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Penguin Eggs
Nic Jones
Penguin Eggs
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
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Limited 200gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1980 album from the British Folk singer. Often cited as one of the greatest Folk albums ever made, Penguin Eggs was originally released to critical acclaim. Its stature has grown ove...  more »


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All Artists: Nic Jones
Title: Penguin Eggs
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Shanachie
Release Date: 5/1/1994
Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: British & Celtic Folk, Contemporary Folk, Celtic, Europe, British Isles
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 016351799029


Album Description
Limited 200gm vinyl LP pressing of this 1980 album from the British Folk singer. Often cited as one of the greatest Folk albums ever made, Penguin Eggs was originally released to critical acclaim. Its stature has grown over time and influenced many of the highest-profile young Folk artists working today. It was named in The Observer's top 100 albums of all time, and no less a figure than Bob Dylan was drawn to its acoustic delights to record a cover version of the opening track, 'Canadee-i-o'.

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The finest folk musician and singer England ever produced.
Penguin Egg | London, England | 03/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Nic Jones is one of the finest folk musicians and singers that England has ever produced. His lyrical style of singing and his percussive and rhythmic guitar playing has been wildly imitated but never equalled. "Penguin Eggs" is widely regarded as his best album, although "The Noah's Ark Trap", long since deleted, is equally as good. "Penguin Eggs" consists of traditional English folk songs, and what tremendous songs they are. Each song tells a story and due to the skill of these forgotten songwriters, each song is a minor masterpiece of story telling. There are the usual stories one finds in folk music: cross-dressing on a sailing ship; having your money and clothes stolen by a prostitute while on shore leave; the perils of hunting whales on the high seas; and the usual spate of jealous murders. The quality of the lyric writing is masterly, the tunes strong and melodic, and the arrangements clear and uncluttered. Despite the car accident that finished his playing for good in 1982, he remains one of the most famous folk artists in England today. This is despite the fact that most of his recordings are not available to the public. He recorded four albums for Bill and Helen Leader's Trailer label: "Ballads and Songs", "Nic Jones", "From a Devil to a Stranger", and "The Noah's Ark Trap." These should have been all released on CD and made available for the music buying public by the present owner of the recordings. Yet, for reasons unfathomable, the owners are sitting on the master tapes. Only "Penguin Eggs" is available. This is a disgrace and should be rectified immediately. Until then, get this CD if you like English folk music, because you don't get much better than Nic Jones."
One of the best albums ever recorded.
Joe Sixpack -- | Middle America | 10/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A wonderfully evocative collection of nine traditional and neo-traditional tunes: revamped sea shanties, gothically bleak tales of doomed and drowned lovers, raunchy tavern humor, and -- above all -- the intensely soulful guitar and vocals of Nic Jones. Jones is one of England's most elusive folkies, in part because of an auto accident that sidelined his career, and also because his early work on the Trailer label is all, perversely, still out of print... This album is his masterpiece, filled with extraordinary material and picture-perfect melodic and dramatic delivery. Includes his version of "Canadee-I-O", which caused a stir in the folk-rock world when Bob Dylan recorded a version which used Jones' arrangement without giving credit (or money) to Jones... Bob caught flak from all sides for ripping off the beloved Jones... but besides all that, it's a great song, revisiting the popular theme of a woman who disguises herself as a sailor in order to follow her own true love when he goes out to sea. Great record... a real must-have."
Re-release of a classic | 06/29/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Kate Rusby describes him as being only second to her father in his influence on her work. His influence can be heard in Eliza Carthy's fiddling. He hasn't performed in public since 1982, and his stuff is devilishly hard to find. I first bought this album in 1983. The vinyl copy I've had all these years is now filled with scratches and pops when I listen to it. But I haven't been able to replace it till now, and that's been a pity.If you know Nic Jones' work, I'm preaching to the choir, because you've already got this cd. If you don't, you should. Penguin Eggs was the last recording Jones made before the traffic accident that ended his career in 1982. It's good. It's better than good. It captures his loving approach to traditional material - I get goosebumps even now, every time I hear "Flandyke Shore" - and introduces some then-contemporary stuff as well (Farewell To The Gold). It may not be as good as The Noah's Ark Trap, but it's very, very close. It's also available."