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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Apple Records
  • ASIN: B003XSSR9C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. International
2. There's Got To Be More
3. Silver Birch And Weeping Willow
4. How Come The Sun
5. Earth Song
6. Martha
7. Streets of London
8. The Wind
9. Water, Paper and Clay
10. Ocean Song
11. Kew Gardens [Bonus Track]
12. When I Am Old One Day [Bonus Track]
13. Let My Name Be Sorrow [Bonus Track]

Editorial Reviews

Issued in 1971, this is Mary Hopkin's coming-of-age collection, packed with socially-conscious, lyrically-aware anthems from the cream of the era's folk protagonists: Ralph McTell, Gallagher & Lyle, Tom Paxton, Cat Stevens, Harvey Andrews and the relatively unknown Liz Thorsen who wrote the collection’s title songs, ‘Earth Song’ and ‘Ocean Song’. Mary defines her art on this album, co-ordinated by legendary producer and Mary's husband-to-be at the time, Tony Visconti.

This Remastered CD includes three Bonus Tracks, all produced by Tony Visconti:
• ‘Kew Gardens’ / 1971 B-side to ‘Let My Name Be Sorrow’
• ‘When I Am Old One Day’ / from the Earth Song / Ocean Song sessions
• ‘Let My Name Be Sorrow’ / Mary’s penultimate single for Apple Records, issued in 1971

Customer Reviews

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Her voice and phrasing is just wonderful.
marcia watson
Quaint by today's standards, but well-recorded and not that different from today's female Brit singers like Adele and Estelle.
Martin H. Franzen
So let me tell you a bit more about why I love it so much.
David A. Bede

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David A. Bede on March 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to know where to begin a review of one's all time favorite album. Maybe that's the best way to begin, actually. I probably own around 2,000 albums, featuring most genres and fairly evenly spread from the 1940s to today in terms of when they were recorded. And "Earth Song/Ocean Song" is #1 among them all.

That should tell you something, but maybe not enough to decide on buying it for yourself. So let me tell you a bit more about why I love it so much. First of all, Mary Hopkin had (and no doubt still has) a terrific voice, and she put it to great use here. That sugar-sweet sadness you hear on "Those Were The Days" is more restrained and mature here, with a breathier quality when it suits the song. She also sounds much closer up and never drowned out by the music. And speaking of the music, it's mellow but lush throughout, intense but never too hard. Themes range from breakups to homelessness to plain old self-awareness, but all the songs seem woven together flawlessly into a cycle that somehow makes perfect sense.

The album's centerpieces are its two title songs, written by Liz Thorsen. Maybe they're both about finding inner peace (that's the interpretation I've always stuck with), maybe they're about drug-addiction, or maybe they really are only about climbing a crystal mountain and finding a ride to the end of the ocean. However you choose to hear them, they're both wonderfully evocative and relaxing to hear, and as fresh on the 500th listen as on the first. Other standouts include "Silver Birch and Weeping Willow," about finding comfort in your own company when you can't count on others (or is it really just about watching a sunset? You decide!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By StatMan89 on October 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
After three years of doing pop at Apple, in 1971 Hopkin finally got to show her true colors on her final album there. Musicians and writers like Ralph McTell and Dave Cousins came from the top ranks of contemporary folk. Contributors also included Hopkin's personal favorites, Apple house writers Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle. The exquisite arrangements and Mary's crystal clear voice make for a listening experience you won't forget. There's not a single weak track, highlighted by the beautiful and very environmentally-themed title songs.

This collection adds three bonus tracks. "When I Am Old One Day" is an outtake first released on the 1994 overseas-only compilation CD "Those Were the Days." "Kew Gardens" and "Let My Name Be Sorrow" come from Hopkin's next-to-last Apple single. Like the album, these tracks were produced by Hopkin's future (now ex-) husband Tony Visconti.

Three other tracks are available exclusively by download; they're listed on Amazon under "Earth Song - Ocean Song (Bonus Tracks)." They include "Jefferson," a Gallagher-Lyle tune that was the overseas B-side to "Water, Paper & Clay," and the French and Japanese language versions of "Let My Name Be Sorrow." Most of the other songs Hopkin released as singles, like "Temma Harbour," "Lontano Dagli Occhi," and "Heritage" have yet to be released on digital in the U.S. Let's hope that gap is filled soon.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William J. Holmes on January 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This 1973 folk gem deserves to be put on the same pedestal as the greatest albums of the late 60's and early 70's. There is NO filler, and that rarity alone puts it in very select company. Could you name ten albums, even the iconic ones, that you can say that about? There are four that I know of... The Beatles' SGT. PEPPER, Procol Harum's HOME, David Ackles' AMERICAN GOTHIC, and this one. The musicianship is exemplary throughout, and Ms. Hopkin is in in fine form vocally. That it doesn't have a wider audience is a tragedy, but considering what passes as the music industry these days, I guess it's not a complete surprise. But everyone raised on (or ruined by) MTV who wants to broaden their horizons should give this CD a try. I can't guarantee you'll love it...poor taste in music seems to be hard-wired into much of the MTV generation. But you SHOULD love it. I would give this CD ten stars if I could.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Lee Cleven on December 28, 2010
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I once read that Mary Hopkin referred to her first album on the Apple Label as being Paul McCartney's but "Earth Song, Ocean Song" was her album. Mary Hopkin has released many more albums through her own label and is actively recording. I do like her first Apple album, "Postcard" but it is overly produced and the song "There's No Business Like Show Business" is filler. This album is much different fare and it is less pop oriented. This is Mary Hopkin's album. Mary Hopkin's voice is absolutely beautiful. It is pure and clear as a bell. On this album without layers of production that suited a Beatles' album, Mary's voice shines on songs such as Ralph McTell's "Streets of London" which is exquisite and also on his plaintive "Silver Birch and Weeping Willow". Mary gives a gorgeous rendition of Cat Stevens' "The Wind".
"Water, Paper and Clay" is a definite stand-out on this album being more rousing with back-up vocals. Newly added tracks fit in well on this newly re-mastered version especially "When I Am Old One Day" and "Let My Name Be Sorrow". This album flows beautifully and Mary Hopkin has some of the finest musicians working with her such as David Cousins, Danny Thompson, and Ralph McTell. This album is as fresh as it was upon release. It is a classic. I cannot recommend it highly enough. For more Mary Hopkin albums not available anywhere else, check Mary Hopkin Music. She remains an enormously gifted singer -- songwriter.
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