Shearwater (CD, Album). Shearwater (CD, Album, Pap). Strange Days Records.
Shearwater is an album by Martin Carthy, released in 1972 on the Pegasus label as PEG12. It was re-released on vinyl in 1973/74 by Mooncrest as CREST25. The album was re-issued on CD in 1995, by Mooncrest, as CRESTCD 008 and then again, in March 2005 by Castle Music, as CMQCD1096. All songs traditional. I Was a Young Man" (Roud 1572) – 2:46. Banks of Green Willow" (Roud 172; Child 24) – 4:31. Handsome Polly-O" (Roud 545) – 2:31. Outlandish Knight" (Roud 21; Child 4) – 5:25.
Martin Carthy cut this solo album in 1971, immediately after he exited Steeleye Span following two albums with them, Please to See the King and Ten Man Map. The material is very spare, featuring Carthy and his guitar alone (except on "Betsy Bell and Mary Gray," and where Steeleye Span alumnus Maddy Prior appears on vocals), or his voice alone, and his approach is very studied and deliberative here, as though reveling in the fact of singing and playing alone for the first time in several years.
Is Shearwater the best album by Martin Carthy? BestEverAlbums. com brings together thousands of 'greatest ever album' charts and calculates an overall ranking. This album At A Glance. Shearwater by Martin Carthy (1972) Overall rank: 15,907th. Accolades: Top albums of 1972 ( 226th ). Top albums of the 1970s ( 2,182nd ). Best albums of all time ( 15,907th ).
Martin Carthy recorded Shearwater in 1971, just after leaving Steeleye Span for the first time. His work with that band at the start of their career has just been reissued on Mooncrest's Please to See the King and Ten Man Mop or Mr Reservoir Butler Rides Again. Over a career which is now approaching 30 years, Martin Carthy has maintained a solo recording career alongside his work as a duo with both Dave Swarbrick and John Kirkpatrick, and in several bands, including Steeleye Span, the Albion Band and Brass Monkey
|1||I Was A Young Man|
|2||Banks Of Green Willow|
|5||He Called For A Candle|
|9||Famous Flower Of Serving Men|
|10||Betsy Bell And Mary Gray|
|PEG 12||Martin Carthy||Shearwater (LP, Album)||PEG||PEG 12||UK||1972|
|CAS 36210-2||Martin Carthy||Shearwater (CD, Album)||Castle Music||CAS 36210-2||US||2005|
|CRESTCD 008||Martin Carthy||Shearwater (CD, Album, RE)||Mooncrest, TWA Records||CRESTCD 008||UK||1991|
|CMQCD1096||Martin Carthy||Shearwater (CD, Album, RE)||Castle Music||CMQCD1096||UK||2005|
|Y8PEG 12||Martin Carthy||Shearwater (8-Trk, Album)||PEG||Y8PEG 12||UK||1972|