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Earth Song, Ocean Song [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (30 Jun. 1992)
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000EFRN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
I managed to get a 2nd hand copy of this fine album on vinyl and have been trying to get a CD copy ever since, with no luck unfortunately! I think this one is undoubtedly her best album from the 'Apple years'. Ms Hopkin is allowed to do what she does best and to perform for us material that's far better suited to her. It comes over in the emotion and love that's clear in her voice. It's a beautifully simple and acoustic affair - guitars, strings, harmonium, flutes, etc., lovely. Mssrs McTell, Stevens, Paxton, Gallagher & Lyle, amongst others, provide the material.
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This is Mary's highly acclaimed but much overlooked 1971 follow up to her Apple Records debut 'Postcard' and for me stands head and shoulders above its predecessor.

The album, produced by her then husband Tony Visconti, boasts some of the best singer songwriters of the day, including Ralph McTell, Cat Stevens and Gallagher & Lyle. Mary's interpretations of Ralph's 'Silver Birch & Weeping Willow' and bonus cut `Kew Gardens' are exquisite. The combination of Mary's pure voice and acoustic arrangements is close to perfection.

If you liked the hits 'Those Were The Days' or 'Think About Your Children' then you will love this album which shows there is definitely "something about Mary ......."

The album is nicely packaged with original artwork and extensive sleeve notes and a welcome taster for Mary's first recording of new material in over 20 years, called `You Look Familiar', which has just been released on MHM records. I'm pleased to say she is sounding better than ever and keeping things bang up to date with this long overdue album produced by her son Morgan Visconti.
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Format: Audio CD
One of the great things that the Beatles did was to establish Apple records. Not only did they record on this label, but they used it to record and promote other British artists such as Cilla Black and Mary Hopkin. This has always been my favourite Mary Hopkin album because it is very poetic and soulful in tone. Mary has a lovely voice which is showcased here on such diverse songs as 'Martha' - 'who tore her life apart and left it for the rats to find ?' and her haunting cover of 'Streets of London'.

If you like poetic lyrics, haunting melodies or simple singing with guitar then this is an album for you.

P.S I live in Australia, and I can tell you that finding and getting this CD was easy and quick.
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I always liked Mary Hopkin's rich, melodic voice and recently bought this album. It's so much better than the mediocre jingly songs that she became known for and displays the range of her voice much more effectively. Nothing quite compares with her stunning rendition of Beyond the Fields We Know (on the 'King of Elfland's Daughter' album), where the power, emotion and depth of her singing are amazing. But this superb collection will certainly get lots of time on my CD player.
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Format: Audio CD
Nice to finally have this well remastered album on CD! This certainly is her best album on Apple. Very nice production from Tony Visconti. Great songs. Nice playing. What more could you want ? Well......... altough the bonustracks are very nice indeed, where's the 'knock knock who's there' single from the same period? It's also not available as a digital download. So shame on apple for this missed opportunity.

In the meantime: enjoy this album as much as possible!
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This is Mary at her wonderful best, with her crystal clear voice perfectly suited to the folk orientated songs on this underrated, underplayed album. Cat Stevens, Ralph McTell, Gallagher & Lyle songs; producer Tony Visconti.
Personally, I think including pop songs would have been a mistake, as this album reflects Mary's choice of music at that time -similar to the B sides of some of her hits - so it's perfect as it is.
Thirty years on, it sounds as fresh as ever. Buy it! (Also consider her 2010 album with son Morgan Visconti - different but equally enjoyable)
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Mary's second album i bought this originally on vynal she has such a sweet beautiful voice, it is an album full of folk songs which fits her voice perfectly. Yes i would recommend this album.
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A seriously under-recorded singer (her choice), Mary Hopkin recorded just two albums for Apple, plus a few extra tracks, while her recordings before and since have been few and far between. I get the impression that while Mary enjoyed singing, she wasn't keen on the music business and the compromises that she had to make. With this album, Mary was apparently allowed to record the kind of album that she wanted to record. It no doubt helped that she fell in love with the record's producer and they married later that year.

This 2010 re-issue contains the ten tracks released on the original LP, plus three other tracks, these being the two sides of a 1971 single (Let my name be sorrow / Kew Gardens) and a track recorded for possible use on the original album, When I am old one day.

The original tracks include two tracks each by three folk singer-songwriters although Ralph McTell is the only one of them that I recognize. He had a huge British hit in the mid-seventies with Streets of London, a song that he had included on one of his early albums. Mary's version of that famous song appears here, along with her cover of Ralph`s Silver birch and weeping willow. Ralph also wrote one of the bonus tracks, Kew Gardens. I lived in Kew for a few months, within walking distance of the gardens, and sometimes visited them. Botany is not my area of expertise, but it was more interesting than anything I could see within walking distance of my Leicester home.

As I write this review, I haven't heard of Harvey Andrews (writer of There's got be more, Martha and the bonus track When I am old one day) or Liz Thorsen (writer of the two title tracks) but Mary's choice of these songs makes me want to hear their own music.
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