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Smallcreep's Day
Smallcreep's Day
by Peter Currell Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

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5.0 out of 5 stars A surreal journey through an epic factory, 12 Feb. 2008
I first read this in the Picador version, but lent it out so many times that it went missing. It took years to find another version, this the original panther print, and it does not dissapoint, even from this distance in time. The story concerns the quest of a 'small man', working on the conveyor belt of a vast factory, who sets out one day with a packet of sandwiches, to find out what he makes. His phantasmagoric adventures recall Bunyan, Pynchon or Brautigan, with a dash of a strong working-mans experience of politics thrown in. From the stygian depths of this epic structure to the almost paradisical office life far far above, he fixes all aspects of the factory life with an hallucinatory eye, and the end, as he discovers the results of his lifes work is well worth the journey.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Folk from the 60s folk revival, 30 Jan. 2008
This review is from: Presenting (Vinyl)
A review by by Richie Unterberger
Ian Campbell & the Ian Campbell Folk Group were Britain's favourite folk performers, bar none, during the '60s. Based in Birmingham, they featured singers Ian and Lorna Campbell of Aberdeen as well as Dave Swarbrick and Dave Pegg, later of Fairport Convention.
If it sounds dated today, by the standards of its era, it was pretty robust and full-bodied, owing to its frequent multi-voice singing parts and the backing of the vocals of Ian Campbell and his sister Lorna Campbell with banjo, guitar, autoharp, fiddle, and mandola. The latter two instruments are played by Dave Swarbrick, a good half dozen years or so before he joined Fairport Convention; his fiddling is especially to the fore on the instrumental "Traditional Medley." Another cut of note is their somber a cappella version of Pete Seeger's "The Bells of Rhymney." The record was important in helping to introduce this sort of material and style to a wide audience at a time when it wasn't all that easy to find on record.

Side One:
Twa Recruiting Sergeants;
Keel Row;
The Unquiet Grave;
To Hear the Nightingale Sing (Campbell);
The Drover's Dream (Campbell);
Traditional Medley (instrumental);
Rockin' the Cradle (Campbell);
The Jute Mill Song (Mary Brooksbank);
Johnny Lad
Side Two:
Blow Boys Blow;
Down in the Coal Mine;
Garton Mother's Lullaby (Campbell);
The Apprentice's Song (Campbell);
Rocky Road to Dublin/Drops of Brandy (instrumental);
Homeward Bound (Campbell);
The Waters of Tyne (Campbell);
The Wee Cooper o' Fife (Campbell)

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