Thursday, 11 October 2007

The long harvest reissued

Thanks to FOAOTMAD for the news that The long harvest, a ten-album set of ballads recorded in the 1960s by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger, has been reissued on CD after being out of print for thirty years.

Each disc has three or four Child ballads, each of which is represented by four or five versions ranging from older to newer texts. The purpose is to show how ballads travelled from Europe to the USA, and what became of them in the process. Many of the newer texts are truncated, humorous, or reduced to children's songs.

The reissue set consists of Volumes 1-10 of the ballads and an eleventh CD of the original notes in PDF form. The sets cannot be broken up and sold as individual CDs. The full set costs $110 (p&p incl.) in the USA and is not directly available elsewhere at present. It can be obtained in Europe for $125 (p&p incl.), through the address available from FOAOTMAD by e-mail.