Yo Ho! A Pirates Life For Me...
Keith Richards, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and others record album of "pirate ballads"
A new album collection, entitled "Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys" will hit the shelves on February 19 as a 2-disc compilation. It is a collection of traditional sea-faring tunes, performed by some of rock's biggest names.
The first single will be the famous sailor's ballad "Shenandoah”, sung as a duet by Keith Richards and Tom Waits.
The record will be produced by Johnny Depp and Gore Verbinski, and features Waits, Richards, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, Patti Smith, Sean Lennon and many more. Depp also contributes vocals on several tracks.
The album is a follow up to Hal Willner’s 2006 production, "Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys.” The idea was first conceived when Willner worked with Depp and Verbinski on Pirates of the Caribbean: The Dead Man's Chest, in which Depp played pirate Captain Jack Sparrow.
"About a year ago I secretly thought we would never finish,” says Willner on the project. "As easy as volume 1 was to coordinate, this was the opposite, but it is a very different record than volume 1. This one seems...happier? Not as much about torture, sodomy and death, which will disappoint some but, we don’t need to repeat ourselves do we?”
Have a listen to "Shenandoah" below, where you will also find the complete track listing of "Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys".
01. Leaving of Liverpool (Shane MacGowan w/Johnny Depp & Gore Verbinski)
02. Sam’s Gone Away (Robyn Hitchcock)
03. River Come Down (Beth Orton)
04. Row Bullies Row (Sean Lennon w/Jack Shit)
05. Shenandoah (Tom Waits w/Keith Richards)
06. Mr. Stormalong (Ivan Neville)
07. Asshole Rules the Navy (Iggy Pop w/A Hawk and a Hacksaw)
08. Off to Sea Once More (Macy Gray)
09. The Ol’ OG (Ed Harcourt)
10. Pirate Jenny (Shilpa Ray w/Nick Cave & Warren Ellis)
11. The Mermaid (Patti Smith & Johnny Depp)
12. Anthem for Old Souls (Chuck E. Weiss)
13. Orange Claw Hammer (Ed Pastorini)
14. Sweet and Low (The Americans)
15. Ye Mariners All (Robin Holcomb & Jessica Kenny)
16. Tom’s Gone to Hilo (Gavin Friday and Shannon McNally)
17. Bear Away (Kenny Wollesen & The Himalayas Marching Band)
01. Handsome Cabin Boy (Frank Zappa & the Mothers of Invention)
02. Rio Grande (Michael Stipe & Courtney Love)
03. Ship in Distress (Marc Almond)
04. In Lure of the Tropics (Dr. John)
05. Rolling Down to Old Maui (Todd Rundgren)
06. Jack Tar on Shore (Dan Zanes w/Broken Social Scene)
07. Sally Racket (Sissy Bounce (Katey Red & Big Freedia) with Akron/Family)
08. Wild Goose (Broken Social Scene)
09. Flandyke Shore (Marianne Faithfull w/Kate & Anna McGarrigle)
10. The Chantey of Noah and his Ark (Old School Song) (Ricky Jay)
11. Whiskey Johnny (Michael Gira)
12. Sunshine Life for Me (Petra Haden w/Lenny Pickett)
13. Row the Boat Child (Jenni Muldaur)
14. General Taylor (Richard Thompson w/Jack Shit)
15. Marianne (Tim Robbins w/Matthew Sweet & Susanna Hoffs)
16. Barnacle Bill the Sailor (Kembra Phaler w/Antony/Joseph Arthur/Foetus)
17. Missus McGraw (Angelica Huston w/The Weisberg Strings)
18. The Dreadnought (Iggy Pop & Elegant Too)
19. Then Said the Captain to Me (Two Poems of the Sea) (Mary Margaret O’Hara)