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Leviathan! - Ballads & Songs of the Wailing Trade

A.L. Lloyd

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No one is likely to accuse this collection of suffering from a surfeit of wit and good humor — whaling was a cold, difficult, and ugly business even after the arrival of mechanization. Lloyd set up this resounding collection with the assistance of long-time associate Alf Edwards on concertina and ocarina; supporting the two of them are Dave Swarbrick on fiddle and Martin Carthy on mandolin, with Trevor Lucas and Martyn Wyndham-Reade acting as a vocal chorus on some songs. As always, Lloyd is in fine — and distinctive — voice. His arrangement and production of the songs dispenses with formal organization, allowing for accidents and rough edges while maintaining the audio quality. The result is an interestingly intimate texture — at times, it feels almost as though Lloyd and company are present in the flesh: a real common-room atmosphere. This remastered reissue is highly recommended.

Biography

Born: February, 1908 in London, England

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '50s, '60s

A.L. Lloyd is probably not the name that comes to mind first when the subject of English folk music comes up — at least not for anyone under the age of 40. As a singer, collector of folk songs, and arranger, however, Lloyd is one of the most important 20th century figures in...
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