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Last Songs [Live]

Labi Siffre Audio CD
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Labi Siffre is an English poet, songwriter and singer. Born the fourth of five children at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in Hammersmith, London in 1945 to a Barbadian / Belgian mother and a Nigerian father, Siffre was brought up in Bayswater and Hampstead and educated at a Catholic monastery school, St Benedict’s School, in Ealing.

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  • Audio CD (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: EMI Gold
  • ASIN: B000EXOA0O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 277,524 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Everything
2. Samaritans
3. Face To Face (A Paper Regret)
4. This Is It
5. Lose Myself in You
6. Clinging To The Ledge
7. The Life I Got
8. The Dead Don't Matter
9. A Kiss In The Mirror
10. Sparrow In The Storm
11. Little Boy Baby Blue
12. Rainbow Moon
13. Why Isn't Love Enough?
14. The Song To Sing

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Last Songs 13 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
The Last Songs is a superb live acoustic album, an excellent synthesis of harmony, melody and lyricism. You will not hear better acoustic-guitar work so effortlessly merging blues, jazz and folk-roots genres. Siffre truly shines here, bringing a new sophistication and scholarship to his troubadour style of the 70's.

The songs are compelling. Siffre's vocal performance is urgent, engaging and flawless in timing and treatment of his main themes--homophobia, racism and poverty--and here he also deals with incest, domestic violence and life's futility. There is not a bad song in the set; all the tracks standout, with `Samaritans', `Face to Face (A Paper Regret)', `Little Boy Baby Blue' and `Everything' standing out in particular.

One of the best tracks on this CD is `Clinging to the Ledge', which has an appealing coarseness reminiscent of the vocal intensity of `Schooldays' from the 1991 Man of Reason album. The ever-present love songs, `Lose Myself in You', `Rainbow Moon' and `Sparrow in Storm', show his usual complex balance between romance and despair without the romantic clichés. These love songs are distinctively different from his 70's love songs but have a similar approach to the beautiful `I Will Always Love You' from the 1988 So Strong album. The album ends with an ebullient return to Siffre's all-embracing belief that `if life is worth anything, love is "The Song to Sing" ', an accapella reference to Clause #28 where love is love even between two men. This poignant rendition is unlike the reluctant resignation of the 1972 accapella `Saved' from the Crying Laughing Loving Lying album.

In The Last Songs, we discover both a man at the peak of his art and an unadulterated work served with a unique self-possession one rarely hears, reaffirming that Siffre is one of Britain's best songwriters. We only hope that these are not really his last songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars labi is fabulous 30 Aug 2012
By reesi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is the man at his best in a small room in front of a live crown - very happy to have played on the same bill as him on a number of times (Romanian relief concerts) and the man is as good as it gets - also played football with him once against some kids in romania - he's crap at football! Lose myself in you is about an aid visit to Romania he kindly joined me and others on. Hey Labi - the knights of Craiova were all there. God bless you

Paul Rees
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 7 July 2014
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Nice album
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