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Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (26 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues
2. South Australia
3. Brightly Beams
4. Cadgwith Anthem
5. Bully in the Alley
6. Shenandoah
7. Mingulay Boat Song
8. Johnny Hilo
9. Pay Me My Money Down
10. Sailor ain't a Sailor
11. Ladies of Plymouth
12. Haul Away Joe

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BBC Review

"As seen on TV" boasts the sleeve sticker proudly, directly under a helpfully explanatory line about the music we find within: "Hearty sea shanties delivered from the rugged north Cornwall coast." It doesn't initially scream a surefire commercial proposition but–make no mistake–at a point when quirky authenticity seems to be the Holy Grail for major record labels, this is A Serious Marketing Project.

It's easy to be cynical, then, about the £1m budget apparently unleashed to ensure its success. But it's equally difficult not to be seduced by the idea of 10 burly middle-aged blokes from a tiny but spectacularly beautiful village in Cornwall singing primitive sea shanties and getting to share a record label with Lady Gaga.

Only three of them are actually fishermen. But the Friends–eight of whom went to school together–have been belting out soaring harmonies and big choruses in local pubs for 15 years (appearing twice at London's Royal Albert Hall, supporting fellow West Country band Show of Hands), though sales of their previous CDs have primarily been limited either to tourists or mail order customers. That all changed when DJ Johnnie Walker discovered them in Port Isaac, and here they are delivering populist sea anthems like South Australia, Haul Away Joe, Sweet Ladies of Plymouth and The Mingulay Boat Song with endless vigour, if limited sophistication.

It was mostly recorded in a local church, though questions may justifiably be asked about the shiny production gleam that's been strategically added, along with flailing pipes, booming drums and other unnecessary instrumentation to create an irritating artificiality. They flounder completely when tackling more contemporary material like the anthemic lead-off single No Hopers, Jokers and Rogues and the alt-country mess that is The Union of Different Minds.

The simple beauty of the hymn Brightly Beams underlined by a mournful trumpet and the natural richness of their singing on the unaccompanied Cadgwith Anthem illustrate the folly of diluting their raw essence–their magic can't be bottled into something fizzy. As a modern interpretation of shanty songs, the Johnny Depp-inspired 2006 album Rogue's Gallery beats it into a cocked (sailors) hat. --Colin Irwin

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!!!!! xx 27 April 2010
By R,K Mac
Format:Audio CD
Received my cd 2days ago and have been listening to it ever since!!!
The voices and harmonys are just beautiful, the instruments sound fantastic, and there is a song for everyone!!
This is a cd for you if you enjoy REAL music, which warms your heart (and if you like a bit of a sing-a-long too!)
Well Done Fisherman's Friends!!! xxx
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75 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Willcox. 26 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Ive been going to Port Isaac on holiday for over 30 years now. First saw the Fishermans Friends, or 'Shanty Men' as my 4 children call them, since 1999. We have loved them ever since.
There music is brilliant, we have there first cd and have played it to death.
They sing so well together and have a fantastic sense of humour, you always have a great evening watching them on the Platt throughout the summer.
They thoroughly deserve this new found fame, it's long overdue.
All of these songs are a delight to listen to.
Please buy it.!!
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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where did that song come from?! 24 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
These guys are the real deal. You couldn't ever hope to meet a nicer (or funnier) bunch of people. Obviously they've continued to go from strength to strength year on year with their celebrated Friday evening "Live Lounge" sessions on the Platt at Port Isaac. But in the meantime they've quietly brought the roof down three times at the Albert Hall, how cool is that.

I thought I knew them pretty well by now, but where did this new single (No Hopers, Jokers & Rogues - see the video on here) come from? It's a ground breaking sound for them that to my mind takes them into a completely different league. I love the sound of it. Why would anyone not buy that song? In fact sorry, I think I have to listen to it just one more time...

Rock on guys.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars memories of port issac with this track 28 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
after visiting port issac for 12 years watching the fishermens friends was one of the highlights and finale to our holidays so pleased they have signed a well deserved record deal this track is fab and we can picture the scene on the platt cant wait for july hope they are still performing good luck to them
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars missed oportunity 8 July 2010
Format:Audio CD
Having seen these a couple of times, I was looking forward to this (with a little bemusement, it must be said).

The songs are mostly a "greatest hits" collection, and fine for all that. However, the appalling accompanyment completely ruins it.

If you're thinking of getting a Fisherman's Friends, get either of their earlier ones - much more satisfying.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it! (more than love it! love it! loveit!) 7 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
I've never been to Port Isaacs. I don't know these Guys, I'm a Townie who heard 20 seconds on the Telly.
I knew I'd adore it all. You will or you won't
It restores one's faith in Olde England; that things that are great about Britain are being preserved.
Its my childhood, its the rugby club, its my family
The Mingulay Boat Song. Just Fantastic. Grandpa wasn't quite so melodic.
I'm off to Port Isaacs. Just hope they aren't too famous to show
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Jackcam
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
After "Home From the Sea" I found that the musical accompanyment was obtrusive at times. Also, a lot of the material on this CD is also on the "Home from the Sea" CD which is a pity and it make you wonder just how extensive their repetoire is.
To sum up - OK if you haven't heard the previous offering, disappointing if you have.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff 22 Jun 2010
Format:MP3 Download
I am 23 and should be listening to rave or techno or what ever but I really love this I could listen to this music all the time......
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