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A wide imagination - and a fine record,
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This review is from: The Definitive Collection (Audio CD)
No "definitive" collection can be definitive but this is a fine record.
I came across Martin Simpson because he was doing a gig in a very small venue in Camden Town (near where I was living at the time), shortly after the 'Prodigal Son' album came out. Live in an intimate setting, he was captivating, and humble enough to talk to me afterwards a little.
He's in touch with where he began: he's from Lincolnshire, and that's very much part of him, as are his songs about his father. But his imagination is large - his instrumental rendition of 'James Connolly' (that's the Irish labour leader strapped wounded to a chair and executed after the 1916 uprising in Ireland) is poignant.
I'm told by people who understand these things he's a brilliant guitarist. He's also a great ballad singer.
If you already have a pile of Martin Simpson records, you won't have learned much from my review, and you may well also already have all the tracks on this compilation.
If you are new to Martin Simpson, buy it. The worst that can happen is that, once you've heard it, you buy all the other records. Surely one of the greatest English singers of our time.