In Flanders Fields (2CD)

Coope, Boyes & Simpson

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August 4, 2014

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Peace has been a recurring theme of the powerful and distinctive singing and songwriting of the English acappella trio Barry Coope, Jim Boyes and Lester Simpson. It was the strength of their writing about the events of the First War that first led Piet Chielens, now Co-ordinator of the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, to commission them to perform and compose music for the Flemish arts organisation, Peace Concerts Passendale in 1993.

They eventually took part in five different Peace Concert productions in Belgium and England, performing on former battlefields like Hill 60, among the memorials at Tyne Cot and at the request of the town of Passendale for their eightieth anniversary commemoration of the battle of Passchendaele. These experiences then inspired their words and music production, In Flanders Fields, which combines their own writing with the biting humour of the Tommies' wartime observations and music.

Songs like Jim Boyes, Flanders and Lester Simpson's, Standing in Line and Barry Coope's singing of Robin's Song were also the reason that the author Michael Morpurgo asked them to join him in concert performances of his novel Private Peaceful, with its message of the futility of war and later, in the adaptation of The Best Christmas Present in the World, his story about the Christmas Truce of 1914.

In Flanders Fields is the culmination of this involvement, bringing together newly written songs, existing and first time recordings of songs from Peace Concerts Passendale and songs and music of the War to end all Wars.

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Key Value
Catalogue number NMCD42
Barcode 5020393904223
Number of items 2
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 110g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 8mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The Almanac (Instr) -
2. Fault Lines -
3. England to Her Sons -
4. The Sergeant Major's Having a Time -
5. The Burning Mill at Messines / The Bloody Fields of Flanders -
6. Ao Tea Roa -
7. Along the Menin Road -
8. Lloyd George's Beer -
9. Goodbye Dolly Gray -
10. Down Upon the Dugout Floor -
11. Marching, Marching, Marching -
12. Chorus Line / When the Moon Shines Bright on Charlie Chaplin -
13. Soldier, Soldier -
14. Little Man You've Had a Busy Day / Standing In Line -
15. Roses of Picardy -
16. Hanging on the Old Barbed Wire -
17. When This Blasted War Is Over -
18. The Rhyme of No Man's Land -
19. Tickler's Jam -
20. Onward Christmas Soldiers -
21. Living It Up -
22. Peace On Earth -
23. Tyne Cot at Night / I Want To Go Home -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. We're Here Because We're Here -
2. Shule Agra -
3. Rogues' March -
4. Flanders -
5. Good Old General Haig -
6. Can You Spare A Poppy -
7. 1815 - 1915 -
8. Mendinghem / Bandaghem -
9. There's a Long, Long Trail -
10. Do You Want Us to Lose the War -
11. Carol for Carmen -
12. Keep Your Head Down -
13. The Sergeant and the Serving Girl -
14. Fred Karno's Army -
15. Robin's Song -
16. Still In the Night -
17. The Sailor's Wife -
18. Hill 60 -
19. Shuffling Jack -
20. Rose of No Man's Land -
21. The VADs -
22. Perhaps -
23. Lay Me Low -
24. Marchlands -
25. Spring 1919 -
26. The Almanac (Vocal) -
27. Only Remembered -