The Ship, a Contemporary Folk Music Journey  The Ship  /  1972

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Notes:  This is the seminal work by Steve Cowan and Albert Melshenker that brought the group together in the spring of 1971 to arrange and present its debut performances on the University of Illinois campus.  The Ship's eleven distinct songs flow together as an allegorical life's journey, performed in concert at many venues through 1971 and '72, including the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts at the U of I.  An intermission was provided after The Storm.  The LP was recorded for Elektra Records in June of 1972 and released that September.  In 2009, that original recording was remastered for CD and digital release on the Wounded Bird label, an Elektra affiliate.  Audio clips and songwriter credits below.

Players:  Steve Cowan, Albert Melshenker, Todd Bradshaw, Billy Panda, Mark Hamby, with guest cellist Tim Scott.

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