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Lighter Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties (34) RE: Review: Davis & Tozer 50 Sailors Songs or Chanties 25 Feb 21


Thanks for the kink, Wm.

I've listened to those tracks as well as those on the CD.

Slade's "A-Rovin'" is unusual, and a little longer on the CD than online. (Slade's longer version was later covered by Paul Clayton on "Whaling and Sailing Songs from the Days of Moby Dick.")

Other than that, few textual surprises.

I haven't had time to compare all of Slade's other texts with D & T, but "Mobil' Bay" and "We're All Bound to Go" are clearly based on the book.

As a chanteyman, Slade (still in strong voice in 1949) doesn't use many (or any?) of Stan Hugill's "hitches," but he does have a noticeable vibrato.

And, my folkie friends, Slade pronounces "my" as "my," not "me."

Of course, he was never a pirate....


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