Art of the Bawdy Song
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Top Customer Reviews
The Baltimore consort, with Custer La Rue as chief vocal have done an incredible job with this music. I never get tired of her lovely voice, and the life she brings to these songs. The instrumentals are fabulous (mixed consort settings on period instruments). Two of the best numbers are "cold and raw the wind did blow"...and "my thing is my own"- these typify the wonderful momentum and gorgeous musical phrasing they bring to the music- five stars for them.
Unfortunately, the album includes songs from a group of male vocalists who gathered together as "the merry companions". What a huge mistake. The inside of the program notes shows them gathered around some tankards of ale. I think they must have spent too much time drinking and no time at all thinking (or rehearsing). The vocals are brash and not well-tuned and for such lively content, they are sometimes sluggish too. They went for the "rugged tavern" sound at the expense of the music. If I were at a tavern or renaissance faire, and heard some drunken louts singing these catches, I'd love it- what wonderful fun! But this is a CD that I paid to listen to, and they should have rehearsed. I don't like to pay for this kind of impromptu junk- if D'Urfey and Purcell bothered to write it down and set it to notes, the performers should get it right and it should sound like music. Often they have chosen to set these in too low a register, or without instrumentals that might help lift up the sluggish character.Read more ›
The melodies of the songs are delightful weavings of instraments and the human voice. The real joy of the CD, however, is in the lyrics. The lyrics revel in drinking, flatulence and wanton carnality while somehow managing not to sound crude. In many of the songs such as the "Irish Jig" and "My Man John" I could not help but laugh aloud. Although the focus of this CD is on bawdy songs, there are also many fine instrumental bits and some songs that simply revel in the more simple pleasures of life.
All toll, this CD is an eye opening, funny and entertaining work that is well worth owning.
I found myself humming these catchy melodies over and over, and at first listening the songs are very melodious and beautiful...and then you start to understand the words the performers are singing. This CD is titled "Bawdy" for a reason.
The songs range from those that are true drinking songs such as "'Tis women makes us love. 'Tis love that makes us sad. 'Tis sad that makes us drink. And drinking makes us mad!" But there are a few on the other end of the spectrum, full of pure bawdiness. The most forthcoming, in my opinion, is My Man John, a story in song about a maid named Mary who broke the handle of her hair broom, but man John had a replacement for her. "My man John had a thing that was long. My maid Mary had a thing that was hairy." It only progresses from there and I'll let your imagination fill in the rest, or better yet, purchase this CD and find out! In truth there is nothing bad about there lyrics unless taken out of context, which one can't hope to avoid.
I highly recommend The Art of Bawdy Song for all of those interested in early music, drinking songs, or just looking for something different. You won't be disappointed.
Most recent customer reviews
This is a good, fun recording of early music. I bought this copy to replace the one I lost in the divorce. Couldn't do without it.Published on July 24 2011 by Curtis
The Baltimore Consort, an ensemble of six players, was founded in 1980 with the purpose of performing 'broken consort' pieces of Elizabethan origin. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2006 by FrKurt Messick
The first (and maybe the only) record I have that has a sticker that says "parental advisory explicit lyrics". Read morePublished on July 30 2001 by Juan Pablo Pira
. . .but a really fun item nonetheless!
This charming CD is filled with beautiful music from the Elizabethan Age. Read more
This album, "The Art of the Bawdy Song," is more in line with typical tavern music of the Renaissance. Read morePublished on Dec 20 2000 by Harold T Thomas
I'm delighted to find this recording of some songs I learned many years ago but never, for obvious reasons, hear performed. Read morePublished on Feb. 6 2000 by Milt Fancher
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