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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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  • Vinyl
  • Label: MAM
  • ASIN: B004EQX1S4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,371,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 10 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2011 REMASTERED REISSUE ***

Dubliners and Irish people of a certain age (as well as admirers from many other countries) will look at the sleeve of this early Seventies album by Waterford born singer-songwriter Raymond Gilbert O'Sullivan with huge affection - the music and lyrics having wedged themselves into their hearts. And at last - in 2011 - we finally get to see Gilbert's MAM Records catalogue receive a decent reissue campaign. And it's artist-approved too.

Here are the details - UK released Monday 7 November 2011 Salvo SALVOXCD001 breaks down as follows (63:19 minutes):

Tracks 1 to 14 are his 'UK' debut album "Himself" - released August 1971 on Mam Records MAM-SS 501. The American LP variant "Gilbert O'Sullivan Himself" on Mam/London MAM-4 was released a year later with a different cover and track list on Side 2. "Susan Van Heusen" and "Doing The Best I Can" from the UK LP were replaced with two hits singles - "Alone Again (Naturally)" and "We Will". Famously "Alone Again (Naturally)" went to Number 1 in the USA and stayed there for 6 weeks in July 1972. The "Himself" album itself reached Number 5 and 9 on the UK and US LP charts respectively.

Tracks 15 and 16 are "Disappear" and "What Can I Do" - Previously Unreleased 'Original Demo' versions of his first 2 singles on CBS Records from 1967 and 1968 (credited as GILBERT)
Track 17 is "Mr.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. J. Partridge on 17 Sept. 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have very fond memories of this album. I still have the original gate-fold sleeve, heavy MAM vinyl edition of this wonderful record and having it on CD now just brings all those memories flooding right back. Ok so it may be a bit of a nostalgia trip, but in a way that's what Mr O'Sullivan's songs were always about. They are comforting, comfortable and beautiful all at the same time. They evoke memories of a simpler time and there is nothing wrong with that. Apart from the fantastic produciton on this record, the songs still stand up as being some of his best. Nothing Rhymed is simply a masterpiece, January Git and Matrimony are some of the best 'slice of life' songs I've ever heard (and I'm a fan of all sorts of music from Morrisy to Manilow!), the whole thing is simply a beautiful record. And if you want to expereince Gilbert's specail blend of clever lyrics and great tunes live I can also highly recommend the excellent DVD 'Live in Tokyo'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. G. Prizeman on 2 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
I ended up buying this on the review on many of the others one here. I originally decided there was no point in posting a further review, but after listening to the album, i suppose I felt I could add a bit of what I personally felt. This is Gilbert O'Sullivan's breakthrough album, and is sold on its music alone. My favourite track nothing rhymed is here and also some great bonus tracks. what you notice here is the excellent care that has been taken with the remaster of the album. A lot of care has been taken not to change the Analogue master, all that has been done is things are cleaned up and it still thankfully sounds like an analogue recording with all the brightness and clear sound of the original, The package is also good a nice digpax sleeve with all the original artwork included. This was the beginning of a great musical carrier which was put on hold due to record company greed, but this is well worth a look
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By coca-ebola on 30 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Yes, there is such a thing. It's a niche market, to be sure, and Gilbert is one of its longest-standing proponents.
HIMSELF, his first album, is arguably his best - while his "prematurely aged social misfit" persona has arrived fully formed, the album sees him venturing into musical areas he seldom if ever visited again.
But let's have a reality check - this is music that not many people will be able to tolerate. To appreciate this stuff, you not only need a peculiar fondness for featherweight early-'70s pop, but also an affection for tweeness and awkwardness. So, if you're the sort of person who actually likes David Bowie's Deram sessions, or pre-disco Bee Gees, you owe it to yourself to check this out. If you're not, leave it well alone.
The singles will be famiiar to most people reading this - the implacably melancholy, self-deprecating `Nothing Rhymed', and `Matrimony' (about a skinflint hurrying his bride to the registry office, aware that she wanted a church wedding). But the true highlights are the album tracks in which all his eccentricities are on display.
`January Git' is word-associative nonsense set to swing-style jazz (complete with clarinet solos); `Permissive Twit' is a vignette of 1930s Northern England, with a young relative of Gracie Fields (no joke!) confessing, shyly and haltingly, that his sister has become pregnant out of wedlock; `Independent Air' is lyrically incomprehensible and musically almost raucous - check out the funky guitarwork toward the end; `Too Much Attention' has more of a jazz-funk feel (with a bit of scat-singing and flute solo breaks); `Susan Van Heusen' is another `scandalous' tale related awkwardly and embarrassedly (a teenage girl catches her father at it with his lower-class bit-on-the-side).
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