Voice & Vision - Songs Of Resistance, Democracy & Peace (2CD)

Voice And Vision

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October 13, 2014

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The GFTU approached Topic Records with a view to reconnecting trade unions with a long-standing song tradition and a truly independent label with its political roots. This collaboration has resulted in a wonderful collection of songs highlighting Topic's long-standing commitment to 'Political' song, with material linked to social justice, democracy and the resistance of class oppression.

Legendary artists who have recorded for Topic Records including Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen and Anne Briggs feature alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17 year old Piers Haslam.

The songs selected here are mostly from a tiny cross-section of material from Topic's vast back-catalogue which describe events across hundreds of years of struggle for social fairness, respect and collective will. Dick Gaughan's version of 'The World Turned Upside Down', a reflection on the Diggers and Levellers of the mid-seventeenth century, is the opening track. 'The Internationale', sung by the Topic Singers & Band, which as the B-side of 'The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer', was on the first ever release by the label. The plight of the miners in the 1980s is represented by Norma Waterson with her moving rendition of the poem by miner's wife Kay Sutcliffe, 'Coal Not Dole'.

A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for social justice, 'Voice & Vision' is a double CD set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.

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Key Value
Catalogue number TSCD774D
Barcode 0714822077422
Number of items 1
Packaging type Jewel Case
Imported No
Weight 100g
Dimensions (LxWxH) 142mm x 10mm x 125mm

Disc 1

Track Listing — Disc 1

Song Title Time
1. The World Turned Upside Down 02:48
2. The Diggers' Song 03:29
3. The Hard Times Of Old England 04:21
4. To The Begging I Will Go 02:34
5. The Recruited Collier 02:38
6. The Rigs Of The Time 03:08
7. The Month Of May 02:02
8. Jerusalem 01:18
9. Captain Swing 03:03
10. General Ludd's Triumph 03:53
11. Four Loom Weaver 02:51
12. Poverty Knock 03:41
13. Song Of The Lower Classes 03:44
14. The Internationale 02:54
15. Black Leg Miner 01:17

Disc 2

Track Listing — Disc 2

Song Title Time
1. Free & Easy 04:30
2. Bringing The News From Nowhere 06:28
3. Alice White 02:40
4. Joe Hill 03:00
5. Talking Union Blues 03:08
6. The Man That Waters The Workers' Beer 03:06
7. Dominion Of The Sword 03:33
8. Palaces Of Gold 03:40
9. Saltley Gates 03:42
10. Coal Not Dole 03:03
11. Harry Stone - Hearts Of Coal 05:59
12. Rolling Down The River 02:14
13. If You Want A Better Life 02:54
14. War 04:36