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Songs Against the Bomb

Songs Against the Bomb (Topic 12001)

Songs Against the Bomb
Various Artists

Topic Records 12001 (LP, UK, 1960)

Songs Against the Bomb (Topic 12001)

Recorded live at the Ballads and Blues (Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger) and at the Partisan Coffee House (London Youth Choir with Fred & Betty Dallas)


Side 1

  1. Brother Won’t You Join in the Line?
    Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger and Jack Elliott, 1958
  2. The Crooked Crosses
    Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, 1960
  3. Strontium 90
    Fred & Betty Dallas with Ron Fielder (banjo), 1959
  4. Hey Little Man (Sinner Man)
    Fred & Betty Dallas
  5. Doomsday Blues (St. James Infirmary Blues)
    Fred Dallas, 1958 (sung in the film Aldermaston)
  6. The Ballad of the Five Fingers
    Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger, 1957 (from the play So Long at the Fair)
  7. There are Better Things to Do
    Peggy Seeger (banjo) with Jack Elliott (guitar), 1958

Side 2

  1. The H-Bomb’s Thunder
    The London Youth Choir, soloists Wendy Edwards & Ron Fielder (banjo) with Leon Rosselson (guitar), 1958
  2. Song of Hiroshima
    The London Youth Choir, soloist Wendy Edwards, 1955
  3. Hoist the Window
    The London Youth Choir, soloist Marlene Tallman with Leon Rosselson (guitar) and Ron Fielder (banjo), 1952
  4. That Bomb Has Got to Go
    Ron Fielder, Ray Edwards and members of the Robin Hood Singers, 1959
  5. The Dove
    Margaret McKeown with Leon Rosselson (guitar), 1954
  6. The Family of Man
    The London Youth Choir, soloist Ron Fielder (banjo), Margaret McKeown, Marlene Tallman and Ray Edwards, with Leon Rosselson (guitar), 1957

Track 3 Fred Dallas;
Track 6 Ewan MacColl;
Track 8 words by John Brunner, tune the American Union song Miner’s Lifeguard; arranged by John Hasted;
Track 9 Koki Kinoshita; English text Ewan MacColl; arr. Alan Bush;
Track 10 a Negro Spiritual arr. John Hasted;
Track 11 words MacColl, Seeger; tune traditional shanty A Hundred Years Ago;
Track 12 Ewan MacColl; freely based on the old English folksong The Cuckoo is a Pretty Bird; arr. Leon Rosselson;
Track 13 Fred Dallas arr. Wendy Edwards


Thanks to Alistair Banfield for the record info and the sleeve picture with the rectangle Topic logo.