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Songs of Love and Loss [Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered]

Roy Harper Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Sep 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B00560G800
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,485 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Black Clouds 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Girlie 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. All You Need Is 5:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Francesca 1:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. East Of The Sun 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Little Lady 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. North Country 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. I'll See You Again 5:010.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Naked Flame 5:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Commune 4:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Frozen Moment 3:290.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. Davey 1:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Another Day 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. South Africa 4:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Hallucinating Light 6:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sleeping At the Wheel 4:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Waiting For Godot Part Zed 3:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Flycatcher 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. On Summer Day 5:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Cherishing The Lonesome 5:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Friend 3:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. One More Tomorrow 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Forever 2:510.99  Buy MP3 

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Kate Bush sang with him. Led Zeppelin sang about him. Pink Floyd once asked him to sing lead. Fleet Foxes and Joanna Newsom adore him. - The Sun.

And now Roy Harper has come up with a new compilation on the Salvo label. Compiled by Roy himself `Songs Of Love And Loss is a 2CD collection of the talented lyricist, vocalist and guitarist s most celebrated love and lament songs.

The album comes with a 20 page booklet including rare photos, lyrics and a commentary by Roy on each song. 'My love songs are often hidden by the more epic things I attempt, comments Roy, It's been a long time ambition of mine to gather a dynamic mix of them together in just their own context. It was a rewarding labour of love for me! Hope you enjoy it .

Includes 23 tracks from 11 different albums from Sophisticated Beggar in 1966 to Death Or Glory in 1992. Here s what the critics are saying about Songs Of Love And Loss:

A very special singer-songwriter . - Uncut
The 23 tracks here radiate a quiet but mesmerising power . Classic Rock
A master at work . - Daily Mirror
Nothing here is anything less than sublime . The Wire
A perfect introduction to a great man . The Sun
Forget the Dylan at 70 celebrations that will be all over the media this year, there's another unique septuagenarian voice equally deserving of your attention . - Subba-cultcha.com
This compilation is a powerful restatement of Harper's core talents, even though it only hints at his considerable versatility and his vaunting ambition. His songs are more than worthy of rediscovery - and it is wonderful that this compilation and the ensuing reissue program may bring him to an entirely new audience within his own lifetime . - Music OMH

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
By ACB (swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This 2CD collection has long been awaited. The accompanying booklet is introduced by Roy Harper, explaining the background of the original concept to the arrival of the finished musical compilation. His music has always been sincere and passionate. His lyrics, guitar playing, compositions have included profound observations of the world and life intertwined with personal love songs. Love and lament are often cemented, as Roy says in his writing and singing. He says he was surprised to find that 40% of his recordings were 'love songs'.

This release contains 23 hand-picked and played compositions from Roy Harper covering 1966 to 1992. Reworked and digitally engineered, many or most will be familiar in their original form to his admirers. Starting with 'Black Clouds',an observation of the changing sky reflected in life, through the wonderful 'All you Need Is', lost friend in 'East of the Sun', the everpresent 'Francesca' forever lost apart from memory into the softly sung 'North Country'. There are so many moments of sheer love and heartache in these numbers that are so well explained in Roy's accompanying song notes. Other highlights are the poignant 'South Africa', the affection between brothers on 'Davey' and the final 'Forever',( containing lines "Don't you think we're forever", "Don't ever leave me girl-oh no".) Relevant to us all. The tracks are beautifully 'resculptured' (Mr Harper's words) and delivered with the mastery of an artist with his hallmark vocal craft and guitar playing.

Some numbers have been presented in DVD form on 'Beyond the Door' and 'Legends' in obviously different form but with informative and humourous introductions (e.g. 'Commune', 'Another Day', 'Hallucinating Light',) and are highly recommended.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential.....totally essential! 20 Sep 2011
By alice
Format:Audio CD
Nothing more than essential listening..
Firstly this is the physical release of the digital only release that was spat out to a digital public in June as Roy signed his catalogue for digital dissemination. Salvo quite rightly have picked up the rights for the physical product ( of this release)- and to be honest I suspect a general sigh of relief amongst Harper fans to find something to actually get their hands on rather than all this compressed mp3 nonsense. Hats off to Union Square/ Salvo then!
This 2 cd set hand picked by Roy himself together with booklet concentrates on the more pastoral songs from Roy rather than the more lengthy epic compositions such as Me and My Woman, One Of Those Days In England, Highway Blues, One Man Rock and Roll Band - the list goes on. This compilation is a slip road -a sign post to greater joys that lay further down the road should you want to explore further, and if you haven't I strongly urge you to discover one of the England's greatest if not the greatest living songwriter this country has produced in all his crazy rambling glory.
The 23 tracks across the 2 discs journey through his discography picking out the songs that have been Harper live favourites throughout his 80's and 90's shows, so we have Francesca, North Country, Naked Flame, Commune, Frozen Moment, Another Day, Hallucinating Light , Sleeping At The Wheel , Cherishing The Lonesome, The Flycatcher amongst the others. Not a duff track as you would expect.

With Roy Harper now in his 70th year and after the halcyon days of the 60's and 70's , the side stepping waste lands of the 80's and 90's it is heart warming to see this great maverick finally getting the recognition he so rightly deserves (again).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Giant 17 Oct 2011
By BrynG
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If you have not got anything by Roy Harper then this is a great place to start as these songs are some of his most accessible. The thing about RH is that he sets himself incredibly high standards and every song he has ever issued exudes thoughtfulness and honesty. In my opinion he is the single most consistent performer of anyone I have ever listened to. Dylan, Young, Mitchell, Van M., both Buckleys, John Martyn etc etc have all got fantastic canons of music, but they have all hit the occasional bad note. Not so RH.
Now in his 70th year we should treasure him, and if you ever get to see him live (maybe his touring days are over?) then please DO. He is a fascinating character and makes you proud to be English. Worth a visit to the blog on his website too.
There is unlikely to ever be anyone remotely like him.
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This wonderful compilation contains many of the great troubadour's most poignant and plaintive songs. A few of Roy's better known works are included, like Another Day, Hallucinating Light and (a personal favourate of mine) Commune, but many more obscure little gems also feature. Nicely packaged, with photos of Roy at various stages through his journey and with a booklet containing lyrics and Roy's personal notes describing the motivation behind each song.

One of music's most underrated performers - what a shame Roy's touring days are over. Having seen him live a few times over the decades, hearing this wonderful music takes me back to my youth.

Unless you already possess Roy's entire back-catalog (and even then, this suberbly "resculpted" collection has much to offer), Songs of Love and Loss is an essential purchase.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Greapt
Loved it.But then you wouldn't buy Roy harpers music on whim would you so!!! Singer songwriter poet,a wandering minstrel ,fantastic
Published 3 months ago by K. daisley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great soul and feeling
Really good variety of tracks on this compilation, all performed with such soul and feeling. What an artist!........and what a bargain price.
Published 6 months ago by Wishbone Rush
5.0 out of 5 stars Havent seen or heard of him sinceI was 18 now 63
However this album is just stunning so underrated should be headlining big venues, really something, Just as i remember him
Published 13 months ago by baz
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Harper CD
My husband was thrilled to receive this which took him back nearly 40 years to one of his favourite musicians of the era.
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. M. Lord
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this please
If you are interested in learning more about Roy Harper, this is as good as anything out there at the moment. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Graham Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars More Roy or hats and everything else off for Harper
This is a great double CD of Roy Harper songs. Again I owe it to my old school friend Adam Dale (circa 1970-yeah I'm an oldie and proud) for telling me about Roy Harper, it just... Read more
Published on 7 July 2012 by "Belgo Geordie"
5.0 out of 5 stars good to see Roy Harper on CD
This is a great cd. Hopefully more Roy Harper albums will be released now.
This arrived very promptly and with sensible packaging.
Published on 10 Nov 2011 by Mrs. L. A. Quinlan
5.0 out of 5 stars Roy Harper Album
A superb album. I have seen Roy live twice but have only previously bought Stormcock as I didn't really enjoy some of his other albums. Read more
Published on 9 Nov 2011 by sheepdog
5.0 out of 5 stars Peerless
Roy Harper at his best. Whilst I already have most of these tracks on vinyl, CD and digital I couldn't resist this package knowing that Roy had spent countless hours re-mastering... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by David R. Wood
5.0 out of 5 stars Unmissable remastered compilation
There's been (yet another) little surge in interest in Roy Harper's work in recent years. This has maybe stimulated the plan to re-release, digitally, 19 of Roy's 40+ years' worth... Read more
Published on 29 Sep 2011 by sonobuoy
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