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Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 2: Anthems, Work Songs and Ballads

Various Artists
Music of the Bahamas, Vol. 2: Anthems, Work Songs and Ballads

When reading Samuel Charters’ saga of his search for Frederick McQueen, one gets the sense that he is chasing a ghost on the Bahamas’ largest island of Andros - coincidentally known for its mysticism and unearthly objects. What Charters discovers, however, is one of the country’s greatest ballad singers and in the process recorded several examples of the dying art of Bahamian three-part contrapuntal singing, as on “Pytoria (Run, Come See Jerusalem)” or “A Great Day is Coming”.

Track Listing

101
Dig My Grave Both Long and Narrow John Roberts, H. Brown, and Charles Wallace 1:37
102
Depend on Me John Roberts, H. Brown, and Charles Wallace 1:57
103
Take Your Burden To the Lord and Leave It There John Roberts, H. Brown, and Charles Wallace 3:43
104
Service at St. Stephens Anglican Church St. Stephens Anglican Church (Bahamas) 3:02
105
A Wake Residents of the settlement of Fresh Creek, Andros 3:19
106
Jesus Will Be Your Friend Frederick McQueen 2:29
107
A Great Day is Coming Frederick McQueen 4:08
201
Long Summer Days Frederick McQueen 1:56
202
Young Gal, Swing Your Tail John Roberts 2:26
203
Pytoria (Run, Come See Jerusalem) John Roberts, H. Brown, and Charles Wallace 4:52
204
Curry Camp Burned Down Frederick McQueen 3:14
205
Cecil Gone in the Time of Storm Frederick McQueen 5:21

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