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Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
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I really enjoyed the first Rogues Gallery record, a very interesting collection of disparate artists and songs that somehow worked - it was also a favourite with my grandchildren (although I didn't let them hear Loudon's version of the "Good ship Venus"). This second volume is understandably not quite as good but it also has an unlikely collection of artists including Macy Gray, Tim Robbins, Iggy Pop and Shane MacGowan, who again interpret a similar collection of chanteys and ballads.

This certainly isn't real 'folk' music and many tracks are almost theatrical cabaret-style presentations from the likes of Marianne Faithfull, Dr. John, Iggy Pop and more understandably Anjelica Huston. Elsewhere there are really good musical performances from Richard Thompson, Marc Almond, Michael Stipe and Courtney Love, Petra Haden, Sean Lennon and Todd Rundgren. I also really enjoyed the contributions from Ed Harcourt, Patti Smith, Ivan Neville, Macy Gray and especially the combination of Tom Waits and Keef Richards singing "Shenandoah". Don't worry though, as on the first volume there is also plenty of the oddball and the weird here as well, including a nightmare rendition of "Barnacle Bill the Sailor".
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on February 23, 2013
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I had been waiting for this album to release for months. My girlfriend and I had made a plan to relax and spend the entire evening listening to this album on it's release date. Well, we heard the Tom Waits and Keith Richards rendition of "Shenandoah" online and loved it. I guess I was hoping for acoustic versions of sea faring songs done in a traditional fashion. Instead it is a mixture of cabaret, sixty's pop, and honky tonk piano backdrops that do the lyrics no justice. Don't get me wrong, there is a handful of decent songs on this collection, but they are few and far between. I was expecting to hear powerful songs to the caliber of David Grisman and Jerry Garcia's "Off to Sea Once More," and felt short changed at the end. Oh well. Hopefully someone will get it right and create a compilation album of sea songs and ballads that has a real traditional nautical vibe. We will see.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2014
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YES! This is a much better modern take on sea shanties than Rogue's Gallery. The other was a good start, but this is an album I can definitely listen to all the way through whenever wherever.

Sea Shanties are a really fun genre to get into! They are classic, old, authentic songs about life of the sea - sometimes humorous, often tragic. I was really impressed by how the modern artists expressed this in their music. My favorite songs are the ones by Tom Waits, Macy Gray, and Frank Zappa.

I recommend those diehards out there to get the book "What Do You Do with a Drunken Sailor? Unexpurgated Sea Chanties." For strictly traditional music renditions, you should check out:Blow Ye Winds in the Morning and Blow Boys Blow - Frank Zappa was very inspired by this album actually, said it "blew his mind!"
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on June 9, 2013
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The first Rogues Gallery set was a mix of unknown, oddball, and a few big-name musicians doing classic and original sea chanties. It was excellent, and rumors abounded that Johnny Depp and crew had enough material for a second set to back up the first. This is that second set. It's top-loaded with famous talent, losing the quirkiness the unknown and regional artists brought to the first. With that said, this is a real gem. Beautifully produced (not over-produced, and I'm sure it was a strain for the producers to restrain themselves, I'm just glad they did), great songs. Sort of the professional fillip topping off the looser first set. Highly recommended--no household should be without!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 10, 2013
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I had purchased the first Rouges Gallery and loved it... This is additional to it and has some great songs. Keep it up..
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 2, 2013
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...following the original Rogues Gallery. Some of the songs are okay - some of the singers are okay - but some of both are completely wretched. I thought they would be traditional seafaring songs (which I think they really are, but missed many that would have been better) sung by great current musical artists. Don't know who most of the musicians are and some are AWFUL. Not worth the money at all.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2013
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the first was not everyone's cup of tea - definitely a niche item - but I personally loved almost all the songs on it.
admittedly I'm not a purist so creative re-imagining of traditional tunes turns me on (its well within the folk tradition to do so anyway), so that's not the issue here.
simply put the quality of the songs just isn't as good.
might be the song selections, might be the choice of performer for each song, might be the interpretation - really all I can say is I didn't like it much.
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on July 10, 2014
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Fun record
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on May 31, 2014
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Not as much fun as the original
No regrets on the purchase
But the 1st one I know by heart and play
Loudly in the car as I sing along
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on January 25, 2014
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If you liked Rogues Gallery you will enjoy this one. And you will enjoy some of the top musicians in the business.
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