Listen with
Join Amazon Prime now
Get unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists, free with Amazon Prime. Play album in Library Get the free Amazon Music app for iOS or Android to listen on the go.
Your Amazon Music account is currently associated with a different marketplace. To enjoy Prime Music, go to Your Music Library and transfer your account to Amazon.com (US).
  
Buy New
$2.98
$2.98 + $3.99 shipping
Only 1 left in stock.
Ships from and sold by CDWarehouseOnline.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Songs from My Funeral
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Songs from My Funeral

21 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Audio CD, March 23, 1999
$2.98
$2.98 $0.01
$2.98 + $3.99 shipping Only 1 left in stock. Ships from and sold by CDWarehouseOnline.


Editorial Reviews

Snakefarm ~ Songs From My Funeral

1. St James
2. Rising Sun
3. This Train That I Ride
4. Frankie And Johnny
5. Laredo
6. John Henry
7. Black Girl
8. Tom Dooley
9. Banks Of The Ohio
10. Pretty Horses

Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B00000I0QR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,704 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin R. Kiernan on June 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
There's a film that Jean-Pierre Jeunet will direct sometime in the next ten years, a cybernoir affair set in a ruined New Orleans after the levees have finally burst once and for all, and the city has been permanently inundated by an ultratoxic Mississippi. It will be something about black-market biotech, or mistaken identity, or both. Somehow the year will be both 1929 and 2093. And throughout the film will run a soundtrack as dark and quirky, as trippy and eclectic, as the movie itself. The familiar strains of traditional Appalachian ballads, blues standards, dust bowl folk; the harmonicas traded for electronica, but still a banjo and dobro here and there, and over it all, sultrysharp vocals as rich and disarming as the greenblack waters of the drowned French Quarter . . . Now, if you can imagine that, you have a pretty good idea what to expect from Snakefarm's Songs From My Funeral, a collection of covers, or, more precisely, reworkings, of classic ballads, from "Banks of the Ohio" (as chilling as anything on Nick Cave's Murder Ballads) to "Black Girl" (a witchy sort of take on "In The Pines") to the profoundly creepy "Pretty Horses." Frontwoman Anna Domino's stunning vocals are the high point of this unexpected gem, a voice that is at once smoky and crisp, somber and wickedly stormy, perfectly matched to the task of bringing new and disturbing life to even such overworked material as "The House of the Rising Sun."
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is a really, really good album. It's also (I think) an exciting event in the American music scene.
When Cordelia's Dad began giving traditional Appalachian tunes the punk treatment, many folk and folk-rock fans started thinking that maybe the US was finally gaining ground on the British and their long and rich folk-rock tradition, with interpreters of trad material as diverse as Fairport, Runrig, the Oyster Band and Capercaillie. Now, with "Songs From My Funeral", Anna Domino and Michel Delory have shown that Cordelia's Dad is not a fluke, and that an actual American trad-pop scene, in which traditional material is interpreted in a variety of styles, is not only possible but actually happening.
I hope that "Songs..." is not a one-off project - I'd like to see at least one more album from Snakefarm. At the very least, I hope the album will inspire other musicians to seek inspiration in this country's rich heritage of traditional music and exlpore new places to take it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "ravenmaden" on July 17, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I stumbled upon this band purely by accident, on an online radio station and was instantly captivated. I have to admit, I immediately tried finding mp3 downloads, to little avail. The songs would not leave my consciousness, and after hearing the songs again on same, had to purchase the CD. These songs are so beautifully done, entrancing your imagination as the instrumentation sweeps you away. I only wish Anna Domino had done more of like nature. This album is a must have for those of you who like the music of Poe, Beth Orton or Portishead. Very, very well done.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Swinford on April 21, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I believe most Americans will recognize the titles to most if not all the tracks on this album. We've had to sing these songs around the campfire or in Elementary School music classes etc., at least I did. I never really listened to them, even when I was singing and playing them, until I heard this CD. Snakefarm makes them fresh again, so they're no longer that tired, old, uncool, stuff we grew up with. The new arrangements allowed me to really hear the songs and to understand why they're still being sung after so many years. Great CD. Buy it!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Pete Seeger must be rolling in his grave ... and he isn't even dead yet. After listening to what Anna Domino and Michel Delory have done to these old standards, you immediately realize that this is not your father's folk music. Although uneven, "Songs From My Funeral" is perhaps the most arresting, and successful, attempt to update acoustic ballads to come down the pike in years. Whether you call it "acid-blues" or "troubador trip-hop," most of these tunes rock out in ways that their composers probably never dreamed of when they were written. Domino sings without much emotion, but her cool and measured delivery brings a matter-of-fact quality to the dark lyrics, with their emphasis on the themes of death and sex. Actually, she sounds a bit like Patricia Barber or Marianne Faithfull adopting the style of Leonard Cohen and the Tindersticks. This could have been disastrous. Instead, her restrained voice serves to draw fresh attention to what are otherwise familiar words. The strongest tracks here are the beautifully brutal "Banks of the Ohio," which has a slightly different melody from the version you usually hear, and "John Henry," the enduring protest worksong about the human consequences of automation. "This Train That I Ride" possesses an urgency not usually caught in more conventional approaches to this well-worn anthem of loss, and "St. James" seems almost experimental in its uptempo instrumental arrangement. "Frankie and Johnny" also has a very contemporary feel to it. "Laredo" slowly builds upon increasingly grim imagery until it reaches a cathartic climax, and "Tom Dooley" makes the ancient tale of the doomed murderer as futuristic as tomorrow's headlines.Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Recent Customer Reviews


Forums

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