Thursday, March 31, 2011

Sicily in Music and Song - James McNeish 1960 recordings

Sicily in Music and Song
recordings from 1960 by James McNeish
Argo DA 30 - P.1965

Side A

A1 Tarantella (Catania province) 1'50
A2 La vò - Lullaby (Catania) 2'52
A3 Stornello (Catania province) 2'37
A4 Tarantellina (Enna province) 0'32
A5 C'era 'na volta (Trapani) 0'58
A6 Ballad of Giuliano 3'53
A7 Dungeon Song (Palermo) 2'18
A8 Lullaby (Trapani province) 2'05
A9 La nova moda di li fimmini 2'08
A10 Easter wailing (Caltanissetta) 3'02
A11 Romance (Catania province) 1'31

Side B

B12 Ballad of Turiddu Carnevale (Palermo province) 1'38
B13 Pastoral (Agrigento province) 2'18
B14 Tarantella (Ragusa province) 1'51
B15 Sonnu Sonnuzu (Caltanissetta province) 1'50
B16 Stornello (Enna province) 2'54
B17 Prayer song (Palermo province) 0'45
B18 Mazurka (Ragusa province) 1'31
B19 Nennia (Enna) 2'12
B20 Drum sonata (Agrigento province) 2'33
B21 Stornello a botte (Enna province) 2'25
B22 Scialoma (Trapani province) 1'18

Here is another of the James McNeish field recordings full of good music and atmosphere. I think that some tracks on this record are very precious in deed. I like the big variation covering many different styles and traditions, only thing that is sad is that so many tracks are so short. That does not make the record less important it only makes you want to hear more. I think the Easter wailing track, the Pastorale and the Prayer song are wonderful glimpses allowing a real time travel. The Tarantellina with the jews harp and the Nennia is also very good listening.

Hope you enjoy this one! I will post another one of his recordings with music from Greece, but a little later. Too much other music waiting in line... We will see what comes first, and maybe someone else has some more of the McNeish recordings they could pass along to me so I could put them together with the others...


Gadaya said...

I have also this lp and it's a great one...

bolingo69 said...

Hello there Gadaya! Indeed it is a very nice one! I like it very much... Nice of you to fall by these waters and thank you very much for your recent Deben posts! I am still listening ;-)

Anonymous said...

I've been quietly enjoying your posts for over a year now. This was a wonderful record and it took me back to the time I travelled in Sicily in 68-69. Thanks for all you've done in the past, and for what I'm sure you'll continue to do Mr.bolingo!


bamsalakadi said...

That wailing song is exceptional, brings to mind so many different things.

Thanks sir bolingo, as always!

Janas said...

Very interesting album, many thanks again Bolingo!

øשlqæda said...

thx as owlwaze

Anonymous said...

i have a disc lp sicily in music and song, zfb71
i’m italian and live in sicily, Enna , Assoro.

If you’re interested send me e-mail.

Anonymous said...

404 not found.... rapidshare removed it :-(

Tanuki said...

Hi Mr Bolingo! Thanks for your great work here.
I'm very interested by this lp but I can't find it anywhere. Could you please reupload it?
Thanks in advance.