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Initial post: 2 Dec 2012 18:01:41 GMT
Sparky says:
This Al of course, UK's answer to Paul Simon.
Love Chronicles
Must be due an award, Best Modern British Folk Artist or something. Any favourites? any bedsitter ballad will do me.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 18:17:40 GMT
Remember that album well Sparky, but Stewart in the same league as Simon, surely not!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 19:07:11 GMT
Sparky says:
You're not saying who is in the Premier league Cornish, but I think I can guess ;-)
Seriously though, if I had to lose one or the other from my collection it would be a tough choice. Al possibly connects more with my mood most of the time and his earlier works have the same appeal as they did 40 years ago for me.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 19:12:29 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Year of the Cat kept cropping up on the voting threads and I realised I didn't know anything else of his so I've just bought A Piece of Yesterday - The Anthology. I like it a lot but I don't think I need any more of his, at least until I've got through the wish list.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 19:26:27 GMT
FDJ says:
Bury Your Roots by Kamchatka,great album full of superb riffs and great songs.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 19:29:39 GMT
Derek W. says:
I think you're in the wrong thread FDJ.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 19:31:43 GMT
Derek W. says:
Sparky - Love Chronicles has been, and remains, one of my favourite albums over the years, along with Past, Present and Future. If I had to choose between Al and Paul, I reckon I'd go with Al.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 20:04:57 GMT
very much so - saw him live in Brum two years back and he was excellent - underestimated, year of the cat gave alot of folk the wrong idea about him...heres a current spooky favourite (one he didn't write the word for) - My Enemies Have Sweet Voices (2007 - Remaster) - see ?

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 20:05:09 GMT
Sparky says:
Yo' da man, Derek.
How about lines 5/6 here to stop you in your tracks (better with Al's delivery though):

Anna turns out the light
Sits down alone
The echo of his foot on the stair
Turning to stone

No, he didn't take very much
Just your flesh from the bone
It's gonna be hard for a while
Trying to get by on your own

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 20:08:54 GMT
TheFoe says:
Anyone remember Al? Yeah I remember her, she was the lead singer of Yazoo. ;-)

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 20:18:55 GMT
Sparky says:
Actually, didn't Paul Simon write 'You Can Call Me Al'.
If that's not an endorsement I don't know what is.
(Foe, you know what you can do with your yazoo mate :-) )

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 20:29:38 GMT
TheFoe says:
Ha ha!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 20:51:38 GMT
I guess Simon's songs (all of the ones on The Paul Simon Songbook) used to be the ones that I'd play and sing (if you could call it that) back in the 60s, and I could relate well to the lyrics, as I did to Dylan's. Whilst I really enjoyed Al's early work, I never related to it in the same way - he was always the poor relation/the lightweight to Roy Harper in this country IMO.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 21:04:44 GMT
Sparky says:
OK, I couldn't really argue too much against Simon, he's an acknowledged mega-talent. One thing though (and I've mentioned this before) whenever I've seen/heard live footage/recordings it has always been a little disappointing considering he can attract the finest musicians known to man. Sometimes him or the band or both don't seem to quite hit the notes. Never been able to afford to go to a live Simon concert!

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 21:20:04 GMT
I've never seen him either Sparky, but I did know a guy who played with him at the (long defunct) Exeter Art College Folk Club when he was over here in the early 60s. Of course he was a nobody then, just playing where he could around the UK.

His Paul Simon: Graceland - the African Concert [DVD] [1986] certainly was a great concert IMO.

Posted on 2 Dec 2012 22:09:18 GMT
I thought you were talking about this fine home brewed Al - Feztastic

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Dec 2012 22:54:04 GMT
Val H. says:
Crikey - look at the prices! I paid around nine quid when I bought mine a few years back. One of the best live concerts (IMHO).
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