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Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Song and Chanteys

Various Artists

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While shooting Pirates of the Caribbean II, director Gore Verbinski and actor Johnny Depp came up with the idea of piecing together a compilation of pirate songs and sea chanteys of yore, sung by various musicians who fit the bill. Subsequently, 2008’s Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, & Chanteys is as entertaining as the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. Most everyone here really embraced the characters of salty sea scoundrels. It starts with a cover of the traditional “Cape Cod Girls” by Baby Gramps, a silver-bearded old crooner famous for his grizzled throat singing. Both Richard Thompson’s timeless guitar style and rich vocal timbre fit the age-old “Mingulay Boat Song” with authentic authority, while Nick Cave sounds like he was born to sing “Fire Down Below.” Even comedic actor John C. Riley contributes “My Son John” with nary a hint of his satirical style. (Anyone wondering why Shane MacGowan isn’t here can find him opening the 2013 sequel, Son of Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys.)

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Love it

I agree with the other review here, that this is a great album. But I disagree about what is the "best"! There is such a range of songs/artist approaches available here, that this is just as it should be... Anybody can find what they like and discover new songs and artists. The ones that I love for their tone, execution, and just that sheer feeling of thrill that they give me (and this doesn't happen to me often listening to music anymore! so these are special):
John C. Reilly's "Fathom the Bowl" (I recognized his voice from having seen him in films - he is wonderful here)
Cape Cod Girls
Mingulay Boat Song
Turkish Revelry
Blood Red Roses, Sally Brown, Lowlands Away (very haunting), Shenandoah, Hog Eye Man, Grey Funnel Line

Goodness! I feel like I am listing the whole album. But I found out about so many great songs here. I recommend it whole heartedly. I am actually grateful to those Pirates of the Caribbean movies... at first I thought them just silly but if they encouraged this project , yay!


Just one of the best collections, period. Love some of the modern takes on the classics, and plenty of tradditional style.

Anthony and the Johnson not credit with Bryan Ferry,a DUET!

Maybe was the phenomenon success of The Pirate if the Carebean saga movies that promted this project, anyhow interesting choice of old resurfaced songs and artists covering it.
The best is Bryan Ferry's "The Cruel Ship Captain" and also a duet with Anthony and the Johnsons "Lowlands Low" but Anthony is not credited on it as siinging the duet,why?? he learn a few tricks on the singing and manerism from Bryan Ferry.
Very enjoyable experience,am feelinf like SAILING! OH OH OH

Rogue's Gallery - Pirate Ballads, Sea Song and Chanteys
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  • $14.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Jan 29, 2008

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