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Ballads: Murder Intrigue Love Discord

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Ballads: Murder Intrigue Love Discord
Ballads: Murder Intrigue Love Discord


The great traditional ballads are storytelling at its dark, urgent best and the greatest exponent of this folk art was Ewan MacColl. Traditional narrative ballads are at the centre of the British Folk Tradition. They told stories which helped define the English and Scottish national characters; stories about murder and intrigue, love and discord on both the epic and domestic scale, but stories that told us about ourselves. Ewan MacColl was the folk revival's greatest proponent of the ballad; ballads were central to his conception of the folk revival and at the core of his recordings and performances. His commitment showed in his performances, where the story was everything. No one who ever witnessed him performing one of the great ballads live will ever forget it. BALLADS: Murder, Intrigue, Love, Discord is a great selection of performances originally released in 1956 and never before on CD. This beautiful double CD is lovingly remastered and packaged in a slipcase with a 64 page booklet with extensive notes and full texts of all the songs. Topic Records are proud to reissue these important recordings as part of the label's 70th anniversary celebrations.


  1. Name
  2. The Cruel Mother
  3. Johnnie O' Breadisley
  4. Lang Johnnie More
  5. Jock The Leg
  6. Hughie The Graeme
  7. The Douglas Tragedy
  8. The Dowie Dens 0' Yarrow
  9. Captain Ward And The Rainbow
  10. Clyde's Water
  11. The Crafty Farmer
  12. Lord Gregory
  13. Gil Morice
  14. My Son David
  15. The Battle Of Harlaw
  16. The Bonnie Hoose O' Airlie
  17. The Rantin' Laddie
  18. The Earl Of Aboyne
  19. The Cooper O' Fife
  20. Captain Wedderburn's Courtship
  21. The Jolly Beggar
  22. The Beggar Laddie
  23. Our Goodman
  24. The Laird O' Drum
  25. The Broomfield Hill
  26. Get Up And Bar The Door
  27. Hind Horn
  28. The Trooper And The Maid
  29. Amang The Blue Flowers And The Yellow
  30. The Keach In The Creel
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