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Sydney Carter

Sydney Carter


Putting Out The Dustbin
Sheila Hancock & Sydney Carter
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  • Putting Out The Dustbin
    • 1962 – Transatlantic TRA 106 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Coming Down From Aldermaston
    2. My Last Cigarette — Sheila Hancock
    3. My Father Was A Cupid — Sydney Carter
    4. Landlord And Tenant — Sheila Hancock
    5. Blow The World To Kingdom Come
    6. Mixed Up Old Man — Sydney Carter
    7. Gentlemen Preferred — Sheila Hancock
  • Side Two
    1. Waiting For The Film To Come — Sheila Hancock
    2. Putting Out The Dustbin — Sydney Carter
    3. Watch 'Em Nell — Sheila Hancock
    4. Put The Moon In The Dustbin — Sheila Hancock
    5. My Mum Was A Woman — Sydney Carter
    6. Better Take A Book To Bed
    7. Socialism In Our Time — Sydney Carter
    8. When I Was On The Jury

  • Musicians
    • Sheila Hancock & Sydney Carter: Vocals
    • Stephen J. Sedley: Guitar, Lute
    • Ralph Trainer: Guitar, Banjo, Recorder
    • Roger Hellyer: Bassoon
  • Credits
    • Produced by Nathan Joseph
    • Recorded by Bill Leader

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Lord Of The Dance — Carols & Ballads
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  • Lord Of The Dance — Carols & Ballads
    • 1966 – Elektra EPK-801 EP

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  • Side One
    1. Lord of the Dance (Words by Sydney Carter, Tune Trad.)
    2. Bitter Was the Night (Carter)
    3. Friday Morning (Carter)
  • Side Two
    1. The Devil Wore a Crucifix (Carter)
    2. Son of Man (Carter)
    3. George Fox (Carter)

  • Musicians
    • Sydney Carter: Vocals
    • accompanied by Martin Carthy: Guitar
    • and the JOHNNY SCOTT TRIO and the MIKE SAMMES SINGERS
  • Credits
    • Recorded May 6, 1966 at Sound Techniques Studio
    • Producer: Joe Boyd
    • Sound Engineer: John Wood
    • Recorded May 6, 1966 at Sound Techniques Studio
    • Mastering: Qualiton Records (Wales) Ltd.
    • Cover Photo: John Hopkins
    • Cover Design: William S. Harvey
    • © 1966 Elektra Records (U.K.) Ltd.
    • The words and tunes are printed in NINE CAROLS OR BALLADS, except for "Son of Man" which is in TEN NEW SONGS; both available from Clarion Photographic Services, 21 Greek, Street, London W.1.
    • ELEKTRA RECORDS (U.K.) LTD. 7 POLAND STREET, LONDON. W.1. ENGLAND

Sleeve Notes

Christ is often pictured as a shepherd or a king: in Lord of the Dance he is a dancer. No precedent is needed but in fact there is one, a carol called Tomorrow is my Dancing Day, which may be 17th century or earlier. It is printed in The Oxford Book of Carols. The tune of Lord of the Dance is a Shaker melody. The Shakers were a sect founded in Lancashire (1747). They flourished most in the United States and made use of dancing in their worship. Some of the words and music which they used are printed in The Gift to be Simple, by E. D. Andrews (Dover Publications, New York). They also made furniture of Quaker-like simplicity, much admired by designers of today.

Bitter Was the Night is about St. Peter, or about anyone who finds himself in the position of St. Peter. Friday Morning is about the Crucifixion, seen from the viewpoint of a thief who was crucified with Christ. Which thief, the good one or the bad? It does not matter much. It could he anyone, crucified for any thing (or nothing). Son of Man explains itself; so should The Devil wore a Crucifix. George Fox is about the founder of the Quakers, born in 1624. He really did wear leather breeches and was told on one occasion, if not more, that he ought to have his hair cut. Quakers were accused of being pro-Catholic, of blasphemy, of atheism. By their doctrine of "the Inner Light" they outraged authority, both Royalist and Puritan. In England thousands were imprisoned, Fox included. In New England they were treated even worse. Quakers are now accepted, but their views are not. (Ask a Quaker what he thinks about Vietnam). The chorus of George Fox is based upon the tune of a Morris Dance. Monk's March. George Fox may have known it for the Monk in question was General Monk, who brought Charles II back to England. The songs of Sydney Carter are sung in folk song clubs, on television and (occasionally) in a church. They have been recorded by singers as various as Pete Seeger, Sheila Hancock, Donald Swann and Nadia Cattouse. Those who know him by My Last Cigarette or Down Below may wonder if the Sydney Carter on this record is the same. The sewers of London seem a long way from the Crucifixion.

"But they are part of the same reality", he says. "For me there is only one reality, and that is what I sing about. I was brought up as a Christian. I could not believe half the things I was supposed to. But there is a dancing, singing quality in the words and acts of Jesus, as reported in the Bible, which does not depend on whether they are historically true or not. They may be, but you cannot tell without a Time Machine to take you back 2,000 years. 'By their fruits ye shall know them', Jesus said. There is no other way to test the truth of Christianity.

"If to be a Christian is to believe that all the New Testament (let alone the Old) is literally true, I am not a Christian. Once I did try to believe this. Now, I do not worry. To the dancing and the singing part of me, the words of Jesus still ring true. On the rare occasions when they do not, I am ready to believe that they were mis-reported. I cannot believe that the writers of the Bible were miraculously saved from ever making a mistake.

"But if they can be mistaken, so can I: and so I keep on trying to make sense of what they wrote. One way that I do it is by writing songs; for when you write about anything as truthfully as you are able, you will often come to see what you could not see before."

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Sydney Carter & Jeremy Taylor At Eton
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  • Sydney Carter & Jeremy Taylor At Eton
    • 1967 – Fontana TL 5418 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Mixed Up Old Man (Sydney Carter)
    2. Say Who You Are, Love (Sydney Carter)
    3. Lift Girl's Lament (Jeremy Taylor)
    4. Huberta (A True Story: Details Culled From The Library Of The Johannesburg Sunday Times) (Jeremy Taylor)
    5. My Mum Was A Woman (Sydney Carter)
    6. Dear Auntie Vera (Jeremy Taylor)
    7. Silver In The Stubble (Sydney Carter)
    8. Putting Out The Dustbin (Sydney Carter)
    9. Glass Of Water (Sydney Carter)
  • Side Two
    1. White Buck Of Epping (Sydney Carter)
    2. Nasty Spider (Jeremy Taylor)
    3. Down Below (Sydney Carter)
    4. Northern Side Of Town (Jeremy Taylor)
    5. Standing In The Rain (Sydney Carter)
    6. British Museum Waltz (Sydney Carter)
    7. Belle Of Barnstaple (Jeremy Taylor)
    8. Man With A Microphone (Sydney Carter)
    9. The Eton Boating Song (Cory/Drummond/Wodehouse)

  • Musicians
    • Sydney Carter: Vocals [Tracks: 1-2, 5, 7-10, 12, 14-15, 17-18]
    • Jeremy Taylor: Vocals [Tracks: 3-4, 6, 11, 13, 16, 18], Guitar
    • Martin Carthy: Guitar
  • Credits
    • Live at Eton Art School

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And Now It Is So Early
Bob and Carole Pegg with Sydney Carter
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  • And Now It Is So Early
    • 1972 – Galliard GAL 4017 LP

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  • Side One
    1. Come, Love, Carrolling
    2. Run The Film Backwards
    3. Glass Of Water
    4. Last Exit To Brooklyn
    5. Up At The House Of Cecil Sharp
    6. Port Mahon
  • Side Two
    1. Shake And Shiver
    2. The Holy Horses
    3. Judas And Mary
    4. Friday Morning
    5. Doctor Spock
    6. The Candlelight
    7. George Fox

  • Musicians
    • Sydney Carter: Vocals
    • Bob Pegg: Vocals, Guitars, Recorders, Whistles, Melodeon, Percussion
    • Carole Pegg: Vocals, Fiddle, Percussion
  • Credits
    • Recorded by Alan Tomkins, Nic Kinsey
    • Recorded at Livingstone Studios, New Barnet
    • All tracks written by Sydney Carter

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Lovely In The Dances (Songs of Sydney Carter)
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  • Lovely In The Dances (Songs of Sydney Carter)
    • 1981 – Plant Life PLR032 LP

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  • Side One
    1. George Fox
    2. Julian Of Norwich
    3. Carol Of The Creatures
    4. Holy Horses
    5. Like The Snow
    6. Friday Morning
  • Side Two
    1. Lord Of The Dances
    2. The Cocks Are Crowing
    3. John Ball
    4. The First Of My Lovers
    5. Bitter Was The Night
    6. Come, Love, Carolling
    7. I Used To Dance
    8. I Come Like A Beggar

  • Musicians
    • Shusha: Vocals [Tracks: 2, 5, 8, 12]
    • Maddy Prior: Vocalss [Tracks: 3, 7, 10, 13]
    • Melanie Harrold: Vocalss [Tracks: 4, 12]
    • John Kirkpatrick: Vocalss [Tracks: 1, 3, 9, 11], Melodeon, Concertina
    • Robert Johnson: Vocalss [Tracks: 6, 11], Electric Guitar
    • Sydney Carter: Vocals [Track: 14], Percussion
    • Gerald Claridge: Acoustic Bass
    • John O' Connor: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
    • Rick Kemp: Bass Guitar
    • Phil Milner: Bass Guitar
    • Janet Wright: Cello
    • Nigel Pegrum: Drums, Percussion, Flute
    • Jack Hunt: Flute, Saxophone
    • Gary Mitchell: Percussion
    • Vince Cross: Piano, Keyboards, Vocals
    • Chris Yates: Viola
    • John Shayler: Violin
    • Ian Smith: Violin
    • Peter Knight: Violin
  • Credits
    • Producer: Nigel Pegrum
    • Recorded at Pace Studios, Milton Keynes, July/August 1981.
    • All tracks written by Sydney Carter
    • All compositions published by Stainer & Bell
    • Mastered at EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London
    • Mastering Engineer: Nick Webb

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