The Hard and the Easy

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The Hard and The Easy
Album Cover-The Hard And The Easy.jpg
Studio album by Great Big Sea
Released 2005 (Canada)
Genre Folk
Length 41:22
Label Warner Music Canada
Producer Alan Doyle, Sean McCann & Bob Hallett
Great Big Sea chronology
Something Beautiful*
(2004)
The Hard and The Easy
(2005)
Fortune's Favour
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]

The Hard and The Easy is the seventh studio album by Great Big Sea. It was released on October 11, 2005 in Canada and October 25, 2005 in the US. It reached gold status by October 25, 2005.

The album is a compilation of traditional Newfoundland songs, many of which were collected together in the Gerald S. Doyle song books. Its title is derived from a line in the folk song "Tickle Cove Pond", which appears as the closing track on the album.

The album was nominated for Roots & Traditional Album of the Year by a group at the 2006 Juno Awards.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Come And I Will Sing You (The Twelve Apostles)" (Traditional, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 3:42
  2. "Old Polina" (Traditional, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 2:40
  3. "The River Driver" (Traditional, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 3:03
  4. "The Mermaid" (Phil Hillier, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 2:49
  5. "Captain Kidd" (Traditional, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 2:51
  6. "Graceful & Charming (Sweet Forget Me Not)" (Bobby Newcome, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 4:18
  7. "Concerning Charlie Horse" (Omar Blondahl) 3:13
  8. "Harbour LeCou" (Traditional, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 3:33
  9. "Tishialuk Girls Set (Father's Jig / Buffet Double / Tishialuk Girls)" (Baxter Wareham, Rufus Guinchard, Charlie Lloyd) 3:27
  10. "French Shore" (Lem Snow) 3:48
  11. "Cod Liver Oil" (Johnny Burke, Arranged Alan Doyle, Séan McCann, Bob Hallett) 2:57
  12. "Tickle Cove Pond" (Mark Walker) 5:01

Song information[edit]

  • "Come and I Will Sing You" is a variation on a song that has been around since early Islamic times. It is similar to the version known as "Green Grow the Rushes, O."
  • "Graceful & Charming (Sweet Forget Me Not)" was actually composed by Bobby Newcome of Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1877.[2]

Additional information[edit]

The album offered through iTunes came with a digital copy of the booklet. In addition, a live version of "The Old Black Rum" was offered to those who signed up for the pre-order.

The CD version of the album came with a bonus DVD featuring back-stories, commentary and informal performances of many of the album tracks.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "The Broadside". nlfolk.com.  Retrieved October 21, 2007

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