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Forbidden Songs Of The Dying West CD


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The great Scottish singer and song writer Jackie Leven passed away on Monday, 14th November, at 8 o'clock in the evening. He had suffered from cancer.
"There are spiritual story tellers and there are soulful story tellers. I hope to be a soulful story teller. I see the two kinds as two different directions. Spiritual is ascending. Sky, God and all that. I hope my story telling is ... Read more in Amazon's Jackie Leven Store

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  • Audio CD (30 Sep 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • ASIN: B00000020A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,997 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Young Male Suicide Blessed By Invisible Woman
2. Some Ancient Misty Morning
3. Working Alone/A Blessing
4. Leven's Lament
5. Marble City Bar
6. Wanderer
7. Exultation
8. Men In Prison
9. Birds Leave Shadows
10. Stornoway Girl
11. Silver Roof
12. Lammermuir Hills
13. Come Back Early Or Never Of Come
14. By The Sign Of The Shettered Star
15. Scene That Haunts My Memory
16. My Lord What A Morning

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I admit that my title might be stretching the truth a little bit, but when you look at the titles 'Young male suicide blessed by invisible woman'; 'Men in prison'; 'Come back early or never come', it gives some idea of Jackie's subject matter. However, we won't get hung-up over titles, which like appearances can be deceptive. What we have here are some beautifully crafted, richly melodic, often emotional pieces about suicide, despair, love lost, imprisonment of the spirit as much as the literal sense, and some wonderfully intelligent, deeply felt and sometimes ambiguous lyrics. Couple this with Jackie's richly burnished voice ( a bit like the effect a log fire has on you in the chill of winter), and we have a very moving exploration of some of the 'big questions' of how we often struggle to stay true to ourselves and others, and not be destroyed.
If this all sounds too heavy, don't worry, because the richness of the melodies, and the hooks of the chorus and refrains take you prisoner, wrapping you up in the sincerity and warmth of Jackie's great songs. Only later do you need to pay attention to his sensitive and perceptive lyrics, to discover the depth of his wry exploration of what it means to be human.
Four favourites of mine include 'Working alone' in which a childhood memory of a horse-drawn plough in the fields develops in the observer as an adult, where "the plough moves deep inside my veins/But someone else now hold the reins". I think this is a remarkably accurate picture of many people's working lives (including mine!) In 'Marble City Bar' Jackie is open about his own history of despair and substance abuse, and the suicidal path which grows from this, "Where I first noticed I was fading away..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. G. H. W. Milburn on 20 Dec 2011
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Great music, great guy, sadly with us no more. Many friends and lots of memories. His cd's are individual and always very good.
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By spindle on 10 July 2013
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An interesting varieties of styles on this album;from folk ,to pop, to rock .I especially like the choir on track 8,Men In Prison.
Three of the last four tracks are however are not up to the standard of the rest of the album.I am ,I will admit, being a little picky saying this.
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If you want to hear rich-voiced, meaningful music, beautiful deep voiced singing, this is for you. All who heared him love him and this is one of his great albums.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A road of darkness and despair? 7 Sep 2010
By Sentinel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Okay, I admit that my title might be stretching the truth a little bit, but when you look at the titles 'Young male suicide blessed by invisible woman'; 'Men in prison'; 'Come back early or never come', it gives some idea of Jackie's subject matter. However, we won't get hung-up over titles, which like appearances can be deceptive. What we have here are some beautifully crafted, richly melodic, often emotional pieces about suicide, despair, love lost, imprisonment of the spirit as much as the literal sense, and some wonderfully intelligent, deeply felt and sometimes ambiguous lyrics. Couple this with Jackie's richly burnished voice ( a bit like the effect a log fire has on you in the chill of winter), and we have a very moving exploration of some of the 'big questions' of how we often struggle to stay true to ourselves and others, and not be destroyed.
If this all sounds too heavy, don't worry, because the richness of the melodies, and the hooks of the chorus and refrains take you prisoner, wrapping you up in the sincerity and warmth of Jackie's great songs. Only later do you need to pay attention to his sensitive and perceptive lyrics, to discover the depth of his wry exploration of what it means to be human.
Four favourites of mine include 'Working alone' in which a childhood memory of a horse-drawn plough in the fields develops in the observer as an adult, where "the plough moves deep inside my veins/But someone else now hold the reins". I think this is a remarkably accurate picture of many people's working lives (including mine!) In 'Marble City Bar' Jackie is open about his own history of despair and substance abuse, and the suicidal path which grows from this, "Where I first noticed I was fading away.." 'Men in Prison' features a Cornish Choir as a truly sublime chorus, which still makes my hair stand on end with its yearning longing "I thought I saw you running back to me". Finally we have Jackie telling of a walk in the 'Lammermuir Hills'when he discovers his love is no longer his, as "the winter wind blew out our star".
The genius of this album I think, lies in the marriage of a potentially gloomy, downbeat lyrical vision, to some truly redemptive melodies and harmonies, and Jackie's wonderful voice. Despite the worst, there is always some form of consolation: "So let us drink to hopeless situations/That come to greet us by and by/Raise a glass to endless expectation/We love, we lose, but we survive." So what are you waiting for: grab this hidden gem while you still can, and let it take you with it on a walk through the rollercoaster we call life.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Glorious, Intelligent, Moving, Funny and Classic 11 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This my favourite Jackie Leven record, but how do you pick one? One of the great British voices and songs that seem to hit home everytime. How many singer-songwriters do you know that can make you laugh and cry on the same album. He's in my town (again) this Saturday, can't wait!!!!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful 9 Nov 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was hooked on Jackie Leven after giving 80's Scottish band Doll by Doll a listen in 1980 or so. Since then, I've tried to pick up every piece of work by this great lyricist with one of the most distinctive voices in rock. It's a booming bass/baritone that can also soar into falsetto, and changee from a whisper to a roar.
The tunes aren't as immediate as some of his DbD work, but the haunting atmosphere is strong as ever, and this really is a beautiful album. From what I can gather, Leven has produced a spurt of new material recently, of which this is the only album available in the US apart from imports. It takes several listens before you start to begin to feel that you know the tunes - there are so many levels to them.
Jackie: it's great to hear you're back
Brimming with Emotion and Passion 22 Dec 2014
By Donald E. Gilliland - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a big fan of Jackie Leven and own almost all of his solo recordings, even the live ones, plus the albums he did in the 1970s and '80s with his great band Doll By Doll. This album, in my opinion, is one of his very best efforts, certainly the one I continue to play the most often since I bought it over a decade ago.

Some reviewers have criticized Leven's lyrics, and even the "sound effects" on this album, but to my ears it all works; the lovely bits, the catchy bits, the spoken word parts, the few delightfully oddball moments. It's all Jackie Leven in a nutshell. Leven sadly passed away last year, much too young but he was of the the rock world's (not this this music can properly called rock & roll, but that's where he's usually filed) greatest vocalists, and also one of the most woefully under-appreciated recording artists of the past several decades. Really, this guy was that good and that special It brings me to tears, thinking about how few music listeners have heard of him, yet have even listened to any of his music. A crying shame indeed. This man made music with depth and passion and soul, and this album is brimming with all of those elements.

I would urge anyone who enjoys any of the other Jackie Leven albums to get this one too, and if you haven't heard this man and his magical voice, this makes for a grand introduction. Listen to it, savor it, and pass the word!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
From a dedicated JL Fan 30 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
My first CD from Jackie Leven was "The Mystery of Love is greater than the Mystery of Death" (Cooking Vinyl 1994). After this really great CD I bought every CD I could find from Jackie (luckily there are some more available in Europe).
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