“The New Briton Gazette” by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - album review

TJR says

A welcome turn to the contemporary from Ewan, bolstered throughout by prominent co-vocal harmonizing from Peggy. “The Ballad Of Springhill” sings of the Nova Scotian mining pit disaster of just 2 years earlier, epitomized with the chilling line "2 miles of earth for a marking stone". Peggy's “The Lifeboat Mona” reflects upon an event even fresher to mind, written, recorded and released within a matter of months of the December '59 tragedy off the coast of Fife which took the lives of 8 men. Closing side 1 poignantly, “When I Was A Young Lad” is an outstanding piece of work from Ewan's pen, a highly evocative lament centred on broken dreams and the grind of prison life. Even more dramatic is “The Crooked Cross” which warns that the dangerous flames of German Nazism are not fully doused: "They are free (they are free), Nazi soldiers (they are free), Nazi statesman (they are free), In Germany (they are free), Free to work among us still, Free to poison, lie and kill, Free to finish Hitler’s plans, Stop them now, while you can, while you can." The message is loud and clear from these ace volksters.

The Jukebox Rebel
18-Apr-2018

A1 [04:16] 6.2.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Come Fill Up Your Glasses (Peggy Seeger) Folk
A2 [04:52] 5.9.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Ballad Of The Carpenter (Ewan MacColl) Folk
A3 [03:53] 7.4.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Ballad Of Springhill (Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl) Folk
A4 [04:27] 7.9.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Lifeboat Mona (Peggy Seeger) Folk
A5 [02:17] 6.9.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Trafford Road Ballad (Traditional, Ewan MacColl) Folk
A6 [01:43] 6.5.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Fireman’s Not For Me (Traditional, Peggy Seeger) Folk
A7 [02:46] 8.5.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - When I Was A Young Lad (Ewan MacColl) Folk
B1 [02:18] 8.6.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Crooked Cross (Peggy Seeger) Folk
B2 [02:33] 6.8.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - There’s Better Things For You (Peggy Seeger) Folk
B3 [02:38] 6.5.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Brother, Won’t You Join In The Line? (Ewan MacColl) Folk
B4 [03:14] 6.7.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Space Girl’s Song (Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl) Folk
B5 [02:22] 6.1.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Come All You Gallant Colliers (Ewan MacColl) Folk
B6 [03:30] 6.4.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Come, Me Little Son (Ewan MacColl) Folk
B7 [01:47] 6.1.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - The Fitter’s Song (Ewan MacColl) Folk
B8 [01:28] 5.3.png Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger - Exile’s Song (?) Folk




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