Ballads of the Book

Ballads of the Book is a collaborative studio album, released on 5 March 2007, on Chemikal Underground. The project was curated by Idlewild lead vocalist Roddy Woomble, and features collaborations between Scottish musicians and Scottish writers. The album is considered a "joint effort" by all those involved. Ballads of the Book was produced at Chem19 studios by Paul Savage and Andy Miller.

Ballads of the Book
Studio album by
Various Artists
Released5 March 2007
GenreFolk, rock
LabelChemikal Underground
ProducerPaul Savage, Andy Miller
Ballads of the Book
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The album's front cover was designed by Scottish author/artist Alasdair Gray, and painted by Richard Todd. The cover states that it is "for Edwin Morgan."

The album's liner notes include each of the poems in full.

Track listing

  1. "Song For Irena" - Mike Heron & John Burnside
  2. "Steam Comes Off Our House" - De Rosa & Michel Faber
  3. "A Calvinist Narrowly Avoids Pleasure" - James Yorkston & Bill Duncan
  4. "Dreamcatcher" - Foxface & Rody Gorman
  5. "A Sentimental Song" - Lord Cut-Glass & Alasdair Gray
  6. "The Sixth Stone" - Aidan Moffat & Ian Rankin
  7. "Girl" - Norman Blake & John Burnside
  8. "The Good Years" - Karine Polwart & Edwin Morgan
  9. "The War On Love Song" - Sons and Daughters & A. L. Kennedy
  10. "The Leaving" - Alasdair Roberts & Robin Robertson
  11. "Message In A Bottle" - Strike the Colours & Rody Gorman
  12. "If You Love Me You'd Destroy Me" - Aereogramme & Hal Duncan
  13. "The Rebel On His Own Tonight" - Malcolm Middleton & Alan Bissett
  14. "Half An Apple" - Trashcan Sinatras & Ali Smith
  15. "The Fire" - Vashti Bunyan & Rodge Glass
  16. "Where And When" - King Creosote & Laura Hird
  17. "Jesus On The Cross" - Emma Pollock & Louise Welsh
  18. "The Weight Of Years" - Idlewild & Edwin Morgan


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  2. Hoffman, Dave (27 August 2007). "Various Artists: Ballads of the Book". Popmatters. Retrieved 14 August 2019.
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