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The Definitive Collection

Ralph McTell Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (3 Dec 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Highpoint Recordings
  • ASIN: B000Y9PHWI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,740 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Streets Of London
2. Love Grows
3. Bentley And Craig
4. Scarborough Fair
5. The Setting
6. Arthur Blake
7. Stealin'
8. From Clare To Here
9. Summer Girls
10. Sand In Your Shoes
11. You Make Me Feel Good
12. Pepper And Tomatoes
13. Can't Be Satisfied
14. Easter Lillies
15. Pretty Boy Floyd
16. Keeping The Night At Bay

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One of Britain's finest singer songwriters and a great storyteller, Ralph McTell is now celebrating 40 years as a travelling musician. McTell is known throughout the world for his virtuoso guitar style and his remarkably sensitive songwriting. With a gentle approach that invites you into a unique world, he weaves a narrative that is both significant and poignant. This collection draws together a definitive selection of McTell's finest songs including the hit single version of his most famous composition – "Streets Of London" – which is not on any other budget compilation. His recording history started with three albums for Transatlantic records in the late 1960s followed by a spell on Warner's Reprise label. He formed his own label in the '80s and claimed back all his recordings aside from the Transatlantic material. He continues an active recording life to this day. This is the only budget price collection of RALPH McTELL's post-Transatlantic material and will be of great interest to newcomers and casual fans alike and is unlike anything else available in the marketplace. Tracks: Streets Of London (Hit Single Version) / Love Grows / Bentley and Craig / Scarborough Fair / The Setting / Arthur Blake / Stealin' / From Clare To Here / Summer Girls / Sand In Your Shoes / You Make Me Feel Good / Peppers And Tomatoes / Can't Be Satisfied / Easter Lillies / Pretty Boy Floyd / Keeping The Night At Bay.

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ralph since the hit 7 Dec 2007
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At last a budget-priced CD of Ralph's post Transatlantic work. With so many songs to choose from, the choice of material must have been difficult, but the compiler has nevertheless done a pretty good job. Predictably the album starts with the hit, (well it had to, didn't it), and this is the earliest song on the album from 1975. All of the major albums are covered in what follows, which results in a set which is about as varied as they come. Most are self-penned, but there are also songs from three of his tribute albums, including Woody Guthrie's Pretty Boy Floyd. There are a couple of nice touches to this collection: Scarborough Fair is out for the first time on CD, and I was pleased that they had opted for the unplugged live version of Peppers and Tomatoes. One minor gripe is that quite a few of the tracks were included on the recently released boxed set 'The Journey'. While some repetition is inevitable,there are several instances where an alternative track from the same album would have served just as well, if not better. The sleeve notes are adequate; the album from which each track is taken is stated, and there are illustrations of all the original album covers. All in all a pretty good package, especially recommended to anyone who has purchased one of the many Transatlantic years compilations and would like to discover how Ralph's work progressed.
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I have been a Ralph McTell fan for decades and have most of his albums and have seen him perform live quite a few times at intimate venues where he willingly sits at a table, signs CDs etc and also spends time chatting to his fans for a long time after the show has ended. However there is one song he rarely sings these days which I really love, and which is the main reason I have bought this album. Almost all of the other songs I have on various albums but my favourite is a song called 'Easter Lillies' which fortunately is included in this diverse collection. I spoke to Ralph about this song last year and he kindly told me who the woman in this song is based on. He told me quite quietly so I'm unsure if he wishes it to be known who she is, but just in case he doesn't I will keep this knowledge to myself ! Enjoy the whole album but pay special attention to 'Easter Lillies' then make a note of the lyrics and then sit and read them quietly and I hope like me you find them enigmatic and quite sad. It's so good to have this 2007 collection of his songs as they cover many years of his songwriting and so are varied in content and there is something to please every fan. xopm
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3.0 out of 5 stars worth it for 1 song 18 Sep 2009
By Bill
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I bought this just for one track actually - and it's worth every penny just for that. It's a song I recorded off the radio, onto cassette tape, many years ago, which I often listed to while working abroad, alone.

I saw Ralph McTell at Cropredy this year and hoped he'd play it. Along with a stranger standing next to me, we almost wept with joy at the opening strains of "From Clare to here". My estranged Irish fan concurred how the song so accurately reflected the plight of the early Irish Navvies, a long way from home.

It might be a reason why we went to Clare a view years ago, and by pure chance, I married a Clare as well!

I haven't really got into the rest of the album yet, but I play this one song a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph McTell The Definitive Collection 28 May 2013
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A good mix of the old and the not-so-old. A varied collection of songs showing Ralph's versatile playing and singing. He continues to show what a good songwriter and performer he is.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ralph McTell 4 Jun 2013
By Derek Q
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Delighted with this CD.Remember Streets of London coming on stream.Saw him live back then.Listen to it you will not be disappointed
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Loive Ralph!! 7 Aug 2010
By Mrs B
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You know what you get with Ralph... Im a fan. Not the greatest of his Greatest but its good value for money though. A Nice Man (Ive met him) an excellent singer /songwriter...always leaves my Soul fed when i hear his songs!! Good value
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brought back memories 7 Dec 2013
By Painter
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Saw Ralph live recently when he sang for about l hour 40 minutes without a break. Wonderful mixture of songs and moods with the most famous of all about half way through. Streets of London will live forever. v.s.
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4.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 1 Nov 2013
By charles
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I HAVE ONLY PLAYED TODAY AND I THINK IT QUITE GOOD IT CAME IN GOOD CONDITIONAND ON TIME THAT GOOD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars One big number and a few good songs!
I bought this having seen Ralph in concert the previous week mainly for "The streets of London" and despite the fact that other than the big number being the only one I'd... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Peter Hiorns
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
Ralph is a great artist and this album is worthy of any CD collection, I would highly recommend this CD
Published 9 months ago by Ricky Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars ralph MCTELL
Great, bought it for a firend she loved it , it reminded her of her younger years !
a good listen , very enjoyable
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. I. Aspinall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great, one of our best singer/songwriters. Good listening. Great guitarist rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb rhubarb
Published 16 months ago by Vivski
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
Good to finally have a collection of Ralph McTell and especially with the lovely "Clare to Here" as well as, of course, the legendary "Streets of London". Read more
Published 17 months ago by DR_KIlsyth
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice
This is a good music for sure. Really good to listen to, easy listening with great guitar work. Well worth having .
Published on 20 Oct 2011 by Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars another excellent buy
what an appropriate buy for a friend who just loves Ralph-suggest others buy and enjoy- easy listening and great to sing along to, whatever you are doing
Published on 29 April 2010 by Ms. Joanne Lancaster
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