Streets of London
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Reissued 1975 album. A first-rate singer, outstanding ragtime & blues guitarist and prolific songwriter, Kent-born Mc Tell has personal one of folk music's unforgettable anthems. 'Streets Of London', which is included here. His heartfelt, immaculate compositions have won him a worldwide reputation among fans and critics alike.
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Many people in the States know of the song Streets of London, though they have little idea who sang it, but I will say that every song on this cd is a classic. Frankly I collected many of Ralph's lp's and none move me so much as this one. Particular favorites on the album are Lunar Lullaby, Grand Affair, and Red Apple Juice, all of which I have been playing and singing for the last twenty five years oh so, without benefit of having the album in my collection. I am so happy to see that it has been reissued on cd and look forward to playing it over and over again.
I would love to see a new awareness of Ralph's music in the States, though I fear that may only come in the form of late night musical infomercials, ala Roger Whitaker, Slim Whitman, and unfortuntely, I fear, Gordon Lightfoot. If you love a sonorous, deeply resonant voice, wonderful songwriting, and tastefull guitar playing, buy this cd. You will not be dissapointed.
really did it for the ladies - and apparently still does.
I've given dozens of this album away and never one complaint.
In the parlance of Hollywood, McTell is sort of like Johnny Cash
meets Phil Ochs. These are songs of the lessons of life. If you
like Leonard Cohen you'll like Ralph McTell. Don't listen to the previous reviewer, this is a great songwriter and guitarist plying his craft. If you can, try to locate the almost impossible to find "Zimmerman Blues" and "Long Way from here to Clare."
Incidently, Kraftwerk was the reason the Pogues formed. The attitude was "Let's show 'em what human beings on instruments can do." That's what Ralph McTell is about.
All I can say to anyone who sings this pretentious load of old cobblers is "Get folked!".
Along with "Where do you go to my lovely", "The Streets of London" is easily among the most pretentious and silly songs ever written. Good taste? Well, we ain't takin' Rameau, Frank, Buxtehude, Messiaen, Schnittke, Boulez, Kraftwerk or Brian Eno here! :-))
We're talkin' schlock an' schmaltz!
If you arrive at a dinner party and your host (or hostess) puts on this disc (or "Where do you go to my lovely"), I would strongly suggest that you politely, but promptly make your excuses and leave. Such a social occasion is likely to be inhabited by people who you will be well advised to avoid.
Just a friendly warning!