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The Collection

20 Jun 2005

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  Song Title
Time
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1
Shawnee Town
3:48
2
First Cut Is The Deepest
3:33
3
Roving Gambler
3:37
4
This War May Last You For Years
2:50
5
Reuben's Train
2:52
6
Green Linnet, Grinning In Your Face
5:37
7
Moth
4:02
8
Moonshine
2:11
9
For Jessica, Sad Or High Kicking, My Dearest Dear
5:17
10
Stillness In Company
3:49
11
Essequibo River
4:55
12
Handsome Molly
2:25
13
Lakes Of Ponchartrain
3:39
14
Doney Girl
3:45
15
No Depression In Heaven
4:06
16
The Keel Row
2:39
17
Masters Of War
5:30

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 20 Jun 2005
  • Label: Shanachie
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 Shanachie
  • Total Length: 1:04:35
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  • ASIN: B00I1WUXGK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not definitve but pretty damn good anyway 1 Oct 2005
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Like any 'definitive' collection this one most decidedly isn't, in fact it's something of a ragbag - BUT it is most certainly excellent and while not the last word on Martin's career to date is a pretty good inroduction to what he does. There is a fine range of material here, all of it - bar the stomping 'Lakes of Ponchartrain' showcasing his quite remarkable ability as a guitarist (and occasionally banjo player). His voice is a more variable instrument veering between the rich and effective to the annoyingly whiney but even when the latter is the case his magnificent guitar playing more than compensates. It's the instrumentals, however, that really stand out, 'First Cut Is the Deepest' and 'Plains of Waterloo/James Connolly' in particular, though the songs 'Shawnee Town' and 'One More Day/Boots of Spanish Leather' are fine performances. Just occasionally his arrangements slip into the over-fussy ( the introduction to 'Clerk Sanders' for example ) but we can forgive him a few small lapses for such overall excellence. Highly recommended and only misses the five stars since I ( and probably most other fans ) would quibble about some of the items included here on a so-called definitive collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mellow 30 Dec 2012
By Steve
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Went to local gig only about 30 people and this guy rocked glad to see the CD lives up to my expectations from live.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wide imagination - and a fine record 25 Dec 2009
By Gareth Smyth VINE VOICE
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No "definitive" collection can be definitive but this is a fine record.

I came across Martin Simpson because he was doing a gig in a very small venue in Camden Town (near where I was living at the time), shortly after the 'Prodigal Son' album came out. Live in an intimate setting, he was captivating, and humble enough to talk to me afterwards a little.

He's in touch with where he began: he's from Lincolnshire, and that's very much part of him, as are his songs about his father. But his imagination is large - his instrumental rendition of 'James Connolly' (that's the Irish labour leader strapped wounded to a chair and executed after the 1916 uprising in Ireland) is poignant.

I'm told by people who understand these things he's a brilliant guitarist. He's also a great ballad singer.

If you already have a pile of Martin Simpson records, you won't have learned much from my review, and you may well also already have all the tracks on this compilation.

If you are new to Martin Simpson, buy it. The worst that can happen is that, once you've heard it, you buy all the other records. Surely one of the greatest English singers of our time.
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