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Shanties & Songs of the Sea [Import]

Johnny CollinsAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • 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 (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #351,288 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blow The Man Down (Flying Fish Sailor) (Halyard Shanty)
2. Haul Boys Haul (Sea Song)
3. Blood Red Shoes (Halyard Shanty)
4. South Australia (Pump Shanty)
5. Leave Her Johnny (Pump Shanty)
6. Randy Dandy (Capstan Shanty)
7. Fire Marengo (Hauling Shanty)
8. Shallow Brown (Halyard Shanty)
9. Eliza Lee (The Bulgine Run) (Capstan Shanty)
10. Goodbye Fare Thee Well (Hauling Shanty)
11. Maui (Sea Song)
12. Old Billy Riley (Halyard Shanty)
13. Bold Reilly-O (Halyard Shanty)
14. Down The Bay To Juliana (Hauling Shanty)
15. The Wild Goose (Halyard Shanty)
16. Hard On The Beach Oar (Riverboat Song)
17. Roll The Wood Pile Down (Capstan Shanty)
18. Dogger Bank (Sea Song)
19. Sailor's Prayer (Sea Song)
20. Farewell Shanty (Sea Song)

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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best January 15, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I have well over a dozen CDs of sea shanties, and this is my hands-down favorite. Containing numerous shanties and songs of all types, they are delivered with a rough gusto and an edgy harmony that could scrape the barnacles off a copper bottom. Two principal singers lead the songs, one in an irresistible, robust voice that snaps right into your nerves and muscles, the other in a lyrical Celtic tenor evoking the wistful, more gentle side of things. The selection is just unbeatable, and each shanty is sung with attention to detail, nuance, and flavor -- you can hear each song touched with the appropriate amount of urgency, melancholy, bitterness, cheer, weariness, mockery, pride, and so on. While no recordings of sea shanties may be truly considered "authentic," Johnny Collins and the lads seem displaced from another time, tumbled up from the forecastle and into the studio with the salt still in their beards.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Songs March 11, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Music: 5 stars.
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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best of the lot October 8, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've been compiling a database of recorded sea shanties, and listening to hundreds of songs. This is easily my favorite collection. An amazing set of songs, some rarely heard, and all beautifully performed. The best versions of many shanties are scattered about (eg Dead Horse by the Albion Band), and collections tend towards the commercial, or the croakingly 'authentic'. But there are no field recordings of these uncensored worksongs, so nothing is really authentic. This CD is a fine compromise.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done and most enjoyable! January 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
100% Pure sea shanty sung with true feeling in a traditional manner! A bunch of familiar halyard, pump, capstan, hauling shanties (`Blow the Man Down', `South Australia', `The Bulgine Run', `Blood Red Roses', `The Wild Goose' and more) along with a well-performed selection of some other sea songs like `Old Maui', `Dogger Bank', `Sailor's Prayer', etc.

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.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Sea Shanties July 4, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Okay here's what's up. I love pirate movies and themes and I bought this because of that flavor. I was a little disappointed because the songs were accapello (spelling?) but then my dad pointed out that those songs would've been sung without music anyway because they were work songs to make sailors' jobs pass easier. It's really more authentic. I just thought anyone considering buying this might consider that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shanties & Songs of the Sea July 11, 2007
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This is a wonderful collection of Sea Shanties. All acapella, and very enjoyable to listen to. I'm using it to teach myself sea shanties, with the intent of performing at local 'pirate days' celebrations.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sea Chanteys Sung By Real Men <grin> December 31, 2002
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A great collection of sea chanteys sung in an appropriate rough roar and rowdy beat by men who work for a living. Great in their own right, and for singing along with on long drives to keep yourself awake.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD, and well worth the price. February 16, 2006
Format:Audio CD
They picked a good selection of shanties for this CD. The recording is crisp and clear, and sounds decently authentic, if a bit too structured. The lack of instruments such as the concertina is an interesting touch, but the tracks sounds good without it. If you're looking to get into shanties, this is a great place to start. Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Inspiring
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 more
Published 6 months ago by punkgrl29
5.0 out of 5 stars YOu wont be disppointed
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
Published on August 14, 2012 by Margaret A. Ruoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic and Traditional
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 more
Published on December 21, 2011 by Dennis Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Collins
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
Published on September 17, 2011 by J Renfroe
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahoy, lovers of shanties
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 more
Published on April 5, 2011 by oldsalt
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome Aboard and Stow Your Gear, Mate!
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 more
Published on December 22, 2008 by Paul T. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars shanties are authentic
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Authentic-sounding sea chanties
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 more
Published on July 20, 2008 by Johnathan Bracken
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
This is a great collection of shanties. It is a bit raw at times, but that seems right and good to me. I prefer the rolicking tracks to the sentimental ones, but they're all great. Read more
Published on December 21, 2007 by lucretia23
5.0 out of 5 stars Shanties & Songs of the Sea
Excellent collection of Maritime music. It should belongs to everybodys collection who enjoys sea and sea voyage.
Published on November 24, 2007 by Sunil K. Jha
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