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Thread #95097   Message #3291084
Posted By: Vic Smith
15-Jan-12 - 04:46 PM
Thread Name: Ewan MacColl's trousers
Subject: RE: Ewan MacColl's trousers
On a parallel thread, Jim Carroll writes:-
"I wouldn't wish to interrupt the high-level discussion about Ewan's trousers would be out of my depth among such scintillating intellect "

Well, it may be that we can take his comment at face value. However, I am reminded of something that Mike Yates wrote concerning Jim:-
In 1999, Topic Records asked me to write the notes to their forthcoming Walter Pardon CD - A World Without Horses (TSCD514). I had not been involved in the production of the album, nor had I chosen the songs that were to be included. The original producers, Jim Carroll and Pat MacKenzie, had originally hoped that Topic would issue a double CD using many of their recordings of Walter.   It seems that Topic felt that these later recordings failed to show Walter at his best and so Jim and Pat withdrew from the project, leaving Topic with a single CD that was without notes or documentation.

.... and being reminded of Jim Carroll's significant contribution to recording one of England's premier traditional singers allows me to mention a couple of Walter's songs:-

In Wake Up Johnny Walter sings :-
Wake up Johnny, wake up John
Wake up Johnny, put your trousers on
The clock strikes six, the morning is fine
This week we want to have a bit of overtime.

whilst in another song from his repertoire, Here's to the Grog, we get:-
I've got some good old trousers, boys, trousers boys, you see
Trousers you wear in cold weather
With the flies all out and the buttons flying about
It is done through the cold frosty weather.

So, although it could be that Jim lacks the intellectual capacity to follow "the high-level discussion" of this thread, I feel at liberty to suggest that the evidence in this post could suggest that he is trying a create a smoke screen around his deep involvement in this matter.