: Unless you're a fan of "Rocky", you're going to have fun trying to pick out
: the words, but here is a traditional sea chantey, sung by a fantastic German group.
: The production effects are the best I've ever seen. The harmonies are amazing. The
: song was first brought to my ears around age 8 years, by Dave, Bob, and Nick. The
: Trio's version still carries the punch for three singers, but this is great.
: "Santy Anno"
A fine and interesting version - great discovery. I'll probably add it to my article below.
I quietly celebrated the tenth anniversary of Comparative Video 101 on May 8. For the last 4 years or so, I've only published a couple of song article per year and have been more involved with creating and maintaining podcast articles, and I'm still working on upgrading the song articles so that the videos play per the notice that stands in the left hand margin of each article.
The blog started on May 8, 2008 with some remarks I published here on Xroads about several interestingly different interpretations of "Scotch and Soda" that I had found on YouTube. That post seemed to resonate with lots of Xroaders, so I did the same for "Tom Dooley," "A Worried Man," and "Early Morning Rain" in quick succession. Since we know that Xroads' Boardhost does not archive posts, in early July 2008 I took the seven existing posts from Xroads and created the actual blog on Blogspot.
For the next four years through the end of 2012, I averaged 40 articles per year, with 95% of those covering a song that had been recorded by the KT with some background and comments from me and then between four and twelve other versions of the song.
The earliest articles from 2008 were pretty simple. As I came to understand the potential of what I was doing, the articles became more substantial and reflective, and a host of the later ones even through last year have been picked up by newspapers, NPR, and a magazine or two. Additionally, the people who have commented from time to time is an impressive list of some of the folks who have appeared in the articles -Joe Frazier and Paul Prestopino of CMT, Billy Edd Wheeler, Steve Gillette, Oscar Brand, and Bob Shane from time to time, and more.
As of today, there are 231 published articles on the site, about 190 of those on individual songs, and about 175 of those on songs recorded by the Kingston Trio. My blog may never be enshrined in the Library of Congress, but in the digital age it is with Rick Daly's FolkUSA and Jerry Kergan's Kingston Trio Liner Notes the primary portal through which the 90% of our population under the age of 40 who seldom read books or newspapers will ever know anything of the Kingston Trio (I'll throw my Wikipedia effort on the KT into that mix as well).
Having said all that, I think my nearly 10-year-old piece on "Santy Anno" (published September 27, 2008) holds up pretty well, and all of the genuinely standard American versions of the song are in the article. That includes the one by the Clancys, which is the widest-known in the Anglophone world outside of the U.S., and the massive hit across Europe of France's Hugues Aufray, whose version is the likeliest source for the German group presented in Mainely's post.
Comparative Video 101 On "Santy Anno"