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  • Audio CD (21 Aug 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Epitaph
  • ASIN: B000GLKMR4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Cape Cod GirlsBaby Gramps 7:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Mingulay Boat SongRichard Thompson 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. My Son JohnJohn C. Reilly 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fire Down BelowNick Cave 2:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Turkish RevelryLoudon Wainwright III 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bully In The AlleyThree Pruned Men 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. the Cruel Ship''s CaptainBryan Ferry 3:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Dead HorseRobin Holcomb 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Spanish LadiesBill Frisell 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Coast Of High BarbaryJoseph Arthur 4:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Haul Away JoeMark Anthony Thompson 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Dan DanDavid Thomas0:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Blood Red RosesSting 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sally BrownTeddy Thompson 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Lowlands AwayRufus Wainwright & Kate Mcgarrigle 3:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Baltimore WhoresGavin Friday 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Rolling SeaEliza Carthy 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. The MermaidMartin Carthy & The Uk Group 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Haul On The BowlineBob Neuwirth 1:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. A Dying Sailor To His ShipmatesBono 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Bonnie PortmoreLucinda Williams 3:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. ShenandoahRichard Greene & Jack Shit 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. The Cry Of ManMary Margaret O''hara 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. BoneyJack Shit 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Good Ship VenusLoudon Wainwright III 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Long Time AgoWhite Magic 2:35£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Pinery BoyNick Cave 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Lowlands LowBryan Ferry With Antony 2:36£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. One Spring MorningAkron/Family 5:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Hog Eye ManMartin Carthy & Family 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The FiddlerRicky Jay & Richard Greene 1:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Caroline And Her Young Sailor BoldAndrea Corr 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Fathom The BowlJohn C. Reilly 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. What Do We Do With A Drunken SailorDavid Thomas 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Farewell NancyEd Harcourt 6:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Hanging JohnnyStan Ridgeway 3:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Old Man Of The SeaBaby Gramps 5:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Greenland Whale FisheriesVan Dyke Parks 4:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Shallow BrownSting 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Grey Funeral LineJolie Holland 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. A Drop Of Nelson's BloodJarvis Cocker 7:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Leave Her JohnnyLou Reed 5:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Little Boy BillyRalph Steadman 5:33£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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The idea for Rogue's Gallery originated when Gore Verbinski and Johnny Depp were working on their second film together, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. 'I slowly became fascinated by the idea of a contemporary reinterpretation of the sea chantey,' explains Verbinski. 'I imagined the artists that I listen to and respect doing their take on this age-old music: the song of the sea.'

The collection is filled with contemporary reinterpretations of songs from a genre of music that has all but disappeared. Bono, Sting, Nick Cave, Bryan Ferry, Lou Reed, Lucinda Williams, Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson, Gavin Friday, Van Dyke Parks, Andrea Corr and Rufus Wainwright are only a few of the distinguished artists who turn in uncompromising and honest performances that illuminate the power of traditional sea songs.

Johnny Depp and director Gore Verbinski hatched the idea for Rogue's Gallery while filming "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"--that idea being to cast genteel rock superstars like Bono, Lou Reed, Bryan Ferry, Andre Corr, and Sting to reinterpret gritty seafaring standards for an exhaustive 43-track double-disc set produced by Hal Wilner. Throw in a bunch of credible folk stars (Loudon Wainwright III, Richard Thompson), their offspring (Rufus, Teddy) and a string of other curious characters (Jarvis Cocker, Antony) and what results is one of the strangest compilations in recent memory, if not exactly the most historically authentic or, well, digestible. Nick Cave embraces the role just a little too hard on "Fire Down Below," while Ferry can't help but sound like he's singing for the cast of "The Love Boat," but cut through the chaff and there is some real bootie here: Bono's "Dying Sailor to His Shipmates," Jolie Holland's "The Grey Funnel Line" and "Boney" by a mysterious tramp called Jack Sh**, which must be some kind of anagram for Johnny Depp. --Aidin Vaziri

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By McGrooger on 31 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
I'm a bit of an old folkie but knew that this album was not a straightforward cd of english folk songs. The list of artists featured is very broad - some of them from a folk background, some from the mainstream of pop and rock and some pretty obscure to an English listener.

There are 43 tracks on 2 cd's and I'd probably give 5 stars to at least half of them. You can always skip any you don't like or don't want your granny to listen to - some like Loudun Wainwright's version of The Good Ship Venus are truly filthy.

Among my favourite tracks are Nick Cave's outrageous version of Fire Down Below, a hilarious version of a song, Bully in The Alley by some group called Three Pruned Men and Van Dyke Parks version of The Greenland Whale Fishery, a song I've been singing for about 30 odd years. Hal Willner the weird and wonderful producer has come up with an even weirder and wonderfuller bunch of artists some of whom in turn have come up with truly original versions of the sea songs featured.

I wavered a bit about buying this album but am really glad I did - I'll just need to be careful who's in the car with me when I've got it blasting out!
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117 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. J. Isserlis on 9 Oct 2006
Format: Audio CD
As a founder member of one the Westcountry's best known shanty crews, Hanging Johnny", who have been singing "authentic" versions of these wonderful sailor's songs for some 15 years, with numerous recordings and appearances throughout Europe to our name, I suppose I could be labelled a "purist" and, having read some of the reviews for this collection, particularly on, might be expected to write a review full of bile and venom, bemoaning the apalling treatment given to such revered and delicate jewels as these 43 songs. However, with one or two notable exceptions, I have to say that I have rarely enjoyed a collection more! Yes there are a couple of dreadful renditions, but the vast majority of tracks are stunning interpretations of songs, all too frequently preserved in aspic and given the "precious" treatment. The opening track "South Australia" is a tour de force where spirit and sheer inventiveness rule and set the tone for the rest of the album. How grand to hear "Good Ship Venus" in all her unexpurgated glory, sung so well by Loudon WainwrightIII with such excellent backing. I am an old-school shantyman, but I take my hat off to these guys; forget purism, forget cardboard cut-out pirates; get this album because of its integrity, and because it has the guts to dare to be different in a bland and boring world -pure entertainment- Stan Hugill would have loved it.

Simon Isserlis -Hanging Johnny
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50 of 54 people found the following review helpful By N. Ball on 22 Aug 2006
Format: Audio CD
When I heard about the release of this album I was extremely excited, as for years I have been hunting down various old and new recordings of sea chanteys. I'm not a huge fan of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as whilst they are a lot of fun and great entertainment for the average person, they are completely fantastical, and anyone who knows much of the history of the real pirates will be aware that there are so many absolutely fantastic and true pirate stories out there. Still, director Gore Verbinski and star Johnny Depp obviously care a great deal about the subject and with some help from some world-class artists have produced this album.

Whether or not you'll like this music depends largely on what you're looking for in it. The songs fall into two loose categories - 1)dedicated folk singers singing fairly faithful versions of the sea chanteys; and 2) rock/pop artists reinterpreting the material in a loose punkish style. The first category of songs I found to be absolutely what I was expecting from the album, and have found some incredibly moving moments among them - the opening tune 'Cape Cod Girls', for example, followed by 'My Son John'and 'Haul Away Joe'. The folk singers seem to be able to deliver an authentic feel to the material which takes you to another place altogether.

The rock singers, on the other hand, should certainly be applauded on trying to make something new of the traditional songs. Alas, it doesn't always really come off. Some work better than others (Andrea Corr's performance is a nice surprise) but some really feel leaden compared to the subtleties of the folkier side of the album, all clunking drums and distorted guitars where they really don't fit.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By P. Moan on 9 Sep 2006
Format: Audio CD
I bought this CD because I am just starting to get really interested in sea chanteys. Folk has been my favorite genre of music for a long while now, along with celtic punk. I live off bands such as the Pogues, the Tossers, Blood or Whiskey, the Dubliners etc etc. When I got this album I was really excited to hear some people interpretations of these Chanteys. I have to say that there are some blinding songs on here. Songs such as Baltimore's Whores, Sally Brown, Lowlands Away, Greenland Whale Fisheries are all brilliant songs. I am also very impressed by the ability of the rock singers such as Bono to get the idea across of the Chantey's. I am glad they had Sting do Blood Red Roses, as he has a large interest in this kind of music, and pulls it off really well.

On the other hand - some of the songs on this album are absolutely awful. Everyone knows "What shall we do with the drunken sailor" and I have heard some brilliant versions of this song done. They have all had a mix of high energy and aggression, which is the way I see this song being played. Then I hear the version on this album and it has to be the weakest version of the song I have EVER heard. There is no energy in it, in fact it is quite an energy sapping song. I have to say that just this one song on its own stops the album getting 5 stars. There are a few other songs of similar quality, but overall there are more good songs than there are band in this collection of 43.

Definately worth a buy if you are interested in folk/chanteys. There are some great songs by some great musicians. Just remember to skip What shall we do with the drunken sailor!
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