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Posted By: The Borchester Echo
02-May-04 - 03:33 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Warlike Lads of Russia
Nic Jones writes in the notes to Unearthed how broadsides gave him freedom to compose around the text.. He had discovered a fragment described on the broadsheet as 'A new song - Buonaparte's escape from Russia' to which he added extra words, wrote a tune and called it 'The Warlike Lads of Russia'. This first appeared, as already mentioned, on a Folk Review compilation available only to new subscribers.

As Malcolm has pointed out, all subsequent recordings derive from Nic's version and ought, therefore, to be accredited at the very least as 'trad arr Nic Jones'.