and storytelling. A beautiful song full and as rich as his magnificent voice. Read more
Published on February 24, 2006 by P. Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars What a voice.
What a voice that guy had! How many singers can truely tell a story, or paint a picture with their voice? Read more
Published on October 30, 2004 by N. Link
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