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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic taste of the sea, May 29, 2011
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This review is from: Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends (Audio CD)
On England's windswept north-west coast is the fishing town of Fleetwood. There they manufacture a lozenge called Fisherman's Friend. With its menthol and eucalyptus, this fiercely strong lozenge is just the thing for sailors and fisherman braving cold, wet weather. They have however reached a wider consumer base, in part no doubt, due to their fun name.

Down on England's equally windswept south-west coast is the fishing village of Port Isaac, where a 10-man group of singers entertain in a local village pub, singing seafaring songs a cappella. Three of them are fishermen and the others serve in the coastguard or lifeboat service. So they are the real deal. They adopted the fun name of the lozenge, hence the titles of their first two (self-released) albums, "Suck'em and Sea" and "Another Mouthful From...The Fisherman's Friends".

They now have a recording contract and this album is the result. It too, is the real deal. The songs are from a variety of sources, including the whole of the British Isles and the Americas. One of their most famous - and my favorite, with its enigmatic lyrics and catchy tune - is The Cadgwith Anthem, which is sung here a cappella, twice in fact, the reprise being a live recording.

Most of the tracks have an instrumental backing, which caused them and their fans some trepidation. I think the results are first rate. The recording quality is excellent throughout, and the instruments enhance but never overwhelm the singing.

The solo voices are not always note-perfect, though they carry a tune well enough, and that actually adds to the authenticity. Their harmonies are splendid and often surprisingly elaborate.

The net result is a generous helping of seafarers' songs which warrants a place in every music collection. Why, it's almost enough to make me want to leave my warm home and go to sea. Almost.
[PeterReeve]
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Initial post: Nov 28, 2011 3:15:11 AM PST
I didn't know about the lozenge, maybe because I've never been to Fleetwood. Well, you learn something new every day.
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