The Originals - Prequel of the hits


All songs tracing back to an earlier recording than the most reliable one, represented from the first version released to the latest cover, that’s The Originals, musical resource database since 1982. No limit, no nonsense, no mercy. Next time your kids take ersatz for genuine, here’s what you hold up against them.
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RATCLIFFE HIGHWAY


Artist: Jim Baldry
Author: traditional
Label: Caedmon
Year: 1953

BBC recording released on lp Sailorman And Servingmaids (The Folksongs of Britain Vol 6) in '61. Roud #598. About an East London Highway in Stepney, infamous for a series of murders in 1811. It's on the traject of the London Marathon twice. Real Highway To Hell.

Covers:

1958:

Foc'sle Singers with Paul Clayton

1964:

Dubliners

1986:

Nikki Sudden

1986:

Roy Harris [with Martin Carthy]

Early 19th Century Ratcliffe Highway was known as the toughest thoroughfare of the East End. Three examples: Right in front of St-George-in-the-East church lived the first family massacred by John William, who became a serial killer the moment he repeated his bloody action ten days later a couple of blocks away. He got cought, lynched and showed around in triumf, on an open cart surrounded by his murder weapons and the wooden stake the mob would plunge through his chest the moment he was burried in unholy ground near the scene of his crimes.
Sevont quote, from Peter Ackroyd's book Hawksmoor: Here all corruption and infection had its centre. In Argell Rents, next the Ratcliffe Highway, was Mr. Barwick barbarously killed, his throat being cut, the right side of his head open'd and his skull broke. The murtherer was afterwards hang'd in chains near the place of his crime - thus it is call'd Red Cliff, or Ratcliffe, the hanging dock opposite my church where the bodies of the damned are washed by the water until they fall to bits from the effects of time.
And Thomas de Quincy in 1827 louded the Ratcliffe Highway murders as the most superb of the century by many degrees.

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The Originals - Prequel of the hits

This ongoing search for the origins of all popular songs imaginable has been bundled in books over the years, four in Dutch, all sold out. Now here's a first edition in English, and the good thing is: you don't need those old versions, for all information still standing and relevant from former editions is encapsulated into this new volume, like Russian babooshka puppets.

The Originals - Prequel of the Hits holds everything, no less. Pure content. Details the lifespan of some 12.000 music titles, all traced back to their earliest manifestation, predating hit version(s) and other relevant covers.

The new book is available at www.epo.be.

On the air


In February 1982 a two hour radio show was first aired from Brussels, with nothing but the original versions of hits of the day. Made for a change for Soft Cell's Tainted Love, Capt. Sensible's Happy Talk, Fun Boy Three & Bananarama's It Ain't What You Do and Sting's Spread A Little Happiness. Instead of sifting through average early eighties TOTP regulars, in came the mid sixties, late forties, thirties and even twenties, linking a Northern soul classic to a Rodgers & Hammerstein composition, a Jimmie Lunceford theme song and a West End showtune from musical Mr. Cinders.

That was only the beginning. Soon as The Originals' own bag o' goodies ran out, audience participation filled it up again and never stopped doing so. 582 separate The Originals radio shows followed, and counting.

Contact


If you noticed blunt omissions, mis-interpretations or even out-and-out errors, please let us know by contacting us:

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