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Louis Killen: Discography — Anthologies
The Radio Ballads


The Big Hewer
A radio ballad about Britain's coal miners …
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  • The Big Hewer
    • 1967 - Argo RG 538 LP
    • 1971 - Argo DA 140 LP
    • 1999 - Topic TSCD804 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. When you hew a lump of coal
    2. Out of dirt and darkness I was born
    3. Schoolday's over, come on then, John
    4. Now don't be late
    5. You're at the pit bank
    6. Oh dear, the experience to go down the pit
    7. When I am down in the pit
    8. So now you know the coal how it is got
    9. Jimmy, come back, come back
    10. Yes … he was working next to me
    11. And yet it's good to come from the pit
    12. Three hundred years I hewed at the coal by hand
    13. Down in the dark
    14. In Durham and Northumberland, I'm sorry for to say
    15. A miner has to possess that sense of humour
    16. Coal is a thing that's cost life to get
    17. Today, safety is the prime factor
    18. Deep down in a man's heart

  • Instrumentalists
    • Jim Bray: Double Bass
    • Brian Daly: Guitar
    • Alf Edwards: Concertina, Ocarina & Trombone
    • Alfie Kahn: Tin Whistle, Harmonica, Clarinet
    • Peggy Seeger: Guitar & 5-string Banjo
  • Named Speakers
    • Ben Davies, Evan Williams, Dick Beamish, Ernest Black, Jack Elliott, Rees Elliott, Johnny (Handle) Pandrich, Mr. Earl, Mr. P Weekes, Mr. J Williams, Mrs. Thomas, Mrs. Crowther, Dr. D. (Doc) Thomas & Mr. Baker
  • Credits
    • A Radio Ballad by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger & Charles Parker
    • Recorded in association with BBC Enterprises
    • First Broadcast: August 18, 1961, repeated January 24, 1962
    • Script, song lyrics and music: Ewan MacColl
    • Orchestration and music direction: Peggy Seeger
    • Production: Charles Parker
    • Actuality recording: Ewan MacColl, Charles Parker and Peggy Seeger
    • Technical direction: John Clarke

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On the Edge
A radio-ballad about teenagers in England and Scotland …
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  • On the Edge
    • 1971 - Argo DA 136 LP
    • 1999 - Topic TSCD806 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. I've always kept a diary
    2. The tale of the children of a troubled world
    3. What is it like, the world outside
    4. I find it very difficult to talk to my parents
    5. Where is the child who would climb on my knee
    6. Yes sir, no sir, goodbye
    7. What have you got to worry about?
    8. I got me tight black jeans
    9. The world that I know, it has vanished and gone
    10. I've had thoughts
    11. Why should you be lonely
    12. It actually gives me a thrill
    13. Frankly, the idea of intercourse and sex revolts me
    14. I think we should be getting married
    15. In a world like this, everything changes so rapidly
    16. The tale of the children of the troubled world
    17. Life has got everything to offer

  • Musicians
    • Jim Bray: double bass
    • Brian Daly: acoustic and electric guitar
    • Alf Edwards: English concertina
    • Ronnie Hughes: trumpet
    • Alfie Kahn: harmonica, clarinet, piccolo, flute
    • Peggy Seeger: autoharp, guitar, 5-string banjo, mountain dulcimer
  • Named Speakers
    • Dot Dobbie, Constance Beaby, John Gavin, John Pardoe, Anne Nielsen, Ann Tanner & Mai Alman
  • Credits
    • A Radio Ballad by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger & Charles Parker
    • BBC Home Service, first broadcast February 13, 1963
    • Script, song lyrics and music: Ewan MacColl with Peggy Seeger
    • Orchestration and music direction: Peggy Seeger
    • Production: Charles Parker
    • Actuality recording: Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger with Charles Parker

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Song of a Road
A radio-ballad about the building of the M1 motorway …
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  • Song of a Road
    • 1999 - Topic TSCD802 CD

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  • Track List:
    1. Introduction
    2. We usually finish the shift in the pub
    3. I think it's the soil
    4. We are the consulting engineers
    5. We were in a great rush when we did this
    6. My name is
    7. During that time, a survey has been made
    8. It would take quite a lot of men to do the job of one of those machines
    9. Come all you gallant drivers
    10. I'm a roving rambler
    11. Deep and straight and low
    12. Sixty tons of steel
    13. What made you come into this game?
    14. Just a road
    15. Oh well that's just the way it is
    16. When the muck has all been shifted
    17. Bring up your black squad
    18. Been on the road so long
    19. You can talk about your concrete
    20. The motorway is on the final lap
    21. We needed a way cut through the land

  • Musicians
    • John Armitage: Drums
    • Jim Bray: Double Bass
    • John Chilton: Trumpet
    • Fitzroy Coleman: Guitar
    • Alf Edwards: English Concertina, Ocarina
    • Jimmie Macgregor: Guitar
      Francis McPeake: Uileann Pipes
    • Bobby Mickleburgh: Trombone
    • Peggy Seeger: Autoharp, 5-string Banjo
    • Bruce Turner: Clarinet
  • Credits
    • BBC Home Service, first broadcast November 5, 1959
    • Script: Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker
    • Song lyrics and music: Ewan MacColl
    • Orchestration and music direction: Peggy Seeger
    • Actuality recording: Ewan MacColl and Charles Parker
    • Production: Charles Parker

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