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Songs For Swingin' Survivors [CD]

Mick Softley, Mick Softley Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Jan 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hux Records
  • ASIN: B0000BVM52
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. After The Third World War Is Over (Or How I Learnt To Live Without Myself)
2. The Bells of Rhymney
3. Strange Fruit
4. Blues For Cupid Green
5. All I Want Is A Chance
6. The War Drags On
7. Keep Movin' On
8. Jeannie
9. What Makes The Wind To Blow
10. I've Gotta Deal You Can't turn Down
11. West Country Girl
12. Plains Of The Buffalo

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First-ever CD release of UK singer/songwriter's 1965 album.

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4.0 out of 5 stars long term survivor! 5 Jan 2008
Format:Audio CD
Mick Softley helped start the 60s folk scene in Hertfordshire (and beyond) which resulted in Donovan; Maddy Prior(Steeleye Span) and many others including many wannabes. His voice which never needed a mic and his guitar style are both unique and usd to great effect on this his first album. True there are weaker tracks (Strange Fruit and Plains of the Buffalo)hence 4 stars Mick's own compositions more than make up for it - there should be a prize for knowing where Cupid Green is (Mick lived there for a while)

Mick could have been a star, possibly a major star but chose to live his life living in his van and singing for his supper and, at times, a bed for the night - my neighbours can testify to his singing at 4.00 am in my living room as loud as he would in a smoke filled club. Mick seemed happy, his audience was happy and then he vanished taking his music with him.

If you like 60s folk you will love this (also try Sunrise and Steet Singer on CD) If anyone can re-issue Any Mother doesn't Grumble the CBS set will be complete and Mick's many fans both old and new happy.

Good luck Mick - if you were to make more CDs the world would be a happier place.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Neglected Classic 4 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
If talent were the secret to success in the music business and not ambition, Mick Softley would probably have been a star. This 1965 release is an essential purchase for anyone interested in 1960s folk music, protest songs or just great singing. Softley was an early influence on Donovan who recorded his song The War Drags On - a protest classic which is still as fresh and outrageously relevant as the day it was written. Bob Dylan and Bert Jansch are other obvious comparisons. But Softley is an infinitely better singer than Dylan or Jansch and a better player than Dylan or Donovan, versatile enough to mix delicate finger picking with aggressive strumming to underpin his powerful vocals.

In a way, this album is a monument to a kind of folk-protest singing that was just about to go out of fashion as hippie psychedelia took over from the political concerns of the folk movement and Dylan 'went electric'. Later, Softley was to admit that he hadn't enjoyed the solitary aspects of making a solo album, but Songs For Swinging Survivors shows him as a leading light in the early 1960s UK folk scene. Softley's arrangement and performance of folk standards, especially The Bells of Rhymney - made famous by the Byrds - is often outstanding. Other covers include Strange Fruit and Woody Guthrie's The Plains of Buffalo. Softley was still developing his own writing voice, but some of the originals like Jeannie are fresh and distinctive.

I have given this album 4 stars instead of 5 solely because the mid 1960s political flavour dates the overall feel of the album and the balance between originals and covers isn't quite there. However, this album belongs in the library of every folk and acoustic fan.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware : This CD is sourced from vinyl 20 Feb 2004
By Anthony Shanahan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
It's nice to have this "Record" available after so long. Any British folk album from 1965 generally has some merit, and this is no exception. The first album by Mick Softley, and most of the tracks are original. Extensive liner notes mentioning various aspects of Mick's career, including record releases, early history and influences, and more recent news. The compiler is very excited about this eventually being available on CD. But not so excited about informing the music buying public that the sound comes from someone's 39 year old record.
Still, it's a relatively clean copy, and if you can't wait until someone finds the master tapes and does the job properly you won't be disappointed, now that you've been informed.
Four stars when they use the master tapes.
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