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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55013
Recording details: October 1980
Unknown, Unknown
Produced by Andrew Keener
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: January 1988
Total duration: 3 minutes 15 seconds

Jamaica, or The Jovial Broom Man, or a Kent Soldier's exact relation of all his travels in Every Nation, his famous acts are all Shown Here as in this Story doth appear
First line:
Room for a lad that's come from seas
composer
John Playford's Dancing Master, 4th edition, 1670
author of text

Introduction
This rousing tune first appears as ‘Jamaica’ in John Playford’s Dancing Master (Fourth edition, 1670), although earlier in the century it was known as ‘The Slow Men of London’. Ballad genealogy is complicated and in this instance too long for sleeve notes but, briefly, no text survives that refers to the island of Jamaica. The text on this disc is by Richard Climsell. Printed about 1640, the tune called for is ‘The Slow Men of London’. It comes from the Roxburghe Collection (No 166) in The British Museum.

from notes by Douglas Wootton 1981

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