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Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys

Genre: Folk; Lead Performer: Various Artists; Producer (group): Anti-

There’s no ”yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum” here. But Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys, a two-CD set accompanying the Pirates of the Caribbean movie sequel is a revelatory folk-song collection with the sea in the leading role. Drawing traditional material from the British Isles, auteur-producer Hal Willner gathers stars and unknowns over 43 tracks that range from poignant laments (including a showstopper by Bono) to dirty sing-alongs (Loudon Wainwright III’s outrageous ”Good Ship Venus”), covering way more emotional territory than the film that occasioned them.

Originally posted August 18 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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