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The Greatest Living Englishman

The Greatest Living Englishman

January 1, 1993

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1993
  • Label: Cherry Red Records
  • Copyright: 1993 Cherry Red Records
  • Total Length: 46:22
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  • ASIN: B000ZEDDGO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,253 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hazen on March 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If only Amazon would feature this next to XTC and Oasis new releases...
"The Greatest Living Englishman" would be seen as one of the classic pop albums of all time if it had been released in 1967 or so; Martin Newell makes no effort to cozy up to the slack values of today's pop. Instead, listeners get a collection of great songs that channel the Indian summer of the late 60's, without being parody like the Rutles. The title track exhibits the influence of "Magical Mystery Tour"-era Fabs, "Street Called Prospect" could have been penned by Ray Davies circa "Something Else", "Home Counties Boy" recalls the pastoral feel of XTC...Other tracks are pure Martin, like "Christmas In Suburbia" and "Jangling Man". Great stuff all the way through, and criminally overlooked by the industry and press. BTW for American websurfers: Martin is a poet as well, he writes for English paper "The Independent".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Buellis on June 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Another amazing CD from Martin Newell which proves that
he is "The Jangling Man" indeed.
A splendid recording from start to finish,your head will sway from side to side as you sing along.
It will make you sing so loud,you won't care what YOUR voice sounds like.
So if you crave pure polished British Pop~grab this gem as soon as you can!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Hazen on January 13, 2000
Format: Audio CD
There must be a few of us (alright, a lot of us, based on Beatles' "Anthology" sales) who miss the songcrafty, studio pop of the 1966-69 era; on album that scratches that itch is Apple Venus Vol. I by XTC; This is another of similar quality. Like "Magical Mystery Tour" or "Skylarking", Martin Newell has created a wonderful evocation of the leafy English countryside at high summer. The title track pays tribute to Sir Winston Churchill, truly the Greatest Englishman of the 20th century; "A Town Called Prospect" deftly conjures up Ray Davies' best late-60's tunes; Andy Partridge contributes a breathtaking guitar solo in "Build a House"...all in all, a perfect soundtrack for a summer idyll in your striped blazer and a pint of ale! Strawberry Fields Forever from Mr. Newell; Pop music of the highest order.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Albert Einstein on October 29, 2004
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A friend of mine who shared my like for XTC recommended this album, being produced by Andy Partridge. You can hear an XTC-style production on songs like "Before the Hurricane," and he somehow reminds me of Colin Moulding. This album also reminds me very much of Billy Joel's "Nylon Curtain" album, especially "We'll Build a House" and "Greatest Living Englishman." I like English artists whose music has an English flavor, without trying to sing like an American. This is a good example. I haven't listened through enough to decide on a rating, so keep that in mind in seeing that I have given it four stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Randy Hiatt on April 18, 2000
Format: Audio CD
After reading the other excellent reviews I have nothing more to add other then it is a hidden gem of polished pop. Like xTc this is a secret just waiting to be reveiled. "After the Hurricane" has got to be one of the coolest tunes... I could loop it for days (well maybe weeks).
This is my second copy (I hope it's not backordered). Get it for someone you love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John E. Martin on October 23, 2009
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I had the opportunity to borrow a friend's copy of this CD and have been wanting a copy of my own ever since.

Martin Newel has a wonderful way of using words and matching words to music to express a wide range of feelings. The songs on this CD range from the folksy "Home Counties Boy" to the angry energy of "The Jangling Man". I just can't really find the words to explain how much I love this CD. If you like poetic music with rock instrumentation and want something out of the ordinary, you owe it to yourself to give this CD a try.
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