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The Minor Fall; The Major Lift
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2008
It's her singular focus on staying in the game that adds to the listening pleasure of this first-rate, musically eclectic 2CD career overview of the talented British singer-songwriter. Spanning 1971 to 2003, it journeys from the 16 year-old's big budget folk 'n strings Island debut with Terry Reid, Free and John Martyn to work of increasingly jazzy and Transatlantic leanings, surmounting the rump of punk in collaboration with progressive faves Wishbone Ash, Steve Howe and Jon & Vangelis, to relocate in the synth and tinkle of 'new age'. Whilst the contexts here for Hamill's work may not be to all tastes, there is no denying the quality of her writing, which shines throughout, aided by her revealing and rancour-free timeline notes. Ultimately, it's the Island titles 'One House Left Standing' and 'October' that you go back to. Young though she was the songs, performances and production soar with confidence and the almost anxious, dark-eyed gaze from her debut's cover has an adult's level challenge in it. There was indeed more to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2015
Claire Hamill is an artist that has shadowed around both rock and folk music from the late sixties on, her first album being in 1971,
Her music has always had a path of its own, never varying to the very extremes but always moving forward. Her influence is widespread, and her contribution to others and vis Vera are renowned. From Free, John Martyn to Terry Reid she has grooved and attracted others. She is from Middlesborough when her first album was released and has a dark folk like image of the docks and hard working people of the area.
Claire has release many albums, 9 I believe and if you need a shortcut to her music this is most definitely it, although buying her individual albums does give one much more to hear. But for a one stop shop this will keep the listener happy for a while, but I'm sure you will want more. There are, on this plenty of songs from all of Claire's repatuire to keep the listener well please, and all of the styles are incorporated, Jazz, Rock, Folk and Easygoing,The music rarely hits you head on, but sometimes it does bring the unorthodox out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 May 2009
Any album with the song Speedbreaker on it is worth getting. Claire Hamill was always on the verge of success, with albums such as Touchpaper and Voices always on the cusp of breaking out as hits, but worldwide acclaim was surprisingly absent.

Her albums usually had a few superb songs, a few duff ones and the rest was more than passable filler. However, it's the song Speedbreaker off her 1973 album October that reminds us of what she's capable of at her absolute best.

Vastly under-rated, have a listen - you'll be surprised.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2008
I have loved her music since I saw her in 1980 supporting Jon Anderson

This beautiful young lady came on stage with just an acoustic guitar and
play for 30 minutes. She was awesome.

Always remember the song "First Night n New York"

Personal tracks are from touchpaper and voices records.

If you like female singers with a deep sexy voice, try this cd it is a great insight into a singer with a very varied career. Her first album was released in 1971.

One moan, it would have been nice to have a third cd featuring her collusion with
Jon and Vangelis
Steve Howe
Wishbone Ash
and her own short lived group Transporter "Kids on the run"

Also the song "24 hours from tulsa" should be included
The cd cover features the picture of her from that record.

many thanks Claire for the music
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I was a fan of Claire Hamill in the 70s and saw her several times at Bradford St George's Hall. It's good to hear her lovely voice again and to hear her new stuff. Didn't like the voice instrumental too much but the rest good. Especially good to hear the stuff from her first two albums.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2011
I don't like singer songwriters much I like to hear plenty of cover versions.After all this is the most important thing you can do in music-to COVER.
Obviously some writers I DO like such as Claire Hamill but even she does covers now and again.
Though I'd heard of her in the 70s I really discovered her in the late 80s when her music was used on Doomsday-when she made the greatest version ever of Jerusalem- and then The Art of Landscape where the video for Someday we shall always be together was one of many used off the Voices album and got voted the favorite because of the penguins.A single was issued to emphasise this and included a vocal version on the B side.Her words but the music was from Pachelbel's Canon.
Claire had reinvented herself as a New Ager and my interest grew.
However in spite of all this mass plugging on national TV there was no evidence of her in the Guiness Book of Hit Singles as even existing.Very odd as Enya had cleaned up shortly after with the same kind of thing.
So it makes Claire the only artist in the World with over 40 years of recording never to have troubled a chart.
I'm also biased enough as to rate Claire Hamill because I've emailed her many times and got autographed copies of all her new works.She actually sent me a tape of the Voices album-which is rare on tape.
Her lack of chart success is no doubt disappointing to her but its actually an incredible achievement and in a sense she HAS had a hit via Eva Cassidy who covered one of her songs
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on 10 December 2014
Good addition to collection.
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on 1 February 2015
great introduction.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 September 2009
Josephine Claire Hamill's Greatest Hits Collection is all but that. it is a Career spanning retrospective look at all her styles, from folk, pop-rock,New Ageand even Jazz elements. Its an excellent set but fails to ignite my interest yet again. Her earlier stuff was much better. Strictly only for fans.
George Fazakas
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