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on 12 July 2010
There are several of Martin Simpson's recent album's reviewed on this site. They've all got rave reviews, but I've made comments elsewhere that his recent studio albums are just too sanitized. This album is streets ahead of any of them. The sound is great the performances magical, inventive passionate, lyrical and alive, and it all sounds very fresh, replete with the magic ingredient that oh so clever modern studio production doesn't provide - ambience. Every track is good, but Plains of Waterloo/James Connolly, Boots of Spanish Leather, Granmore Hare are outstanding; and Highway 61 and Spoonfull are simply awesome. Buy this and be blown away. Shame you can't give more than five stars, because it's certainly worth more.
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on 24 January 2013
I only discovered this album fairly late into Martin Simpson "fandom", having started with some of his more produced albums such as Prodigal Son and Righteousness and Humidity. Much as I enjoy those, I have to say that this has become far and away my favourite album by what is arguably my favourite (folk) musician. Simpson offers a highly engaging combination of blues-guitar wizardry and pensive ballads, with several standouts (Jasper Songbird/Spoonful, Highway 61, One More Day/Boots of Spanish Leather among others) amid a very solid overall offering. The focus here is definitely more on Simpson's Americana/Blues of his old-world-new-world balancing act, slide guitar and string bends over airs and reels, but then you probably gathered that from the name of the album already.

If you like Martin Simpson and don't hate blues, or if you like blues and don't hate Martin Simpson, you really have no excuse not to own this.
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on 8 October 2013
In my opinion this is Martin Simpson's best album. It shows the qualities of M. S. better than any other album I have heard so far (including his latest album "Vagrant Stanzas"). My favourite title is the Medley "One More Day/Boots of Spanish Leather".

Wer Martin Simpson von seiner besten Seite kennen lernen will, sollte dieses Album kaufen. Es zeigt Martin Simpsons Qualitäten am besten. Es ist einfach GUT!
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on 16 February 2010
This is as usual a fantastic album from Martin Simpson. It's nearly all live with Martin's customary stellar guitar playing -particularly impressive on "One More Day"/"Boots of Spanish Leather" and "Jasper Songbird"/"Spoonful" Admittedly he's not the best singer in the world, but that is a small price to pay for his virtuosity.Highly recommended
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on 4 March 2011
i keep on playing album and especially like the versions of highway 61 and spoonful. would recommend to anyone who appreciates or plays guitar.
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on 14 July 2015
Not a Bootleg at all as it was put together by simpson himself.Recorded in 1999 in American clubs its the best live simpson cd there is.
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on 15 March 2012
A lovely collection of songs and tunes from the master of the guitar and his time spent in America. Slow and easy, they just suck you in and leave you wanting more. Wonderful value-for-money.
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on 8 October 2011
A good mixture of live and reworked standards with a few songs that I have not heard before- a good listen, evne better when on shuffle
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on 1 August 2010
Hadn't heard this CD took a chance and found it superb guitar playing and folk songs. Most recommended
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