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Album Review

A renewal of popular interest in sea shanties coincided with the commercial folk craze. Country, folk, and pop artist from Jimmie Driftwood to the Norman Luboff Choir recorded entire albums of seafaring songs, and in 1961 the Men of the Robert Shaw Chorale did the same. Because Shaw's chorus was primarily a classical music ensemble, its interpretations of watery favorites like "Blow the Man Down" and "What Shall We Do with the Drunken Sailor" are very reserved, polished and precise. None of Driftwood's rowdiness and humor or the Norman Luboff Choir's pop flourishes is to be heard here. The album has a serious, almost academic aura in place of the rousing Pirates of the Caribbean caricatures one might expect. The chorale appealed to intellectual listeners, though, and its approach is in keeping with accepted modes of classical music performance.


Born: 30 April 1916 in Red Bluff, CA

Genre: Classical

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

Not to be confused with the earthy barrelhouse pianist of the same name, Robert Shaw made his name through his dual mastery of the art of choral and orchestral conducting. Although featured on record with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra performing standard classical repertory, Shaw's own recordings often document his interest in old-time song. Best-known for several recordings of traditional Christmas carols, he has also tackled Irish folk music, sea shanties, songs of the American Civil War, popular...
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