Cracksman Betty (Remixed and Remastered)

by Crime and the Forces of Evil

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Cracksman Betty is the album we never intended to make. It was a record-something-every-month project, named for a safecracker (a “Cracksman”) and a blackjack with a woman’s name (a “Betty”), adorned with pirate skull and burglar’s tools, and we finished it up December 2011… or so we thought.

But the thing is, we went back and gave those recordings another good hard listen, and realised that I’d improved a lot both as a vocalist and an engineer over that year.

So we decided to clean it up, and do some new vocals, and oh, we can totally make Dalek Boy funnier, and Old Black Rum can be a lot more rowdy, and oh, I have this new song (“Song for a Blockade Runner/High Barbaree”) that’ll fit in just great, and…

…somewhere along the way, this became an album. It became a piece, a thing, not just an assemblage. Not a complex a piece as Dick Tracy Must Die or far-reaching as Din of Thieves will be, perhaps, but an entity, a set.

‘Or,’ I asked myself, ‘did it? Really? Am I just making that up? Let’s ask some beta listeners.’

And the first response back was:

"everything I hear in these tracks is totally Next Level from what came before."

…followed by an assortment of “impressive,” “SO MUCH BETTER” [capslock in the original], “awesome,” and “I love Dalek Boy so much.”

So I guess I wasn’t making it up!

But what is it?

I think it’s CRIME and the Forces of Evil – or various subsets thereof – not taking everything quite so seriously. I think it’s an alternate history lesson, I think it’s kicking back in the studio just to have fun, I think it’s riot girls dyking our way around Vancouver starting fights (not that I'd know anything about that, aheh), I think it's cyborgs doing it for the lulz, and I think it’s piracy, riot, and revolution. It’s kicking out some good old Cascadian folk.

Give a listen. See what you think.

credits

released 07 May 2012

CRIME and the Forces of Evil would like to thank Leannan Sidhe, Paul Johnson, and Angela Korra'ti for their guest appearances on this album. We would also very much like to thank beta listeners including Bubo G. Gear, Brian Smith, and Chris McCormick for their feedback, and all our fans for their support! Keep listening, guys! :D

All songs recorded and engineered by Solarbird the Lightbringer, a.k.a. Dara Korra'ti, of CRIME and the Forces of Evil, at Criminal Studios/Murkworks North, except for I'm a Rover (recorded live at Juanita Bay, Kirkland, Washington) and Danny Boy (recorded live at El Dorado, in Burien, Washington). CRIME and the Forces of Evil use Ardour, on Ubuntu Studio.

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Track Name: Song for a Blockade Runner/High Barbaree
Look ahead, look astern, look a-weather and a-lee
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
There's a lofty ship about us; we sail fast and free
Sailin' down along the coast on High Barbaree

Oh are we a pirate, or man o' war?
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
It depends on who you're askin'; we've been both before
Sailin' down along the coast on High Barbaree
Oh if you are Alaskan, then we bring you your breads
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
But the Californians hate us, and they're after our heads
Singin' down along the coast on High Barbaree

Runnin' gun, runnin' rum, runnin' iron and gold
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
And sometimes runnin' things we don't wanna be told
Sailing down along the coast on High Barbaree
The Douglas Fir we're flyin'; this sea it is ours
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
And should you try to stop us we'll put flame to your stars
Singin' down along the coast on High Barbaree

Oh priviteering's rough, not much pay to be had
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
The voyage is never ending, and the food's pretty bad
Sailing down along the coast on high barbaree
But be a Yankee or a Dixie? Oh I'd rather be dead
Blow high, blow low, and so sail we
We're betting all we've got that something better's ahead
Singin' down along the coast on High Barbaree
Sailing down along the coast on High Barbaree
Track Name: Old Black Rum (West Coast Style)
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