- Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Arc Music
- ASIN: B00001OHA5
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,170 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Shanties & Songs of the Sea Import
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Packaging: Not so much.
I was disappointed when the CD insert didn't have the lyrics to the songs. The lyrics and an explanation of some of the sailing terms would have been ideal (raise your hand if you know what "jubeju" means). Even looking them up online is tricky since there seems to be a lot of variations on these songs.
But the songs are great. I especially like the fact that there is no musical accompaniment, it really gives it a feel of sailors singing as it would have been. I've bought some other CD's similar to this and they all use instruments that makes them sound less like sailing songs and more like folk music.
This type of thing is totally out of character for the types of stuff I normally like, but it's hard NOT to like Blow the Man Down as sung here. I confess to singing some of these songs myself when nobody is looking and I'm doing the dishes or something else noisy. :)
So it's a shame about the missed opportunity to turn this into something special by giving us a good CD insert, but the CD itself is fantastic.
This CD offers good, pleasing harmony and solo male vocals throughout, all well recorded and engineered. If you're expecting any instrumental accompaniment you won't find it here but it doesn't detract a whit from these recordings.
If you like traditional sea shanties, add this to your collection.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the songs and performances! They're all vocal, little to no instruments, just pure hearty folk songs of the sea.Published 12 months ago by Kyle Falconer
I'd listened to shanties before, but only when I heard this recording did I realize just how incredible the genre could be when done well. Read morePublished 22 months ago by punkgrl29
I am going through the first listen as I type this review.
I was disappointed I didn't get a vinyl recording for the money I paid.
However, the three men can sing. Read more
I first became aware of this recording through Pandora, doing of all things a playlist for Stan Rogers. I was immediately captured by the old favorite "Blow the Man Down. Read morePublished on December 21, 2011 by Dennis Stephens
Wonderful. Truly authentic. I have two copies of this CD, just in case something happens to one of them.
I knew Johnny for awhile, ages ago out in Hong Kong. Read more
Well, having the pleasure of hearing the late Mr. J Collins singing all songs seaworthy, I forked o'er 25 US dollars to get this rare and out of print CD. Read morePublished on April 5, 2011 by oldsalt
I have listened to several collections of shanties, and this is by far the best and most authentic. Johnny Collins and his group bring back memories of my time aboard a tall... Read morePublished on December 22, 2008 by Paul T. Smith
I enjoyed the Johnny Collins sea shanties. They were authentic. I also sent them to someone else for a gift and he also enjoyed them very much. I appreciated the fast delivery too.Published on September 28, 2008 by Ina Claire Gabler
If you want to know how sea chanties originally sounded on the decks and under them back in the 18th and 19th centuries, this is an album for you. Read morePublished on July 20, 2008 by Johnathan Bracken