Ballads of the Book

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Ballads of the Book
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Studio album by Various Artists
Released 5 March 2007
Genre Folk, rock
Label Chemikal Underground
Producer Paul Savage, Andy Miller

Ballads of the Book is a collaborative studio album, released on 5 March 2007, on Chemikal Underground. The project was curated by Idlewild lead vocalist Roddy Woomble, and features collaborations between Scottish musicians and Scottish writers. The album is considered a "joint effort" by all those involved. Ballads of the Book was produced at Chem19 studios by Paul Savage and Andy Miller.


The album's front cover was designed by Scottish author/artist Alasdair Gray, and painted by Richard Todd. The cover states that it is "for Edwin Morgan."

The album's liner notes include each of the poems in full.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Song For Irena" - Mike Heron & John Burnside
  2. "Steam Comes Off Our House" - De Rosa & Michel Faber
  3. "A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure" - James Yorkston & Bill Duncan
  4. "Dreamcatcher" - Foxface & Rody Gorman
  5. "A Sentimental Song" - Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray
  6. "The Sixth Stone" - Aidan Moffat & Ian Rankin
  7. "Girl" - Norman Blake & John Burnside
  8. "The Good Years" - Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan
  9. "The War On Love Song" - Sons and Daughters & A. L. Kennedy
  10. "The Leaving" - Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
  11. "Message In A Bottle" - Strike the Colours & Rody Gorman
  12. "If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me" - Aereogramme & Hal Duncan
  13. "The Rebel On His Own Tonight" - Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett
  14. "Half An Apple" - Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith
  15. "The Fire" - Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass
  16. "Where And When" - King Creosote & Laura Hird
  17. "Jesus On The Cross" - Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh
  18. "The Weight Of Years" - Idlewild & Edwin Morgan

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