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Sea Shanties / The Men Of The Robert Shaw Chorale


Release Date: 08/10/1999 
Label:  Rca Victor Living Stereo Catalog #: 63528   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Traditional
Performer:  Paul UkenaLeonard KranendonkWilliam DiardJack Hotop,   ... 
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 45 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The songs of the sailor presented on SEA SHANTIES may have gone out with the tall ships, but the traditional song stylings are preserved forever in this remarkable recording from 1960. RCA Victor took great pains in re-releasing this album, maintaining everything from the original "Living Stereo" fidelity to the unmistakable cover art.
The shanties themselves are familiar, due in no small part to the popularity of this recording in its original release. The Men of the Robert Shaw Chorale perform with vigor and machismo. Led primarily by baritones, the songs follow three basic patterns: call and response, ballads and more complex "windlass and capstan" shanties. The best known of the call and response songs, such as "Blow the Man Down"
Read more and "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor," remain popular for their deceptive simplicity. Each part is relatively easy to sing--these were, after all, work songs--but when all the parts are put together, they create a lively and quite enjoyable whole. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Blow the man down by Traditional
Performer:  Paul Ukena (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
2.
Lowlands by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Kranendonk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Written: Scotland 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
3.
Shenandoah by Traditional
Performer:  William Diard (Tenor), Jack Hotop (Guitar)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Written: USA 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
4.
What shall we do with the drunken sailor? by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Written: England 
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
5.
A-Roving by Traditional
Performer:  Jack Hotop (Guitar), James Stover (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
6.
Bound for the Rio Grande by Traditional
Performer:  James Stover (Tenor)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
7.
The drummer and the cook by Traditional
Performer:  Jack Hotop (Guitar), Paul Ukena (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
8.
Good-bye, fare ye well by Traditional
Performer:  Jack Hotop (Guitar)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
9.
Haul away, Joe by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Pyle (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
10.
Santy Anna by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
11.
The shaver by Traditional
Performer:  Jack Hotop (Guitar), Paul Ukena (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
12.
Spanish ladies by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Kranendonk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
13.
Stormalong, John by Traditional
Performer:  Leonard Kranendonk (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
14.
Swansea Town by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
15.
Tom's gone to Hilo by Traditional
Performer:  Thomas Pyle (Baritone)
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 
16.
Whup! Jamboree by Traditional
Conductor:  Robert Shaw
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Shaw Chorale Men
Date of Recording: 1960 
Venue:  Manhattan Center, New York City 
Length: 1 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: English 
Notes: Arranged: Robert Shaw and Alice Parker 

Sound Samples

Blow the Man Down
Bound for the Rio Grande
Lowlands
Whup! Jamboree
Tom's Gone to Hilo
A-Roving
Good-Bye, Fare Ye Well
What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor
The Shaver
Stormalong, John
Swansea Town
Haul Away, Joe
Shenandoah
Santy Anna
The Drummer and the Cook
Spanish Ladies

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Wonderful choral singing and arrangements December 1, 2012 By Sharon P. (Appleton, WI) See All My Reviews "This recording brought back memories of grade school music class, singing American folk songs. The performances are great and you can't go wrong with Alice Parker arrangements." Report Abuse
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