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Joe Offer 05 Mar 03 - 01:26 AM
Trevor 05 Mar 03 - 04:36 AM
Dave Bryant 05 Mar 03 - 05:26 AM
Dave Bryant 05 Mar 03 - 05:42 AM
GUEST,Arkie 05 Mar 03 - 09:32 AM
GUEST,JohnB 05 Mar 03 - 12:39 PM
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Subject: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: Joe Offer
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 01:26 AM

It's time for me to place another CAMSCO order, and I decided I'd like a CD or two of Sydney Carter songs. I had to do a lot of searching, but I found one at CDUniverse called Lovely in the Dances: The Songs of Sydney Carter Gracenote.com gives this track listing:
  1. George Fox
  2. Julian Of Norwich
  3. Carol Of The Creatures
  4. Holy Horses
  5. Like The Snow
  6. Friday Morning
  7. Lord Of The Dance
  8. The Cocks Are Crowing
  9. John Ball
  10. The First Of My Lovers
  11. Bitter Was The Night
  12. Come, Love, Carolling
  13. I Used To Dance
  14. I Come Like A Beggar



In another thread, somebody posted a link to Stainer & Bell, Sydney Carter's publisher in the UK. They have several songbooks, but nothing that would be considered comprehensive. They have a "various artists" CD that looks interesting, called Lord of the Dance. Here's a track listing:
Track Dur. Track

Dur.

1. My Believing Bones 0.36 14. By This Sea 0.37
2. Lord of the Dance lotd.wav - 344k 3.55 15. Green like the Leaves 4.49
3. Doubting Tom 0.27 16. Future in the Past 1.01
4. Present Tense 2.20 17. Shake and Shiver 2.33
5. What is Impossible 0.56 18. Christ’s Hospital 1.38
6. Pluck the Rose 3.26 19. Creator of the Living 6.28
7. Run the Film Backwards 1.30 20. Reversal 0.34
8. Come Holy Harlequin 2.12 21. Julian of Norwich 3.31
9. Judas and Mary judas.wav - 400k 3.42 22. In Coram Fields 0.34
10. The New Song 0.43 23. One More Step oms.wav - 380k 3.38
11. Bird of Heaven 4.42 24. Interview 0.50
12. Robinson Crusoe 0.14 25. Like the Snow 6.50
13. After Six and All Day Sunday 0.46 26. This Black Light 0.48
    Total Playing Time

59'58''

There's an accompanying songbook, called Sydney Carter's Lord of the Dance. Here are contents:

    Poem: My Believing Bones
    Lord of the Dance
    Author's Note on Lord of the Dance
    Author's Note on Present Tense
    Present Tense
    Poem: Doubting Tom
    Pluck the Rose
    Poem: What is Impossible
    Poem: Run the Film Backwards
    Come, Holy Harlequin
    Judas and Mary
    Author's Note on Judas and Mary
    Poem: The New Song
    Poem: Reversal
    Poem: By this Sea
    Poem: Robinson Crusoe
    Bird of Heaven
    After Six and All Day Sunday
    Poem: The Future in the Past
    Green like the Leaves
    Author's Note on Shake and Shiver
    Shake and Shiver
    Poem: Christ's Hospital
    Poem: In Coram Fields
    Poem: Interview
    Creator of the Living
    Julian of Norwich
    One More Step
    Author's Note on One More Step
    Like the Snow
    Poem: This Black Light
Has anyone heard these CD's? Any comments? Any other recordings or songbooks available?
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: Trevor
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 04:36 AM

Hello Joe. I've got Lovely in the Dances. Although I find some of the tunes a bit 'samey' it's saved for me by the styles of the various artists performing them. I haven't got it in front of me so I can't remember who does what, but John Kirkpatrick is one of my all time faves anyway. The tracks on which Carter himself performs I find moving - it really feels as if he is enjoying working with interpretors of his work.

Our little band, Rapsquillion, has a couple of Carter songs in the repertoire: 'John Bull' (which I guess, after 'Lord of the Dance' is the best known) and the fantastic 'Bitter is the Night' which we sing as a three-part round.

The album, in my opinion, is worth getting.


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:26 AM

I sing quite a few of Sydney's songs. He's written some wonderful songs about (or often questioning) religious or social subjects - my favourites are:
Friday Morning (wonderfully ironic)
Standing in the rain
Crow on the Cradle
John Ball.

On the other hand there are some great comic/lighter songs that people often don't realise that he wrote:
The Telephone Song
Down Below
Eros (I posted the words to a thread the other day)
Man With a Microphone
Silver in the Stubble (let me be chaste etc - but not quite yet)


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 05:42 AM

Joe

Perhaps in the light of my posting, you should add these related threads to the list at the top.

Eros
Telephone Song
Down Below


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 09:32 AM

I have an lp of the Lovely In The Dances which I've had put on CD and I like everything on the recording. Lord of the Dance, John Ball, Julian of Norwich, and George Fox have really catchy tunes and some of the others are rather haunting pieces. Holy Horses is one my personal favorites. The notes indicated that its meaning should be obvious, but not to me. I like it anyway. I have heard very few of the songs on the other CD, but "One More Step" was selected as the number one favorite in a poll of English school children a few years back.   I think Lord of the Dance was fifth or sixth in that poll. As an aside as it is really not relevant here, but I have a reel tape of a television performance of Sydney Carter and Donald Swan from over 35 years ago which I am hoping to get put on CD shortly if it is still playable. I have not listened to it in so many years I no longer remember the songs that are performed but I can still visualize the performances.


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: GUEST,JohnB
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 12:39 PM

I came across this site a while ago from another mudcat thread, hope it helps. I heard "Carol of the Creatures" years ago, relly liked it, there again it is Maddy Prior singing. Never bought the recording though.
JohnB


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: delphinium
Date: 05 Mar 03 - 01:12 PM

I also like Lovely in the Dances very much. Lyrics, sleeve notes and more at http://www.informatik.uni-hamburg.de/~zierke/folk/records/lovelyinthedances.html

But be warned, only for those who like to hear the songs replaying in your mind for a long time ... uh,oh, now you've done it ... who will be the lady, who will be the lord ...


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: GUEST,rogermerrick@f2s.com
Date: 27 Mar 04 - 06:02 AM

The LP "And now it is so early" on Galliard was recorded with Sydney Carter, and Bob & Carole Pegg.
It is now one of the rarest (= highest priced) folk lps - 350 US dollars, 18000 yen.
Anyone know if a reissue would be possible?


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Subject: RE: Sydney Carter Recordings & Books
From: GUEST,roger
Date: 24 May 13 - 09:46 AM

Surprised at the request for availability of songbooks. Many were issued published by Galliard Ltd in piano and chord books called In The Present Tense Books 1-5 and include most of the best known from One More Step to My Last Cigarette (Sheila Hancock), Port Mahon (Julie Felix etc) to George Fox. I have the first 3 from first publications in the late sixties. All 5 are still available on line from Stainer and Bell at £6 each (I guess this is the brief link mentioned above - clearly not Carte's complete output but I would still consider the collection quite comprehensive. I was recently asked to play When I needed a Neighbour (another great school assembly favourite) at church and was able to oblige.


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