Bob Davenport The Common Stone

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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Topic Records

Entertainment Reviews:

Dirty Linen - p.85
"While strongly rooted in tradition, the album brings an original slant to songs dealing with roving, oppression, the military, and other themes....Presented with care and originality."

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.Davenport's Cakewalk
  • Buy for $0.992.Song of the Other Ranks
  • Buy for $0.993.Those Men We See
  • Buy for $0.994.Jerusalem
  • Buy for $0.995.Jockey to the Fair
  • Buy for $0.996.Wealthy Squire
  • Buy for $0.997.Bottle Bank
  • Buy for $0.998.She Moved Through the Fair
  • Buy for $0.999.You Are My Sunshine
  • Buy for $0.9910.The Cuckoo
  • Buy for $0.9911.Trust No Man
  • Buy for $0.9912.Heart Like a Wheel
  • Buy for $0.9913.Song of a German Mother
  • Buy for $0.9914.The Drum
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Dawning of the Day
  • Buy for $0.9916.Down by the Glenside
  • Buy for $0.9917.Police Patrol
  • Buy for $0.9918.The Sergeant's Returned / Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
  • Buy for $0.9919.You Came Back Down the Long Road
  • Buy for $0.9920.The Colour
  • Buy for $0.9921.Wild, Wild Whisky
  • Buy for $0.9922.Alabama Song
  • Buy for $0.9923.Wild Rover
  • Buy for $0.9924.I Am a Rover
  • Buy for $0.9925.The Summertime Is Come Again
  • Buy for $0.9926.Davenport's Retreat

Product Description:

Personnel: Linda Thompson (vocals); Martin Carthy (guitar).
Liner Note Author: Bob Davenport.
Recording information: Panda Sound, Robin Hoods Bay; The Bench, Derbyshire, England; Woodman Recording Studio, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Photographer: John Haxby.
Arrangers: Martin Carthy; Norma Waterson; Bob Davenport.
To describe Bob Davenport's new album as quirky folk doesn't quite do it justice. Yes, the album is, more or less, folk, and the choice of material and performance style is often quirky, but it's presented in a tasteful, professional fashion. With its mixture of instrumentals, a cappella singing, and unusual material, The Common Stone is well conceived, but more importantly, fun. Davenport mischievously segues from a moving rendition of "She Moves Through the Fair" to a halting ragtime version of "You Are My Sunshine" (though both songs are thematically similar, they vary widely in cadence). Repeated motifs include war, untrustworthy men, and whiskey. Perhaps the most bizarre track is a group rendition of Brecht's "Alabama Song," a piece that may be familiar to some listeners from the Doors' first album. It follows a Davenport original, "Wild, Wild Whiskey," a song that warns against a life of strong drink, but nonetheless sounds like a perfect tune for late-night pub singing. Davenport's joined by the cream of Britain's traditional musicians, including Martin Carthy, Richard Thompson, and Norma Waterson. It's interesting to note on releases like The Common Stone that Topic, long known for its commitment to traditional British folk, allows its cadre of artists the luxury of experimenting within tradition. That's what makes Davenport's album so much more interesting and listenable than yet another singer committed to repeating exactly what has come before him. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford Jr.
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Product Info:

  • UPC: 714822055222
  • Shipping Weight: 0.15/lbs (approx)
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