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Sofa Noodling
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2012
This is great. Blues, rags, traditional tunes played in a relaxed slightly tongue-in-cheek way puts a big smile on my face. Nobody noodles like Ralph. He has a special touch, must be a happy man. Cheers me up anyway, and this CD will be on top of my pile for a long time
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 29 October 2012
Ralph has been highly regarded as a singer songwriter for a great many years but probably under-appreciated as the fine guitarist he is too. This is a record that many of his long-standing fans will have been waiting for.
He may lack the guitar wizardry of Graham, Renbourn, Taylor and Legg, amongst many others, but his playing is relaxed and easy to listen to and enjoy for long periods. A very accomplished guitarist, which of course his fans already knew. We have been waiting for him to demonstrate this and now he has in his typically laid-back style.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2012
As A totally biased customer who absolutely worships 99% of Ralphs Output, Can I, one might ask, realistically think I can review this objectively.
Well I think I can Q.E.D

So for anyone out there unaccustomed to Ralphs little ditys (they crop up all over his work) I would say this is an excellent starter for ten, especially if you are trying to learn some of the techniques.

Personally due mostly to inability, I could not imitate Ralphs Playing nor would I want to ever,Ralphs a one off Unique, broke the mold etc, I recall an ex neighbour of mine A guitar teacher telling me that you need to learn to play in your own style and forget about Jimi Hendrix and sadly Ralph too!.

I'm Still strumming the chords ever hopeful of devine intervention and intuitive brilliance,I think not!.

For my money as a collector with almost everything Ralph has ever done I naturally resent repetition like "Leahs Favourite" but to make up for it we do have a reworked "Barnes Morris" similarly "That'll Do Babe" has been reworked,Ralph does vary session to session and I think rendition also reflects the mood at the time it was cut, I like the inclusion of instrumental versions of "Still In Dreams" "Sleepy Time Blues" and "Pity the Boy".

My favourite today is "Anji & Lullaby of Birdland" Which Ralph likes to affectionately call Lullaby Of Bert Land, in memory and tribute to Bert Jansch, a sad loss to the folk scene and as it happens personally to Mr May.

I am well pleased to here Davey Grahams "Anji" Revived in a Ralph Stylie, I like all interpretations Berts I think included several hundred extra notes which he crams in there somehow! But You can never better the Master, Glad to see Davey Graham but pack up there on an Innovatory pedestal.

I am overjoyed to see that Ralph Recorded this CD at Woodlane Studios Par, in my beloved Kernow, Devon knows kernow is best, so nice to see he's giving the locals a chance.

But I had high hopes for he's Kitchen at Home, maybe we will see that in Volume two, so no pressure Ralph make it so.

Lastly have to end on a minus note, Like "As Far As I Can Tell" Sofa Noodling shares the same problem, the meta data does not appear to be on the MSN web site, just who's fault any of this is I do not know, suffice to say it's very frustrating, it does not just stop there some of this is, me thinks, down to the vagories of Microsofts Media player, if you make the stupid mistake of clicking on the "Update Album Info" link, it happily wipes all your data then refuses to admit it exists anymore!, what fun, so another hour re inputting the data for the fourth time.

But ignoring the moaning minies of this World (me) do go and buy it,even found the artwork when I imported it into Itunes, so not all is lost.

To be honest, I am finding apart from the odd programming blips, ITunes is a better all round media play anyway IMHO.

And this is from someone who hated Itunes at first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 November 2012
I just read a dictionarial definition of the adjective 'consummate' as 'supremely accomplished or skilled'. Right then, that definition will do nicely.

This all-instrumental album from one of the UK's consummate songwriters and word-smiths is a characteristically self-effacing offering of guitar artistry, in that it's actually a showcase of considerable dexterity and expression on the acoustic guitar. More than that, it is suffused with good humour in the delivery and demonstrates Ralph's highly proficient fretwork (not, not that kind...), whilst at the same entertains. Never does he stray into the grimpen mire of being simply a technician of the instrument, playing it by the numbers.

Just listen to the characteristic McTell 'bounce' on 'Housewives' Choice' for instance; a happy, freewheeling ragtime-y piece with a hint of swing in there. And whilst the track listing is a happy mixture of standards and originals, the standards included here have acquired added value; Davey Graham's classic 'Anji' acquires an extended, augmented section that lifts it from the minor (key) to the major in an irresistibly toe-tapping way, and is a fitting tribute to the late Bert Jansch for whom it was a signature piece.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2012
I heard one track from this on Radio 2 recently and bought this, hoping the whole album might be as good as the track they played. I wasn't disappointed! I don't know enough about the technicalities to pass comment but I do recognise sheer musicianship when I hear it. This may be the best album I have ever bought!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2013
I had an very early vinyl Atlantic sampler of ragtime guitar music and ine of the players was Ralph McTell. It was good then and to find this new recording was a pleasure. He has a delicate touch and there's a snes of humour behind his playing; with some steel string acoustic players the technique is more dominant than the music and the feeling. This CD has the right balance. Now to try and coipy just one bar would be an achiveement.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I heard music from this CD being played over the PA at a recent festival, and was pleasantly surprised to find it was Ralph McTell's work. Besides having had a lengthy career as a songwriter and performer, he's also an adept acoustic guitarist, and his skills on the instrument are showcased nicely in this collection. As the title suggests, the emphasis is on intimacy and a relaxed setting: wanting to capture the informality of his messing - or noodling - around on the guitar, he moved an old sofa into the studio and recorded these pieces whilst slouching on it. The result is an engaging, entertaining set of instrumentals - blues, rags and traditional-sounding tunes - which is a delight to listen to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 30 January 2013
I bought this as a gift for my father but the whole family enjoyed it. Not in any way disappointing not to have lyrics - you just get lost in the very clever guitar work!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 December 2012
Oh Ralph, you haven't changed in the many years we have been following you. You were brilliant in person at Ulverston Coronation Hall and this CD is just fantastic from its' name to the wonderful guitar playing.
If anyone enjoys the guitar then this is the CD for you - even without your singing, so relaxed and such fun. OH, and it has encouraged my partner to give her guitar a try after quite a few years.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 19 May 2014
It's Ralph McTell. Playing his guitar. Mostly recorded on a sofa. Really, what's not to like? McTell is one of the greatest British folk artists, and a superb guitarist, so it's a gift to have an entire instrumental album of this. Always relaxed, always with a touch of good humour, varied material and techniques, played with apparent effortlessness. Very easy to listen to for long periods. What's not to like?
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