Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen (1924)

Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen

The book by Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen I present; is a cornerstone of American heritage in the subject of shanties. The author herself was born at sea; and her father Lincoln Colcord was a captain of a merchant fleet ship for over two decades. The author of the book “Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen” describes; a huge amount of shanties not only from the musical point of view; but also from the side of the work for which the described shanties were used. Joanna C Colcord’s book is; next to William Doerflinger’s “Shantymen and Shantyboys” and the works of Frederick Pease Harlow; the most important authentic source of shanties and information on shanties.
An interesting fact for Polish fans of shanties is that; Joanna Colcord – Roll And Go – Songs of American Sailormen were one of the main source texts of the works; of one of the two most popular shanty bands; “Cztery Refy”. According to the story of Simon Spalding, in the 1980s; at the request of Jerzy Rogacki; Simon Spalding; using a photocopier (Xero); copied the work of Joanna C Colcord at the Mystic Seaport Museum; one for Jerzy Rogacki and the other for himself. Jerzy Rogacki received a parcel from “America”, containing a valuable photocopy of this wonderful book.

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The Atlantic Monthly – July (1858)

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Frederick J Davis; Ferris Tozer – Sailors’ songs or “chanties” (3rd Edition) – (1906)

Frederick J Davis; Ferris Tozer – Sailors’ songs or “chanties”

There is hardly any collection of shanties that would not mention Sailors’ songs or “chanties” (3rd Edition) as a real source of shanties. Through Joanne C. Colcord, Stan Hugill, and many others, everyone respects this source, and the source is truly wonderful. If any of you are planning to gain this phenomenal position, please be careful, because of the earlier editions, the fewer shanties. So the first edition contains twenty-some shanties, and the third edition fifty. One of the main advantages of this collection is a sufficiently large number of stanzas for each song.
Note about edition, why even bothered? Well, the first edition of the Sailors’ songs or “chanties” (3rd Edition) contains 24 shanties, the second 40 and the 3rd one 50, so it is a huge difference in the amount of content.

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John Sampson – The Seven Seas Shanty Book (1927)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 2 (1926)

The Atlantic Monthly – July (1858)

John Sampson – The Seven Seas Shanty Book (1927)

John Sampson – The Seven Seas Shanty Book

It was a really hard case for me to buy John Sampson – The Seven Seas Shanty Book shanty collection, and it is because every time when I typed “The Seven Seas” part of the title in search engines, the display tones of results relates to the biggest book of Stan Hugill’s book “Shanties From The Seven Seas. Paradoxically, I know about this book from a reference list placed in Stan Hugill’s book. This book is really a treasure, for any shanty enthusiasts. The book contains forty-two shanties and sea songs.

The really great thing about this book is that each song contains a fair amount of verses (most books from this time, have only a few verses, and that’s it), For example, shanty “Shenandoah” contains seven verses. It is worth noting each song has a very nice description, to give us some information about the type of shanty or time where comes from, and so on. Overall, a quite rare position, but worth any money to have it.

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Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 1 (1921)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 2 (1926)

Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns (1923)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 2 (1926)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 2

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 2 is one of the most recognized shanties collections ever. This is the second part; which was published in 1926; to the original first part, after additional five years of research, Richard Runciman Terry added another thirty-five shanties. Similar to the first part, along with sheet music for voice and pianoforte. The introduction and descriptions of shanties contain a huge amount of useful knowledge. This book is one of the many published during the so-called “Grand Hall shanty revival”. The content of the descriptions contains a lot of important information; e.g. the names of the seaman from whom the individual songs were obtained. This is a must-have for every Shanties enthusiast.

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You can find excellent records of sea shanties here. If you want to discuss this book or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or below post in the comment section.

Related to The Richard Runciman Terry’s Book

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 1 (1921)

Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns (1923)

The Shell Book Of Sea Chanties (1952)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 1 (1921)

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 1

Richard Runciman Terry – The Shanty Book Part 1 is one of the most recognized shanties collections ever. The first part of this fantastic collection was published in 1921 and was built on a really great experience of an author. It contains thirty shanties along with sheet music for voice and pianoforte. Introduction and descriptions of shanties contain a huge amount of useful knowledge. This book is one of the many published during the so-called “Grand Hall shanty revival”. The content of the descriptions contains a lot of important information; e.g. names of the seaman from whom the individual songs were obtained. This is a must-have for every shanties enthusiast.

Do you want to be more involved?

You can find excellent records of sea shanties here. If you want to discuss this book or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or below post in the comment section.

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The Shell Book Of Sea Chanties (1952)

Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns (1923)

Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters (1914)

Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns (1923)

Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns

A perfect, Alex Anderson – Windjammer Yarns is over two hundred fifty pages documentary report of the life of a sailor employed on sailing ships and steamboats in the 1880s. This is one of the few unique books that help us understand the realities of a sailor’s life. Captain Alex Anderson’s book includes several shanties along with sheet music.

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Related to the Windjammer Yarns

Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters (1914)

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The Shell Book Of Sea Chanties (1952)

The Shell Book Of Sea Chanties – by The Shell Petroleum Company Limited (1952)

The first amazing thing about this collection is that it does not have an author. This book is a collection of the shanties, printed by concern Shell. Although we know the editor of the book, Hereward King. A very interesting collection; mentioned by Stan Hugill in his “Shanties From The Seven Seas” has several unique versions of popular shanties. As mentioned previously, the shanties printed in this book i.e versions of those shanties, you can not find anywhere else.

Of course; the unique versions described may only be of interest; to someone who is interested in the footnotes and materials mentioned by Stan Hugill. What is also worth mentioning is the absolutely spectacular graphics of this book; each illustration is a work of art and the print quality is second to none. Of course, if any of you are interested in any of the texts, please contact me privately; I would be glad to share.

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You can find excellent records of sea shanties here. If you want to discuss this book or share your opinion you can do it in my Facebook forum here, or below post in the comment section.

Related to The Shell Book Of Sea Chanties

Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters (1914)

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Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters (1914)

Shanties And Forebitters

Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters is a collection of eight songs. The short introduction contains some interesting information, it is interesting, for example, that some of the sentences from this description sound identical (almost word for word) to the part of the introduction to one of R. R. Terry’s collections, written several years later. Noticible, is that this book is the first place where we can find the word “forebitter”. For Polish fans of shanties and “forebitters”, there are the original lyrics for the song “Chinese Sailor” sung by one of the two most popular shanty bands in Poland, the Old Bells.

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Related to Clifford Beckett – Shanties And Forebitters

Robert C Adams – On Board The Rocket (1879)

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Harpers Monthly Magazine (1882)

S. Taylor Harris – Six Sea Shanties (1925)

S. Taylor Harris – Six Sea Shanties

The full name of the S. Taylor Harris – Six Sea Shanties is: “Six sea shanties music / collected from the singing of SM Woodward and edited by AW Whitehead and S. Taylor Harris; and arranged for solo, unison chorus and pianoforte by S. Taylor Harris; with a foreword by John Goss “. It’s amazing how much we can learn even from the title itself, about this very rare and hard-to-get position. So we have the name of the shantymen, Mr. S. M. Woodward, we have the author, and the type of instrument for which the score was arranged.
Returning to the item, it contains six shanties, along with sheet music.

The introduction of Taylor Harris – Six Sea Shanties front page is also full of information that may be useful. It is worth mentioning that this item is (or should be) especially valuable for Polish shanty lovers, because here for the first time appeared in print, a really well-known and popular shanty “hullabaloo-balay”, Polish title ” halabaluby lej “. The copy I have was the last copy available in the entire virtual world. Finally, I would like to add, what I have already done in several of my previous reviews, that I am ready to share selected fragments or shanties placed inside for those who wish (If so, please contact me on the messenger).

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Robert C Adams – On Board The Rocket

Robert C. Adams – On Board The Rocket is really precious for shanty lovers, aside from on great description of real-life on a sailing ship, from an officer’s perspective, contains one of the oldest collections of shanties. Robert C. Adams – On Board is one of the must-haves for anyone who wants seriously gain real knowledge about life on board, and shanties. One of the curiosities is the text of the shanties “Tommy’s Gone To Hilo”, apparently, this book is proof that the title “Hilo” is out of the question, and the original title is “Tommy’s Gone, A High Low”.

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Related to Robert C. Adams – On Board The Rocket

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