Gentle Men (2CD)

Robb Johnson

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Folk, Singer Songwriter
November 11, 2013

Format: Compact Disc



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A Family History of the First World War and its Consequences.

This brand new recording of the acclaimed Robb Johnson double CD 'Gentle Men' is a must-have re-imagining of the original and seminal work, (the original recording has been out of print for many years).

Rather than just reissuing the 1997 version, Robb has gathered together a wonderful cast of singers and musicians to take a fresh look at his song suite. Some of these artists were featured on the original recording but they bring to their new roles an additional wisdom that only living with these performances for almost two decades can bring.

Roy Bailey is one of those involved in both versions and his singing on the new version possesses a fragile, reflective quality that is quite touching in the context of the lyrics. Also included is a pivotal performance from Barb Jungr, as well as substantial cameos from Jude Abbott, Jenny Carr and John Forrester

The new work is available as a double CD with 24pp booklet of lyrics and as a 'limited edition' hardback book containing both the 2 CDs plus Robb's memoir of his two grandfathers (in memory of whom he wrote the song suite), photos and lyrics.

Press Quotes

"…the 2013 version possesses a distinctive new musical ambience…1997's Gentle Men was abundantly valid…but the current revision provides an even more stunning experience that through the benefit of considered hindsight has been transformed into a more sharply-focused artistic statement."

David Kidman, fRoots

"Poignant, funny, sad and angry, Gentle Men is a superb slice of social history"

Ian Sinclair, MORNING STAR

'with vocals by Johnson, Roy Bailey and Barb Jungr, and the often upbeat, jaunty melodies are inspired by music hall, hymns or marching songs, and set to variously bleak, angry and poignant lyrics. A folk classic.'

Robin Denselow The Guardian ****

More Info

Key Value
Catalogue number IRR088
Barcode 5036265000733
Number of items 2
Packaging type Digipak
Imported No
Weight 82g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 120mm x 10mm x 140mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. Grandfathers -
2. A Gentleman Always Wants Horses -
3. Three Brothers -
4. An English Heaven -
5. And Then The Trumpet Sounded -
6. Home By Christmas (1) -
7. Deeper Than Dugouts (1) -
8. RSM Schofield Is My Shepherd -
9. Deeper Than Dugouts (2) -
10. At The Mercy Of The Guns -
11. Dead Man's Pennies (1) -
12. Soldier On -
13. Bloody Medals -
14. Empty Chair -

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Noni & The Golden Serenaders -
2. The Boy Of My Dreams -
3. When Harry Took Me To Ypres -
4. Sweet Dreams -
5. The Silence Of The Salient -
6. When You're Seven Years Old -
7. The Whistle -
8. The Music From Between The Wars -
9. Hindsight -
10. Home By Christmas (2) -
11. Dead Man's Pennies (2) -
12. Making The Gardens Grow -
13. Nobody's Enemy -