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Mary Hopkin At Her Finest,
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This review is from: Earth Song, Ocean Song (Audio CD)
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.