Prime Music

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering.
Sell Us Your Item
For up to a $4.20 Gift Card
Trade in
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Image not available

To view this video download Flash Player


Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys

Various Artists Audio CD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

Price: $19.33 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
Only 7 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, Sept. 23? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details


Amazon Price New from Used from
MP3 Music, 43 Songs, 2008 $14.49  
Audio CD, 2006 $19.33  

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys + Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys + Classic Maritime From Smithsonian Folkways
Price for all three: $46.96

Buy the selected items together

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 22, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Anti
  • ASIN: B000GGSMD0
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Cape Cod Girls - Baby Gramps
2. Mingulay Boat Song - Richard Thompson
3. My Son John - John C. Reilly
4. Fire Down Below - Nick Cave
5. Turkish Revelry - Loudon Wainwright III
6. Bully In The Alley - Three Pruned Men
7. The Cruel Ship's Captain - Bryan Ferry
8. Dead Horse - Robin Holcomb
9. Spanish Ladies - Bill Frisell
10. Coast Of High Barbary - Joseph Arthur
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Boney - Jack Shit
2. Good Ship Venus - Loudon Wainwright III
3. Long Time Ago - White Magic
4. Pinery Boy - Nick Cave
5. Lowlands Low - Bryan Ferry
6. One Spring Morning - Family
7. Hog Eye Man - Martin Carthy
8. The Fiddler - Richard Greene
9. Caroline and Her Young Sailor Bold - Andrea Corr
10. Fathom The Bowl - John C. Reilly
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski hatched the idea for Rogue's Gallery while filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"--that idea being to cast genteel rock superstars like Bono, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Andre Corr, and Sting to reinterpret gritty seafaring standards for an exhaustive 43-track double-disc set produced by Hal Wilner. Throw in a bunch of credible folk stars (Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson), their offspring (Rufus, Teddy) and a string of other curious characters (Jarvis Cocker, Antony) and what results is one of the strangest compilations in recent memory, if not exactly the most historically authentic or, well, digestible. Nick Cave embraces the role just a little too hard on "Fire Down Below," while Ferry can't help but sound like he's singing for the cast of "The Love Boat," but cut through the chaff and there is some real bootie here: Bono's "Dying Sailor to His Shipmates," Jolie Holland's "The Grey Funnel Line" and "Boney" by a mysterious tramp called Jack Sh**, which must be some kind of anagram for Johnny Depp. --Aidin Vaziri

Product Description

While working on the two "Pirates Of The Caribbean" films, Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski became fascinated with the lore and fable of the pirates and sailors who ran the high seas. Enter legendary producer Hal Wilner, who brings his knack for matching maverick musicians with extraordinary material. Artists on this double disc set include Bono, Sting, Nick Cave, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Richard Thompson, Lucinda Williams, Jarvis Cocker of Pulp, and many more. "Rogue's Gallery" offers a look at the hardships, the horrors, the lusts and lurid depths, and the crystal beauty that led men to the sea in ships for hundreds of years.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
57 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars History In Song November 11, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to hear this release before I actually bought it and I'm glad I did. Reviews posted here had led me to expect something very lo-fi and unexceptional. Instead, I heard the past echo firmly and enticingly in these songs. Anyone afraid that the recording quality on these performances "blows" should closet their fears immediately. No such problems exist and all is sonically fine (those readers who reported of poor recording quality should have their equipment checked). Anyone also worried that these interpretations aren't special or exciting should grab those misgivings and hang 'em from the yard-arm (Richard Thompson's contribution is as fine as anything he's ever done and certainly deserved being heard thanks to excellent guitar playing). People, let's remember one thing about these ditties: they're NOT Top 40 songs! They're sea chanteys, ballads of longing, or songs designed to take the drudgery out of work tasks. Frankly, not every experiment works. But it succeeds far more often than it fails (which it only does on rare occasion). I especially enjoyed Loudon Wainwright's two songs (though keep the kids away from his Disc 2 contribution as it's very, very filthy!). And listening to the stuff whilst driving home after a hard day in the "salt mines" certainly will put both a smile and a tear on your face. I especially recommend Rogue's Gallery if you're a fan of British folk-rock of the sixites/seventies variety (it would've been really cool to include Fairport Convention's "I'm Already There", a recent sea song the guys recorded celebrating Franklin's ill-fated Arctic sea trip or even the classic "A Sailor's Life"). In short, a special set worth savoring. But definitely not for everyone.
Was this review helpful to you?
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Motley Crew August 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
As someone who has long been interested in folk music, maritime history, and piracy, I was intrigued by this attempt to compile an accessible collection of traditional sea songs, pitched at today's listeners.

'Rogue's Gallery' is certainly a very mixed bag, both in terms of the material selected, and the way in which it is performed. Some of the songs (for example 'Fathom the Bowl') are not especially nautical in flavour, although given the subject matter (in this case, the joys of convivial drinking) they would surely have been sung by seafarers down the centuries. Many of the commentators below have picked up on the fact that most of the treatments fail to reflect the usual requirements of the genre, and are inferior to more 'traditional' interpretations. To my mind, such criticisms miss the point behind this venture. The object was to assemble a motley crew of performers, some of them famous, others less so, and allow them to give their own spin on a batch of hallowed sea songs.

Not surprisingly, the results are variable. To be sure, some the songs are terrible: ironically, shanties that were intended to ease the labours of shipboard life here become very hard work indeed. However, there are many other tracks where the performers come up with original interpretations which not only add something new, but also (and this is surely the real point) stay true to the spirit of the originals.

Of the 'celebrity' contributors, I'd single out Bryan Ferry for his atmospheric renditions of 'The Cruel Ship's Captain', and 'Lowlands Low'. Of the rest, Baby Cramps turns in two excellent tracks ('Cape Cod Girls', and 'Old Man of the Sea'), while Gavin Friday's 'Baltimore Whores' and Joseph Arthur's 'Coast of High Barbary' both convey an authentic sense of menace.
Read more ›
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Twist on the Sea Shanty January 23, 2014
Format:Audio CD
I agree with many reviews that the eclectic nature of this album has some songs that you will love and others that you will hate. As a Hal Willner production, the many unique artists are free to interpret the shanty songs in a personal and often modern way. My favorite music seems to lie within the spectrum of Americana, folk, country, pop, chill techno, pyscadelic, and alternative rock so this fits right in.

I admit that the songs jump around a bit more than I'd like. Hence, I prefer Willner's second project The Son of Rogue's Gallery for maintaining a more consistent sound that makes it more of an album than a mixed-tape. Tom Wait's rendition of Shenandoah is a standout but all songs are great! With that said, there are still some great songs on this CD from some less-known but still great artists. There's Van Dyke Parks who is always been a quirky guy fascinated with the wide world of music; Akron/Family and John C. Reilly!

Sea Shanties are a really fun genre to get into. I recommend those diehards out there to get the book What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor? Unexpurgated Sea Chanties and for strictly traditional music renditions, you should check out: 1) Classic Maritime From Smithsonian Folkways 2) Blow Ye Winds in the Morning 3) Blow Boys Blow. Enjoy.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Traditionalists beware December 30, 2006
Format:Audio CD
There seem to be three types of reviewer making comments on this album. Fans of the film "Pirates of the Caribbean" aren't going to enjoy this much but then it's not really aimed at the Disney audience. Traditional fans of sea chanteys and folk music should be cautious. I can understand a lot of the bad reviews from you guys, especially when there seem to be so many similar, more traditional disks available out there that are most definately not acknowledged in the sleeve notes of Rogue's Gallery, though please give it a chance... you might find out that there's more to music than old beardy guys with one finger in their ear. However, Jo Public Music Lover (like me) should find a lot of great stuff here and because I'm Scottish I don't mind the swearing! (not that there's really as much bad language on this CD as a lot of other reviewers seem to think there is).
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The Old Man Must Die..
The HOG EYE MAN was known to most if not all of the pirate singers. These songs were performed by professional singers. I doubt the pirates ever sounded this good.
Published 4 months ago by keepfrozzin
2.0 out of 5 stars Oops!
Got the wrong music here. I expected songs sung by my sea-traveling grandfather from Ireland. But much of these songs were garbled.
Published 7 months ago by Readsalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!!
This is an AWESOME CD. I never tire of it. I love the musicality, the arrangement, the voices, the fact that it is an anthology that involves various artists. PLEASE BUY IT!
Published 8 months ago by Cece Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars I guess I'm a Rogue!
I love these cd's. Some are bawdy, a few downright BLUE. Bottom line, I really like the diversity of these pirate ballads, sea songs and chanteys. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Toby J. Fox
1.0 out of 5 stars Eh
Disappointing, despite my love for folk music. I enjoyed some of the songs, some were new to me, but in many cases, I could not even understand the words.
Published 9 months ago by Max
1.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Listen To
A few of the songs are well executed, but many are very poorly done with lyrics that are hard to decipher, obnoxious and painful instrumentals, and very down-tempo compared to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by KI
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun music to go with a day on the water
How can you beat being out on the water with a beer and a little "Yo,Ho,Ho & a bottle of rum?
Published 12 months ago by hondo101
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone needs some sea chanteys in their collection
Here's a nice mix of the classic standby tunes, along with some interestingly "off" versions and more rarely heard songs. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Enchanting, exotic, eccentric collection
What is it about 17th century pirates (and their slightly more respectable and legal sea going brethren)? Read more
Published 13 months ago by applewood
1.0 out of 5 stars bummer
Bought it. listened to it once. Never listened again. Skip this one unless you need pirate background music for a themed restaurant or something.
Published 14 months ago by The Pen
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category