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Thread #94776   Message #1838320
Posted By: Anglo
19-Sep-06 - 10:53 AM
Thread Name: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
Subject: RE: Reflections/Criticism of Peter Kennedy
One of Peter Kennedy's habits when producing recordings I found particularly irritating was his assembling "musical collages" of ballads, for example doing the first section of a ballad with a few verses from Harry Cox, then a few of someone else, then someone else again. He did this, for example, on some of the Caedmon Folksongs of Britain series (later released on Topic in Britain). Even more irritating, some of these collages were made up of three singers (with similar texts, but different tunes and keys) going in rotation one verse at a time. It's unlistenable!

His rationale was that space was limited on the LP and we wanted to present as much material as possible, but the texts in the notes only gave the verses that were actually presented on the recording. I thought he might get rid of this notion when some of these were published on CD, with more time available, as part of the Rounder Lomax series (two volumes of Child Ballads and the Songs of Seduction are the only CDs that were released as far as I'm aware); but no! not only are the old collages still there, but he actually made up new ones.