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Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers

Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers (Topic TRL1)

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Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers

Topic Records TRL1 (LP, UK, 1954)

Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron, The Topic Singers (Topic TRL1)

This is a compilation of tracks mostly from 78rpm Topic records. The container is plain manila cardboard. The disc itself is 12" with what appears to be a hand-drawn label with “Topic” and above it “Workers' Music Association London”. The matrix numbers are RPL 627 and RPL 628.

Musicians

Ewan MacColl: vocals [1-2, 4-7, 9-16];
Isla Cameron: vocals [3];
Al Jeffery: banjo [3-5, 12], guitar [6, 8];
Una Brandon-Jones, Hertzel Goldbloom and Martin Lawrence with the Topic Singers, pipe and tabor; accompaniment conducted by Arnold Goldsbrough [17]

Tracks

Side 1: Ewan MacColl, Isla Cameron Side 2: Ewan MacColl, The Topic Singers
  1. [EM] Asphalter's Song (TRC39, 1950)
  2. [EM] I'm Champion at Keepin' 'em Rolling (TRC39, 1950)
  3. [IC, AJ] The Fireman's Not for Me (TRC51, 1951)
  4. [EM, AJ] Poor Paddy Works on the Railway (Roud 208) (TRC50, 1951)
  5. [EM, AJ] The Coal-Owner and the Pitmans Wife (TRC55, 1951)
  6. [EM, AJ] Collier Laddie (Roud 3787; G/D 5:991) (TRC48, 1951)
  7. [EM] Four Loom Weaver (Roud 937) (TRC40, 1950)
  8. [IC, AJ] Cannily, Cannily (TRC50, 1951)
  9. [EM] Jamie Foyers (Roud 1941; G/D 1:106) (TRC55, 1951)
  1. [EM] As I Went Out One May Morning (Roud 277; Laws O17; G/D 4:791; Henry H152) (TRC46, 1951)
  2. [EM] The Burning of Auchendoun (Roud 4010; Child 183)
  3. [EM, AJ] Brewer Laddie (Roud 867; G/D 4:916) (TRC49, 1951)
  4. [EM] The Keach in the Creel (Roud 120; Child 281; G/D 2:317; Henry H201) (TRC46, 1951)
  5. [EM] Van Diemen's Land (Roud 221)
  6. [EM] Blow the Candle Out (Roud 368; Laws P17)
  7. [EM] The Sheffield Apprentice (Roud 399; Laws O39; G/D 5:998; Henry H31; TYG 71) (TRC56, 1952)
  8. [UB, HG, ML] The Cutty Wren (Roud 236) (TRC7, 1940)

I don't know of the origin of tracks 11, 14 and 15.