Black-edged Visiting Card (1993)
Recorded in the fall of '92 and released January '93, this was
the first Broadside Electric album. Includes the original
folk-metal version of "Mosé Salió
de Misrayim," the rich vocals of "Henry Martin"
and "The Six Questions," and the runaway reels of "40
lbs. of Yarn." Available on CD (CS 1701D) and chrome cassette (CS 1701C).
|1. New York Girls/Yoshke/Sailor's Hornpipe 5:57
A coming-of-age drama in which a young British sailor hears Klezmer music for the first time while being robbed in New York. A mainstay of our live set since the band's formation.
|2. Drive the Cold Winter Away/Wild Mountain Thyme 6:25
One of the many thinly disguised folk songs about outdoor sex. Melissa had attributed the herbal setting to poetic license until she wound up in a field of it
in Medusa, New York. "Cold Winter" is in Playford, but we found it on the excellent Horslips record of the same name.
|3. Skewball 3:47
This Irish version of the legendary racehorse's story has him talking and raising his glass to the opposition. (Mr. Ed was never like this!) We learned this from a Steeleye Span album.
|4. 40 lbs. of Yarn (reels): Sligo Maid/Growling Old Man and Cackling Old Woman/Red-Haired Boy/Kitchen Girl/Drowsy Maggie 5:33
These are some of Helene's favorite reels (comprising, you will note, a family of six). Some will recall "Red-Haired Boy" and "Kitchen Girl" from our arrangement of "Little Beggar Man."
|5. Mosé Salió de Misrayim 4:18
A Sephardic Jewish song from Morocco. The lyric is in Ladino (a medieval Spanish written with the Hebrew alphabet) and Hebrew. This is our arrangement of the
version by Voice of the Turtle, a wonderful Boston group who specialize in the music of the Jews exiled from Spain in 1492.
|6. Henry Martin 5:54
Another coming-of-age tale; here, the youngest child is bullied into committing
crimes for his brothers. But for the fact that most everybody dies horribly, this could be an after-school special. One of Tom's favorite ballads, learned in
the womb from a Joan Baez record.
|7. False Sir John/La Rotta 5:26
Our version of Child #4, in which a murderous seducer receives his lethal comeuppance. The tune and text are from Bronson, with a bit of editing. "La Rotta" is a 14th century Italian tune.
|8. The Six Questions 7:04
A song about two people who have no business getting romantically involved with
each other. As with "Sir John," this is from Child (#2), via Bronson.
All songs and tunes traditional, arranged by Broadside Electric.
|Melissa Demian:||lead and backing vocals, Appalachian dulcimer|
|Tom Rhoads:||lead and backing vocals, guitars, piano, soprano recorder, harmonica|
|Jim Speer:||bass, clarinet, saxophone, alto recorder, synthesizer, backing vocals|
|Helene Zisook:||violin, viola, mandolin, backing vocals|
Recorded and mixed to DAT at Second Street Audio Production and Recording,
Philadelphia, PA, Oct.-Dec. 1992. Engineered by Larry Freedman; produced
by B.E. and Larry Freedman.
Digital assembly and editing by Ray Monahan at Digital Domain, Philadelphia, PA.
Disks and cassettes manufactured by American Helix, Lancaster, PA.
Special thanks to (in alphabetical order):
|Larry Freedman for getting it all on tape.|
|Rachel Hall for her part in founding Broadside
2½ years ago, and for "Kitchen Girl," "Growling Old Man," lots of art
and other good ideas.|
|Frances Rhoads for motivation and support, without which this record would never have existed.|
|Alan Rose for the loan of the 12-string guitar and Fender amp, for recommending Larry to us, and for freely loaning us his 4-track and lots of other gear, especially PA for our live shows; also for putting up with our rehearsing beneath his bedroom for two years!|
|David Schwartz for booking us over and over at the Red Raven, one of the most enjoyable places we've played.|
|Brownlow and Doris Speer for financial help with this project.|
Thanks also to (in no particular order):
B. H. Bronson's Traditional Tunes of the Child Ballads; Joanne at the
Mermaid (and Lou from the Open Circle); Sarah Smith for T-shirt art; Alan Rose;
Lori Lippitz of the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band for "Yoshke;" Rhoda Gena and
Gail Rundlett (Helene's and Melissa's teachers, respectively); Sam Williams
for photography; Alan Rose; Mike Agranoff and the Folk Project; Dan Riles
for sound, more photos and roadieing; Jeanne Braun; Philip Rhoads for
business cards; Alan Rose; Freud and Marx; Regina Gordon; Voice of the
Turtle; Andrea Cheng; and Alan Rose.
A final thank you to all who have turned out to see us play,
from December 8th, 1990 to the present.
© 1992 Clever Sheep Records