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Singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan successfully combined a flair for Beatlesque popcraft with an old-fashioned music hall sensibility to emerge as one of the most distinctive and popular new performers of the early 1970s. Born Raymond O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland on December 1, 1946, he went on to attend art school in Swindon, England, writing songs throughout his formative years ... Read more in Amazon's Gilbert O'Sullivan Store

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  • Audio CD (April 10, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SALVO
  • ASIN: B007CIM9IY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,030 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I m A Writer, Not A Fighter
2. A Friend Of Mine
3. They ve Only Themselves To Blame
4. Who Knows, Perhaps Maybe
5. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
6. Ooh Baby
7. I Have Never Loved You As Much
8. Not In A Million Years
9. If You Love Me Like You Love Me
10. Get Down
11. A Very Extraordinary Sort Of Girl (b-side Get Down)
12. Good Company (b-side Ooh Baby)
13. Why, Oh Why, Oh Why
14. You Don t Have To Tell Me (b-side Why, Oh Why, Oh Why)

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A lot had happened to Gilbert O'Sullivan between his second LP Back To Front (Salvocdx002) and his third, I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter. He had hit number one in both America and Japan with Alone Again (Naturally) and was riding high in the charts in many other territories. He had also moved out of the bungalow he had shared with another singer, belonging to manager Gordon Mills, and moved into his own house. "A good time for me" remembers Gilbert, "just living on my own with pianos and very little furniture. I would spend weeks on end just writing to my heart's content." The sessions for I'm A Writer... took place during the early part of 1973 at Mills' recently completed studio. "Unlike the previous sessions, which were three hours here and there in various studios, for this one we would spend days in Gordon's studio," says Gilbert. "There were some overdubs done in America, but mostly it was a very ad hoc, home-based project. So, for me, the result has continuity running through it unlike perhaps the previous two albums."

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 11, 2012
Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 REMASTERED REISSUE ***

"I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" is the 3rd release in a full-on reissue campaign by Salvo Records of the UK for Irish singer-songwriter Raymond Gilbert O'Sullivan. His UK debut album "Himself" from 1971 was relaunched in November 2011 and his second LP "Back To Front" from 1972 in February 2012 (both are reviewed separately). With fantastic new sound, four bonus tracks, quality packaging and a none-too steep price - legions of his fans worldwide will be thrilled to see that his MAM Records catalogue is finally receiving a thorough going-over (and like the others - this release is artist-approved too).

Here are the finite details - UK released Monday 2 April 2012 (10 April 2012 in the USA) Salvo SALVOXCD003 breaks down as follows (44:34 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 110 are his third studio album "I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" - released September 1973 in the UK on Mam Records MAM-SS 505 and October 1973 on Mam Records MAM 7 in the USA. It peaked at 101 on the album charts in America - but reached Number 2 in England.

Track 11 is "A Very Extraordinary Sort Of Girl" - the non-album B-side of "Get Down" - a 7" single released March 1973 in the UK on Mam Records MAM 96 (it reached Number 1 on the UK singles chart and Number 7 in the USA). It's the first time this rare B-side has been on CD anywhere else.

Track 12 is "Good Company" - the non-album B-side of "Ooh Baby" - the second single lifted off the album. "Ooh Baby" was issued September 1973 in the UK on Mam Records MAM 107 and charted at Number 18. "Good Company" is considered by fans to be one of Gilbert's best B-sides and outside of a rare Japanese CD compilation from 2004 - it's the first time the track has been made available for all markets.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jin S. Kim on December 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Gilbert O'Sullivan's career peaked in the early 70's just as he was starting. His lyrics are verbose but clever, and the music is very complex for pop songs. He wrote a lot of good songs, but this album is his best, and I rank it right up there with Fleetwood Mac's Rumours, Supertramp's Breakfast in America, and Frampton Comes Alive. If you like the song, "Alone Again, Naturally" then you'll love this album, which is full of songs of that caliber. It's a dream come true that this masterpiece is finally on CD. Ooh, baby!
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Excellent album first heard it on my 1st visit to England in 1974 ..bought the LP and in 2000 got the CD .
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