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The Ballad of John Axon (Remastered)


Download links and information about The Ballad of John Axon (Remastered) by Charlie Parker, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl. This album was released in 1965 and it belongs to World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Celtic genres. It contains 13 tracks with total duration of 58:06 minutes.

Artist: Charlie Parker, Peggy Seeger, Ewan MacColl
Release date: 1965
Genre: World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist, Contemporary Folk, Celtic
Tracks: 13
Duration: 58:06
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No. Title Length
1. John Axon Was a Railway Man 3:22
2. It Was 4 a.m. That Saturday 1:55
3. The Iron Road Is a Hard Road 9:52
4. It Doesn't Matter Where You Come from 5:55
5. The Rain Was Gently Falling 2:14
6. Come All You British Loco Men 3:38
7. The Repair Was Done 3:14
8. I May Be a Wage Slave On Monday 4:27
9. Come All You Young Maidens 2:39
10. Steam Train, Steam Train 3:53
11. Under the Large Injector Steam-Valve 3:17
12. The Engine Had Reached the Distant Signal 11:36
13. On the 3rd of May 1957 2:04



The very first of the MacColl/Parker/Seeger radio ballads for the BBC, commemorating both a railwayman who died trying to stop his runaway train, and British railwaymen in general. The production itself more or less required them to invent their techniques on the fly — there was originally no intention of using the field recordings as they were, nor was there any particular intent of using folk ballad musical forms, and so down the line to the post-production phase, which saw Charles Parker coming up with entirely news ways of approaching the art of tape editing and creation audio montages. The later radio ballads would take a more formal approach, which allowed for an easier time in creating the programs, as well as improved flexibility in how they approached them (as with reducing the complexity of the structure, as happened with The Body Blow). The Ballad of John Axon is quite a bit more rough and ready than the later shows, but this is, fortunately, in keeping with the underlying subject — the guts and pain of the Iron Way, rather than the glory and romance of trains. This is a compelling, brilliant production, influential on both radio and television documentaries at least in terms of its application of actuality and montage. Not to be missed. ~ Steven E. McDonald, Rovi