Secret TreasuresBy Kit Staton
Published: February/March 2012
A musicologist in love with the sea picks his favorite versions of some terrific songs on our playlists.
Here are the links to some songs that would be my preferred versions – songs selected for their purity of merit. Also, I urge you to explore YouTube to see some wonderful live performances of all the songs here, as well as on our master list; it will be an hour well spent, especially on a cold winter's night.
"The Lee Shore,"by Crosby & Nash, from "The David Crosby Box": iTunes (song title is #39 in album song list). Bonus: Check out this priceless YouTube video of a 1970 BBC performance:
"Barbados,"by Poco, from "Bareback At Big Sky": iTunes (song title is #5 in album song list).
"The Hills of Isle Au Haut,"by Jody Stecher (a Gordon Bok song), from "Going Up On The Mountain"; this version is wonderfully full on the choral parts: iTunes (song title is #12 in album song list).
"Shenandoah,"by Mustard's Retreat, from "The First Album Plus": iTunes (song title is #4 on album song list). An iconic performance of the same song was performed by Paul Robeson, from "Paul Robeson: The Complete EMI Sessions (19281939)": iTunes (song title is #88 on album song list).
"Fishing,"by Richard Shindell, from "Live at The Chandler Music Hall, Randolph, Vermont (11/11/06)": iTunes (song title is #5 on album song list).
"The Mary Ellen Carter,"by Stan Rogers, from "Between The Breaks… Live!": iTunes (song title #4 on album song list). Bonus: Here's another version, perhaps not as strong, of that song, but it's preceded by a not-to-be-missed video of a ship-disaster survivor talking about how "The Mary Ellen Carter" kept him going. Check this out:
"King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running,"by The Coastal Cohorts, from "King Mackerel & The Blues Are Running: Songs & Stories of the Carolina Coast (Original Cast Recording)": Amazon MP3.
"Gulf Coast Blues,"by Erik Von Schmidt, from "The Bluesville Years, Vol. 7: Blues Blue…": Rhapsody. The link for this great old song is to Rhapsody, not iTunes or Amazon. To buy the song, you'll have to sign up for a free trial with Rhapsody. Or, you can just listen for free without signing up.
"Let Him Go On, Mama"by John Hartford:
This is a YouTube video of the late, great John Hartford in a very interesting PBS interview that would pair nicely with "Natchez Whistle": iTunes (song title #3 on album song list); and "Let Him Go On, Mama": iTunes (song title #16 on album song list), both on Hartford's album "Me Oh My, How The Time Does Fly." And here are two YouTube performances of the Lady herself blowing her steam whistle:
(good for the distance visual);
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Extended Playlist 1
|Song - Artist|
|Rolling Down to Old Maui - A.L. Lloyd|
|Fundy Line - Bucky Halker|
|Shantyboatin' - Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone|
|The Lee Shore - Crosby & Nash|
|On a Day When the Wind is Perfect - David Wilcox & Nance Pettit|
|The Sloop John B. - The Dicey Doh Singers|
|Song Of The Volga Boatmen - Don Cossack Choir, Soloist: I. Beresoff|
|26 Miles (Santa Catalina) - Four Preps|
|Western Boat - Gordon Bok|
|The Hills Of Isle Au Haut - Jody Stecher|
|Let Him Go on, Mama - John Hartford|
|Bull Gine Run - The Starboard List|
|Island Style - Randy Lorenzo|
|Mutineer - Rob Lutes|
|If I Had a Boat - Lyle Lovett|
|Barbados - Poco|
|Boots of Spanish Leather - The Seldom Scene|
|Chesapeake Born - Tom and Mark Wisner|
|Into the Mystic - Van Morrison|
|Northwest Passage - Stan Rogers|
|Danger Down Deep - RCA Symphony Orchestra & Charles Gerhardt|
|King Mackerel and the Blues are Running - The Coastal Cohorts|
|Arran Boat Song - Anne Roos|
|Ready for the Storm - Cindy Kallet, Ellen Epstein, and Michael Cicone|
|Dredgin' is my Drudgery - Tom and Mark Wisner|
|The Jeannie C. - Stan Rogers|
|Three Fishers - Nathan Rogers|
|To the Last Whale… Critical Mass/Wind on the Water - Crosby & Nash|
|Mingulay Boat Song - Richard Thompson|
|Drunken Sailor/South Australia - Dust Rhinos|
|Out on the Rolling Sea - John Roberts, Frederick McQueen, Joseph Spence|
|Rolling Sea - Vetiver|