Sunday, 20 July 2014

Retro Vinyl Find: The Glorious Voice of Paul Robeson (Music For Pleasure MFP 1095, 1967)


Its a few years since I saw Tayo Aluko's excellent show on Paul Robeson entitled Call Mr Robeson at Newport's Riverfront Theatre, so I was quite pleased yesterday when rummaging through a box of 20p charity shop vinyl that I found The Glorious Voice of Paul Robeson on MFP from 1967.

The Glorious Voice of Paul Robeson (MFP 1095) features 12 songs and spirituals recorded between 1931 and 1939 as well as sleeve notes written by Roger St Pierre.

As usual with these early MFP albums a lot of time and effort appears to have gone into putting them together as well as presenting well informed sleeve notes.

Given the time period of the recordings, this release features recordings in mono, songs included feature At Dawning, Rockin' Chair, The Cobbler's Song and Lazy Bones.

The Glorious Voice of Paul Robeson would later be reissued by MFP in the 1970s (MFP 50332)

The Glorious Voice Of Paul Robeson 
(MFP 1095, Mono, 1967)

Side One

  1. At Dawning
  2. Rockin' Chair
  3. Mammy's Little Kinky Headed Boy
  4. The Banjo Song
  5. An Eriskay Love Lilt
  6. River Stay 'Way From My Door

Side Two

  1. The Cobbler's Song
  2. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
  3. Lazy Bones
  4. She Is Far From The Land
  5. Gloomy Sunday
  6. Honey (Dat's All)

Read on: Review of Calling Mr Robeson

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