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Northwest Passage Import


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  • Audio CD (January 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Fogarty's Cove
  • ASIN: B000003BTZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,447 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Northwest Passage
2. The Field Behind The Plow
3. Night Guard
4. Working Joe
5. You Can't Stay Here
6. The Idiot
7. Lies
8. Canol Road
9. Free In The Harbour
10. California

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Northwest Passage [Import] [Audio CD] Rogers, Stan

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Most heartily recommended for any folk music afficionado.
Joel
'Northwest Passage' is one of my favorite albums, ever, and Stan's best work, if you ask me.
Casey D. Graham
The music runs a gamut of styles, each appropriate to the tale he tells.
Susan Gilbert

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Like many of Stan's songs, it's hard to believe that he never went to some of the places or time periods that he wrote of. The powerful voice and prolific writing of Stan Rogers and his band gave us so much before his untimely tragic death on June 2, 1983. Stan was on his way to becoming Canada's national folksinger. I had the pleasure of talking with him at length and interviewing him on more than one occasion back then. His visits to the states and here in New England strengthened a rapidly growing fan base. The gift that Stan Rogers had was to clearly tell through his songs the many life struggles or good times or love, one had experienced with robust ballads or gentle poetic stories. What range! Wonderful and moving are all his songs. Hard to name a favorite on this or his other albums. This is one of my favorite albums (maybe because it was the first one I listened to of his.) Good to see these on CD since I had multiple copies of each of the vinyl albums (because I was afraid they would wear out from play!) Check out his earlier albums "Fogarty's Cove" and "Turnaround" too! You won't be sorry!!!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard "Northwest Passage" on February 2, 1988 when the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) broadcasted a NOVA episode titled "Buried in Ice". This program related Dr. Owen Beattie's search for the cause of the loss of the Franklin Expedition. The one line of the song that stayed in my memory was "to find the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea". Stan Rogers has a fantastic voice and he did honor to the members of that famed Expedition when he wrote this moving song.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By CATHERINE on May 19, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I first heard of Stan Rogers from due south. i loved the song Northwest passage so much that i bought the album. the rest of this album is just as good if not better. i would reccommend it to anyone who is a fan of folk music or just likes deep meaningful music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Susan Gilbert on May 29, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I wish I'd discovered the music of Stan Rogers years ago, so I would have had the pleasure all along. As it is, having finally been introduced, I'm making up for lost time. NORTHWEST PASSAGE is a wonderful collection of music and as good a place to start as any. I love the stories he tells, how you feel you have actually met these people. The retired rodeo rider in NIGHT GUARD fighting to protect his stock. The guy who got laid off in THE IDIOT, going west to find work in a place he dislikes rather than lose his self respect by going on the dole. The farmer's wife (they are farmers too!) lamenting her lost youth and beauty in LIES. How can you not love a writer who references a dance at the Legion Hall and Rodin's "Belle Heaulmiere" in the same lyric? The music runs a gamut of styles, each appropriate to the tale he tells.
The title song, NORTHWEST PASSAGE, I actually heard years ago, but thought it was a traditional OLD folk song and never followed up on it, assuming it had no author of record. It is my favorite song on the album, full of history and wonderful images. I particularly like the fact it is a'capella and the rich harmonies of the mens voices gives me goosebumps. I have ordered and am waiting delivery of 3 more Stan Rogers collections. Canada lost a native voice, but the world lost a treasure when Stan Rogers died. Thank god we have the music.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
His tunes will live forever, and the warmth in his voice. He was not a matinee idol in terms of his looks, but because of his tragic death, so young, aged only 33, we will continue to think of him as cut down by fate (and smoke) in the prime of his youth and just when his talent was about to ignite the whole world. I sometimes feel that listening to the later music of the US singer Jeff Buckley that Rogers had everything Buckley had, except for US citizenship. Otherwise he (Rogers) would be as big a name as Buckley is today.

The songs are outstanding, from the sad, bitter LIES (like an Alice Munro short story put to music) to the anthemic a cappella threnody of the title song, NORTHWEST PASSAGE. It has many admirers of course but it is still little known in the USA, even though we too are always goiung for the Northwest Passage, which some characterize as the easy way out, while others see it as a Quixotic "Impossible Dream." Rogers' song preserves this ambiguity while added a beauty unique to his own time and place.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Riddick Smiley on October 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Truly great albums seem to move in phases -- each song on the album takes a turn as the "best song on the album." So it is with The Northwest Passage. The title cut, which plays first, is an a capella chanty (for lack of a better word) that is so stark and so captivating that it can dominate a listener's memory of the album. This album, however, is replete with songs that have the same sort of lasting hold. Indeed, after sufficient time (and this album is easily enjoyed of the course of years and years) one might find that each song spends time as the song that makes one pull the album out of the case.
There is a depth and authority in Stan Rogers music that is very rare. The staggering notion that all of this music was produced by a man not yet 33 has been remarked upon elsewhere. Stan Rogers is a genius in the truest sense of the word -- he has created art of a kind and quality that cannot be explained or accounted for in normal terms. There is no work by any artist that I would recommend as strongly as this album. It will be a source of enriching pleasure for the rest of your life.
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