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    Three Score & Ten : A Voice to The People [coll] – [Topic Records Ltd]

    A nice score for KFJC, and 3.5 score for Topic. The
    label’s humble, anti-fascist beginnings 70 years ago
    remain unvanquished. The book this comes with is
    devotedly done as would befit and independent label,
    and they capture pretty much everything from the first
    release, Paddy Ryan’s “The Man Who Watered the Worker’s
    Beer” onward. On that Ryan track though the tone is
    solidy set, a good mix of distrust of the bosses and
    a pint to chase it down. Comedy from Billy Bennet may
    not unite the female workers of the modern world,
    but surely there’s plenty on hear for one to dig.
    If anything they watered down their true international
    output, whence Topic traveled beyond the British Isles
    for some excellent folk music, but Ireland and Scotland
    each get a disk here, and county Sligo might come out
    a wee bit behind. Mrs. Makem though makes her boys proud.
    Watersons of all sorts are brilliant, especially Mike’s
    “Tamlyn.” Pogue fans can kiss Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old
    Town” and enjoy 3 othrers, including “Sixteen Tons.”
    There’ll be plenty you and Paul Simon recognize here,
    but plenty more to discover. Pipes from all over to
    blend with your experimental sounds, American Seeger’s
    and other truth seekers. A just some of the most
    plain and powerfully so singing you could ask for. Raise
    yer glass to another 70 years. A gift so good it’s nearly
    a Crime!

    -T’urston ‘unger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on June 2, 2010 at 6:38 pm
  • Filed as CD,International
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