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Penny Merriments: Street Songs of 17th Century England [CD]

The City Waites , Various Artists Audio CD
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  • Composer: Various Artists
  • Audio CD (23 May 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0009JMEKQ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,385 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The Courtiers Health, or The Merry Boys of the Times 2:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Country Lass 4:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Crost People, or A Good Misfortune 7:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Countryman's Joy 2:430.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Seldom Cleanly 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. A Merry Jest of John Thomson and Jakaman His Wife 4:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Seven Merry Wives of London, or The Gossips Complaint 4:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Old England Grown New 2:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Good Advice to Batchelors, How to Court and Obtain a Young Lass 3:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Neptune's Raging Fury, or The Gallant Seaman's Sufferings 3:120.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The North Country Lovers 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Lunatick Lover 4:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Downfall of Dancing 6:130.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Saint Turn'd Sinner 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. An Old Song on the Spanish Armada, or Sir Francis Drake 2:070.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Female Captain, or The Counterfit Bridegroom 4:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. London Mourning in Ashes 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The Famous Ratcatcher 2:550.99  Buy MP3 

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Laugh to Listen to. 24 Jun 2007
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Having heard the track 'The Gossips Complaint' on Radio 3, I wondered what more delights this CD had in store, and I was not disappointed. This music is from an age where people lived fast and for the moment, as death was always ever present. If such songs were released today, the censors would ban them. This is worth buying if you are a historian of 17th history or enjoy listening to past songs of merriment
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5.0 out of 5 stars City Waits 25 Feb 2012
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For pop songs of the 17th Century look no further than this fascinating recording by Lucie Skeaping and the City Waits.
It is an excellent release that brings us a flavour of elements of English 17th and 18th Century culture.
The project explores the sound and songs that were very popular through cheap Broadside sheet ballads.
These ballads appeared all over the place. They appeared in domestic places, the theatre and the walls of taverns. They were crude prints made in small rooms at the back of London's print shops and were churned out in thousands. They would cost a penny and they were much sort after as they acted as urban expression carrying news before newspapers and magazines. Also like today's newspapers they offered sensational stories of lust, sexual exploits and comedy.
They followed on from their predecessors the folk ballads in that sense and they also robbed tunes from them. The actual broadside ballads as featured here were usually just printed words of new songs with no music notation. Instead they would suggest the song be sung to a already known, old and popular tune.
In effect they became part of English Traditional Folk music through the re adaptation of tunes and themes. This is a branch of English traditional music.
Often the songs are lewd, crude and rude but they offer a fascinating insight into the lives of some of the people in 17th and 18th Century England. The recording offers a slice of the culture of part of part of society at that time.
The ballads on this recording have been taken from various sources including The Pepys collection, the Roxburghe collection and Durfey's Pills to Purge Meloncholy.
Lucie Skeaping has appeared with the City Waits on many occasions as well as appearing on recordings with the Broadside Band.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rude & Crude 22 Aug 2007
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A fine collection of bawdy songs, well performed and sounding as fresh as the day they were first sung. Lucie Skeaping, the Radio 3 presenter, has long championed English crudety and carrousing in the form of folk songs and is represented here. She has performed with The Broadside Band and The City Waites, and has made a great contribution to the genre. "A Golden Treasury of Georgian Music", "Bawdy Songs of D'Urfey", "Songs & Dances from Shakespeare - The Broadside Band", "Pills to Purge Melancholy" and "English National Songs" should be on the CD list of everyone who enjoys this disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a musical time machine 21 Nov 2010
By Dale Kennedy - Published on Amazon.com
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The City Waites have brought to life the vigorous music of the 17th century. They perform on period instruments, but this is no dusty museum piece. You will sing and dance along, just as people did when this music was popular the first time. Lucy Skeaping also edited a book, Broadside Ballads, that has the lyrics and music to these songs and many more.Broadside Ballads: (Songbook) (Voice and Piano)
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent 15 Nov 2013
By Louis Christie - Published on Amazon.com
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a good mix of 'common songs' from merry England! - I particularly enjoyed the sound of a man from the 16th century bemoaning all of the 'progress' and 'newfangled fashions' that were destroying the heart of the England he knew.
4.0 out of 5 stars City Life 8 Nov 2013
By Therese Van Arsdale - Published on Amazon.com
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Interesting piece of history; listening to it it's easy to imagine when city streets were full of life instead of the silent byways they are now.
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