Son Of Rogues Gallery

Back in 2006, the producer Hal Willner put together the compilation Rogues Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, which involved an impressive cast of musical luminaries pretending to be age-old sea dogs, taking on the nautical drinking songs of another era. And next week, we get the massive double-disc sequel Song Of Rogues Gallery. We’ve already posted the Tom Waits/Keith Richards team-up “Shenandoah” and Iggy Pop’s a Hawk And A Hacksaw collab “Asshole Rules The Navy,” but the comp also has contributions from Johnny Depp, Shane MacGowan, Michael Gira, Patti Smith, Michael Stipe, Nick Cave, Courtney Love, and a host of others. And now, if you like, you can spend hours listening to both discs of the collection at NPR.

Son Of Rogues Gallery is out 2/19 on Anti-.

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  1. These compilations trouble me, I confess. Much ado is made about these collections but nothing is reported about the fact that the maritime music genre is very much alive and well and is celebrated in dozens of festivals all over Europe and on the East and West Coasts and Great Lakes region of the United States. While these Rogues’ Gallery CDs make much of Big Name Artists performing in this genre as if it were a magical trip down memory lane the fact is that there are many excellent artists who perform this music for their vocations. Had these collections been peppered with songs by the likes of Tom Lewis, Pint & Dale, Bob Walser, Bounding Main, Skip Henderson, The Johnson Girls, Four’n'Aft, Armstrong’s Patent, La Bouline, Les Pirates, Monkey’s Fist, Sasiedzi or Banana Boat it would have contributed to good relations with the community of maritime performers. Needless to say we would have appreciated both the income and the press. Johnny, Gore: third time’s a charm?

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