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Schooners

Gordon BokAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (December 21, 1995)
  • Label: Outer Green
  • ASIN: B000001D9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,705,522 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Jericho (Ho Ro the Wind and Snow)
4. Spirit Song of Gorge's Bank
5. The Liza Jane
6. Boat of Silver
7. Schooner Ellenmore
8. Crossing the Water
9. All Mu Sailors
10. The Death Ship
11. Schooner Fred Dunbar & Capt. Dave's Delight
12. Another Bay
13. Sailor's Carol
14. Sailor's Consolation
15. Karl Edstrom and the Hesper
16. Song for Bowdoin
17. Dear Old Vessels

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5.0 out of 5 stars AMERICA'S VOICE OF THE SEA August 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
There should be some sort of campaign mounted to have Gordon Bok designated as an official national treasure. Through his music, he has given us the gift of preserving so much in the way of stories, songs, of a very way of life about which so many of us know and understand so very little. His love of the ocean, of sailing ships, of the people who make both their way of life -- and, with incresing difficulty, their trade -- have found their way through his heart and soul and his music, to give us a glimpse into this world.
This was the album that introduced me to Bok's music -- and the subsequent journey has been a very rewarding one, several of his recordings coming to be counted among my favorites. He is a multi-talented man -- an accomplished singer, whose resonant baritone takes to these songs like a well-crafted ship to the water; a talented instrumentalist, being proficient not only on guitar, but on viol and cellamba (his own invention, a cello with a viola de Gamba neck) as well; a fine songwriter; and, rarest perhaps of all, a respectful and sensitive interpreter of songs, whether traditional or written by others, historical or contemporary. All of these talents and abilities are displayed on this collection -- Gordon even did the woodcarving on the cover.
Some of the most moving songs I've ever heard can be found on this cd -- the presence of any one of them would have made its purchase worthwhile. He says in the liner notes that Lois Lyman's two songs about the Wiscasset schooners were his impetus to assembling this recording. Lois' song 'Wiscasset schooners' opens the album -- she and her husband Ross join Gordon in singing it.
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