Our follow up to “Skull & Magpies” with more adventures on the high seas. There are ska, tunes inspired by ska, celtic, cumbia, and cajun music, a song in French, a song in Irish and more.
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Wally Sound, Oakland, California. Analog, 2 inch tape, 16 track. Digital mixdown.
Cover design and layout Media Rare.
Cover and disc illustrations by illustrator and fine artist, Dale Horstman.
- Skullduggery — instrumental, picks up where the last tune on “Skull & Magpies” left off
- Shake Those Bones — Bones is another word for dice. Originally dice were made from a specific bone in the knee area of sheep called the talus. Shake those bones = cast dice. Shake those bones = dancing. No matter what Fate has in store for us we might as well take our chances and shake ’em and roll ’em while we can.
- La Chanson de Jean (Dark John’s Theme) — love ballad, Jean asks the elements to help him sail as fast as possible to his love.
- Cold Hearts Abound — keep a wary eye
- The Cards On the Table — cumbiasque
- Dead Men Don’t Need Gold — ryhthmic
- Teach Tábhairne Mhaillí Ní Dhuibh (Molly Black’s Tavern) — sung in Irish, mariners asking for rum at their favorite tavern, from their favorite tavern keeper, Molly Black
- Drunken Sailor’s Hornpipe — a mad-maggiefied version of a traditional hornpipe
- Making Way — easy-going ska
- Aye, Lassie (Oui, Ma Chérie) — fife and drum inspired, Louisana
Track 11 is a hidden track on this album. Mags asked Wally to fly free and touch his inner dub master on our version of “Drunken Sailor’s Hornpipe” which he did to great effect.