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That's Not the Way It's Got to Be

Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey: That's Not the Way It's Got to Be (Acorn CD251)

That's Not the Way It's Got to Be
Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey

Acorn Records CF251 (LP, UK, 1975)
Fuse Records CF251 (LP, UK, 1979)
Paredon Records PARA 1036 (LP, USA, 1981)
Smithsonian Folkways PAR01036 (CD/download, USA, 200x)

Leon Rosselson, Roy Bailey: That's Not the Way It's Got to Be (Paredon PARA 1036)

The Parenon LP is sometimes referred to by the subtitle on the album cover, Songs of Life from a Dying British Empire.

Produced collectively;
Recorded on 16 track at Acorn Studios, December 1974;
Acorn sleeve design by Bill Beech and Tony Riley;
Paredon cover photo by Laurel Roth

Liner notes (PDF) at Smithsonian Global Sound

Musicians

Leon Rosselson: vocals [1, 3, 5-7, 9-10, 12-13], guitar [2, 6-7, 9-13], piano [13];
Roy Bailey: vocals [2, 4, 7-9, 11, 13], chorus [5], piano [5], guitar [8, 11];
Martin Carthy: guitar [2, 7, 13], chorus [5, 9];
John Kirkpatrick: concertina [4], accordion [5, 9], jew's harp [9], chorus [5, 9];
Sue Harris: oboe [9], chorus [5, 9];
Firoz Shapur: French horn [5]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. School Taught Me (0.17)
  2. Streets of London (2.10)
  3. Time and Motion Study (1.09)
  4. I Just Can't Wait (4.46)
  5. Coats Off for Britain (5.37)
  6. High in Control Rooms (0.37)
  7. The Ant and the Grasshopper (2.40)
  8. The Rose of York (TYG 135) (3.28)
  1. Plan (That's Not the Way It's Got to Be) (3.47)
  2. They're Going to Build a Motorway (3.17)
  3. Punch and Judy Man (3.54)
  4. Perspectives (3.01)
  5. The World Turned Upside Down (6.45)

The Paredon LP and its Smithsonian Global Sound reissue have the first and last tracks on Side 2 swapped.

On all songs words and music by Leon Rosselson except
Track 2 words John Hasted, music trad. Irish;
Track 3 words Adrian Mitchell;
Track 4 words Ian Campbell, music John Dunkerley;
Track 8 words and music Leslie Hale, Ken Thompson;
Track 11 words and music John Conolly