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Seems better with each playing, yet not a total success...,
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I hate to disagree with prior reviewer Peter Durward Harris of Great Britain, whose writing I have followed since I got on the computer in the summer of 2001. We have similar tastes, considering that I am a Yankee, and have reviewed the same music many times. However, this Ewan MacColl CD only gave me sporadic pleasure. The first time I listened, I only liked six of the 20 tracks...the uptempo ones, the ones with the most accompaniment, the most familiar songs. The second play, I found I liked four more, 50 percent of the disc. I have been a folk fan for 45 years, and I am as Anglo-Saxon as any NJ-born guy could ever be. I heard ABOUT Ewan MacColl ever since the very early '60's, but never actually heard much BY him. I knew he wrote the ubiquitous "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" and was married to Pete Seeger's sister. Then when I became a fan of the Pogues, I discovered his daughter Kristy, in her incredibly beautiful guest vocal on one of their CD's. Now I have "discovered" Ewan at last, but the selections on this release, overall, seem too sparse, slow and funereal for my taste. I think I will like him better when I can afford to buy discs of his sea songs or those he wrote or co-wrote.