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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Japan
  • ASIN: B0009POW64
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 986,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. P. Duffy VINE VOICE on 27 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
I was hooked into buying this album after hearing her rendition of "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" on Mike Harding a couple years ago, and have been listening to the album on & off ever since. Personally, I don't rate her as better or worse than Sandy Denny, they just both have slightly different styles (as for the suggestion further down that Sandy's voice is hard - what about Banks of the Nile?).

Stylistically the music alters throughout the album, and Let No Man Steal Your Thyme is probably the closest thing to trad folk on the album (and better than the Pentangle version). Of all the songs that, Dowie Dens Of Yarrow, Odyssey, Stargazer & Waiting For The Wind To Rise are my favourites. As others have said ad infinitum, if you like really good female folk singers, then this album is a must. Who knows what she would have achieved if she were still recording.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful By S. Rogan on 25 April 2005
Format: Audio CD
There are times when you take the plunge and get rewarded with a record that confounds your expectations and implores you to write a review.Such is this exquisitely compiled 2 cd set of Shelagh McDonalds recorded output. This womans voice is to die for. Think Nick Drake mixed with Sandy Denny and you are getting close to the evocative delivery and melancholic tinge to Shelagh McDonalds voice. Having first met her on the excellent "Gather Up The Mushrooms" compilation, I was pressed to investigate further and once again Sanctuary have delivered with this amazing value for money set. Shelaghs own story is one of seemingly massive personal tragedy (she disappeared shortly after completing her second lp "Stargazer" which is included in full here). But to simply apportion interest in this release as an exercise in "where are they now?" Syd Barrett style voyeurism would be totally wide of the mark. Listen to "Liz's Song" and hear UK folk at its best. A worthy addition to any music lovers collection. Buy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stephen E. Diggle on 16 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
If you like Sandy Denny/Vashti Bunyan/Pentangle this is a great collection by an almost forgotten artist.
The nearest way I can pigeon-hole her albums would be "female Nick Drake during his Bryter Layter period".
The connection doesn't end there. The orchestration is by Robert Kirby who also did Nick Drakes 1st 2 albums.
This is singer songwriter music of the very highest quality.
If you think it may possibly be your thing - buy it - it will not disappoint.
My only criticism would be it that the CD's are mixed "a bit toppy"
The vinyl LP's are rare, a bit expensive, but the sound quality is absolutely superb. They are essential if you like her music. Steve Diggle
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. S. Dodson on 22 Feb 2009
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure how I stumbled upon this cd! I think an amazon recommendation. I read the reviews and was in. I find it hard to believe it's taken me this long to find her, 38 years. I mean I read encyclopedias of music! I sat listened, was completely dissilusioned by the first two live tracks! but hung on to hear the revelation of the first LP! WOW! great songs! fab voice! Some of these songs are to die for. Although not all written by her. Shelagh's songs are the strongest here.

By cd two the songs are all hers and all the better for it. Not a Sandy or a Joni or a Nick Drake but very much her own voice. If you like these people this cd is a must. a great supporting cast also. The great piano of Keith Tippett, Danny Thompson on bass, Richard Thompson on guitar, wonderful string arrangements by Robert Kirby (of Nick Drake fame). The bonus tracks are really for completists! Sadly I am one of those. On first listen I was going for five stars, second four because of the out-takes, and ultimately on third listen, well three listens to a double cd in two days. there are enough hidden gems here to satisfy, so I go five.

Shelagh McDonald here shows so much promise and talent. the second cd is the better one! Who knows what may had been had there been no vanishing act! She was getting better and better.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By John A. Atkins on 5 Mar 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Whilst the title of this collection might suggest a collection of traditional folk songs, this is stunning original material from McDonald - in many ways the equal of Joni Mitchell, and very similar to Fairport Convention (without the dodgy Dylan covers!)The songs are passionate and delicate folk-rock with some lovely piano and organ arrangements, all sounding lush, fresh and confident.
Also don't be discouraged by this 2 CD set being filled out with outtakes and demos. The unreleased stuff like "The Road To Paradise" are as superb as her two official albums. In short this CD is essential material...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Taylor on 22 Jan 2009
Format: Audio CD
Shelagh McDonald had one of the best voices of any of the gifted young women singers who emerged from the British "folk-rock" genre in the late 60s (in this reviewer's opinion THE best voice). But what sets Shelagh McDonald apart from any of her contemporaries, is that no only did she possess an exquisitely beautiful singing voice, she was equally (and very) adept on both guitar and piano. And a very good songwriter too. Her ability to successfully interpret from a wide musical spectrum ranging from country blues, traditional folk to contemporary material is also something few of her peers might lay claim to. There has been justifiable praise for the Robert Kirby arrangements for certain tracks upon this compilation, but the ones that really stand out are the solo pieces with Shelagh singing her own material to self-accompaniment on either guitar or piano. With a voice of this quality, and musicianship to match, nothing else is needed. It's simply magical. Regarding the traditional songs, her interpretation of "Dowie Dens of Yarrow" has never been equalled, no one else has even come close, while her version of "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" easily merits favourable comparison with Anne Briggs' earlier rendition (no mean achievement). Comparisons have been made, obviously, with e.g. Nick Drake on the one hand or Sandy Denny on the other, but Shelagh McDonald was a truly unique, and very special talent. Once you have heard Shelagh McDonald you will probably not want to listen to anyone or anything else for quite some time afterwards. That isn't just this reviewer's opinion, it's a unanimous one.
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