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Great Bass Ballads

Alan Light was a foundation baritone of the Australian Opera in 1956, and was one of the country's best-known singers through the sixties and seventies.

The ballads are serious and sentimental, rousing and rollicking and they are despatched with enjoyment by Alan Light's rich and fruity voice. If you have an ear for these old ballads, you should enjoy this performance.

Full orchestral and choral accompaniment, arranged and conducted by Eric Gross.


Alan Light

Alan Light was one of Australia's best-known voices. He was a foundation principal baritone of the Australian Opera, NSW National Opera, and National Theatre of Melbourne.

Press quote

“Light's voice is an unceasing joy and the range of numbers included on this disc is so enormous that no music-lover could possibly resist its charms ...”

— David Gyger,

Track Listing

  1. The boys of the old brigade Edward Slater 3:20
  2. The cobbler's song Frederic Norton 3:05
  3. The stock rider's song William Garnet James 3:00
  4. Down among the dead mean (Traditional) 2:45
  5. The lass of Richmond Hill James Hook 2:00
  6. Ten green bottles (Traditional) 5:10
  7. Drinking (In cellar cool) Ludwig Fischer 3:53
  8. Men of Harlech (Traditional) 4:40
  9. The land who knows where William Garnet James 1:30
  10. Ma curly headed baby George Clutsam 4:30
  11. Greensleeves (Traditional) 5:00
  12. A'roving (Traditional) 3:00
  13. The Licolnshire poacher (Traditional) 2:30
  14. Camptown races Stephen Foster 2:05



William Garnet James

Composer William Garnet James was the first federal director of the ABC (1931-1957) and it was during his tenure that orchestras were formed in each state.

Where to buy

Great Bass Ballads is available for download from the iTunes Music Store.
It's available for streaming through Apple Music.

Great Bass Ballads is available as as CD. It can be purchased online through Buywell Music or the Australian Music Centre which both offer secure online ordering.

Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.

Product details

List price
$20.00 AUD
Total playing time
46 minutes 28 seconds
Release date
© 1977 Australian Broadcasting Corporation
℗ 1980 Move Records
Catalogue number
MD 3029
Alternate catalogue number
EAN 9314574302929