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Leviathan! Ballads and Songs of the Whaling Trade

A.L. Lloyd: Leviathan! (Topic 12T174)

Leviathan!
Ballads and Songs of the Whaling Trade

A.L. Lloyd

Topic 12T174 (LP, UK, 1967)
Topic TSCD497 (CD, UK, 1998)

A.L. Lloyd: Leviathan! (Topic TSCD497)
A.L. Lloyd: Leviathan! (Pläne 52 520)

Leviathan!
Balladen und Lieder der Walfänger

A.L. Lloyd

Pläne 52 520 (LP, Germany, 1978; with German notes and song texts)

Recorded by City of London Studios;
Production and arrangements by A.L. Lloyd

Musicians

A.L. Lloyd, vocals, with
Alf Edwards, English concertina & ocarina;
Dave Swarbrick, fiddle;
Martin Carthy, mandolin;
Trevor Lucas, Martyn Wyndham-Read, chorus

Tracks

The songs on this record span more than a century-and-a-half. They relate to most of the whaling grounds on which British whalers were active, and concern the chase of all the main types of whales.

Side 1Side 2
  1. The Balaena (Roud 285) (2.46)
    1870s, Baffin Bay, right and sperm whales
  2. The Coast of Peru (Roud 1997; Laws D26) (4.38)
    early 19th century, Pacific, sperm and right whales
  3. Greenland Bound (Roud 970; G/D 1:10) (3.33)
    c. 1840, West Greenland, right whale
  4. The Weary Whaling Grounds (Roud 2011) (2.38)
    1840-50, West Greenland, right whale
  5. The Cruel Ship's Captain (Roud 835) (1.32)
    c. 1810, East Greenland, right whale
  6. Off to Sea Once More (Roud 644; Laws D7) (6.27)
    1850s, Bering Sea, bowhead whale
  7. The Twenty-Third of March (Roud 3291) (1.47)
    1820-40, Davis Strait, right whale
  1. The Bonny Ship the Diamond (Roud 2172; G/D 1:11) (2.40)
    1820s, West Greenland, right whale
  2. Talcahuano Girls (Roud 687) (3.12)
    early 19th century, Pacific, sperm and right whales
  3. Farewell to Tarwathie (Roud 2562; G/D 1:15) (2.57)
    c. 1850, West Greenland, right whale
  4. Rolling Down to Old Maui (Roud 2005) (1.17)
    c. 1850, Kamchatka and Pacific, bowhead and sperm whales
  5. The Greenland Whale Fishery (Roud 347) (4.51)
    c. 1725, Spitsbergen, right whale
  6. Paddy and the Whale (Roud 6342) (2.24)
    1890s, Antarctic, finn and blue whales
  7. The Whaleman's Lament (Roud 2000) (2.41)
    1820-40s, Pacific, sperm whale
  8. The Eclipse (Roud 5650) (3.15)
    1890s, Spitsbergen, bottlenose whale

All tracks trad. except
Track 10 George Scroggie