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  • Audio CD (30 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B000SNSUKG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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Martin Simpson is the complete natural musician, but his virtuosity on the guitar has often tended to unfairly overshadow his vocal and interpretive powers. His new album PRODIGAL SON demonstrates his further growth as a player, singer and composer, with an eclectic mix of British and American traditional and composed songs as well as some stunning compositions of his own. He has also brought in musicians of superb calibre to enhance the recording. Kate Rusby and Kellie While add backing vocals, there is Danny Thompson on bass and Andy Cutting on accordion and the great Jackson Browne adds vocals to Martin's masterful take on the Randy Newman classic, "Louisiana 1927", a tribute to New Orleans where he lived for several years. Other highpoints are his own compositions "Never Any Good" which he wrote for his father and the instrumental piece "Mother Love" written for his daughter Molly. Housed in a striking digipack, with outstanding photography by David Angel, the complete package is Martin's best to date.

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Prodigal Son is the latest album from British folk singer-songwriter Martin Simpson, a man whose musical career has spanned four decades and shows no sign of slowing down. A master of the guitar and dedicated folk-magpie, this album brings together what Simpson does best, blending as it does interpretations of traditional songs from Europe and America with his own compositions, all delivered in glorious, silky, finger-style acoustic guitar. This is not to say that the acoustic is the only string to his bow; through the album Simpson shows his virtuosity with the electric, the lap-slide and even some good ol' huck-a-cluck banjo work on the American folk standard "Good Morning Mr. Railroad Man".

Simpson's vocal delivery often gets overlooked in the rush to praise his guitar playing and can be deceptively simple. This is because it fits its subject matter so well that it blends into the edifice perfectly; a relaxed and gentle timbre which nonetheless carries with it whatever freight of emotion he wishes it to in an effortless way.

Also, while this is technically a solo album, musical and vocal support is very much in evidence. The supremely talented Barry Phillips adds his cello playing, Andy Cutting his melodaeon and Alistair Anderson his concertina (the wonderful La Rivolte) and Northumbrian pipes. Vocal guests include the stellar Jackson Browne, Kellie While and Kate Rusby. The absolute highlight and centerpiece of this album though is a song Simpson wrote about his father, "Never Any Good".

This is a classic folk album with a good injection of Americana and originality; it is composed and graceful while still holding a powerful emotional charge and is a good indication that Simpson is a man in the prime of his creative life. --Harry Holgate

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I am a serial Martin Simpson reviewer - I have now bought 5 of his wonderful albums, and I have reviewed them all. Simply put, I love the arrangements, I LOVE the guitar playing and most of all I love the wonderful songs, which Martin Simpson seems to inhabit as he sings them, allowing the power of these tales of love, life, betrayal and death to show through.

"Prodigal Son" features a wonderful mix of instrumental and vocal pieces, and on this album the material featured is a mix of American and British traditional repertoire. My favourites (at the moment) are "The Granemore Hare", a haunting song about a local hunt, and the hare they are hunting. "Little Musgrave" - my absolute favourite without doubt - a wonderful song about 2 illicit lovers killed by a jealous husband - its a powerful story, and Martin Simpson plays and sings it perfectly - it brings a tear to my eye every time. "Duncan & Brady" is a simple blues ballad featuring guitar playing that is anything but simple, and is one of the most infectious tunes I have heard in a long while.

This album features several Simpson originals too, and they seem very close to his heart - a song thanking his father for being who he was, a love letter and a tune about the death of his mother - they are what make this album different from recent releases, and for me at least they are a welcome addition.

I can put on a Martin Simpson album at any time, and within a few moments I'm transported - all troubles forgotten, immersed in the music. He understands this music better than almost anyone else around, and a lifetime playing and singing it have given him a wonderfully easy presentation. This is his best album yet in my opinion.
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MARTIN SIMPSON released this cd in 2007 and at the time it got alot of airplay on BBC RADIO2. Theres 15tracks of gr8 folk played in different styles. My fave is LITTLE MUSGRAVE which is gr8 then some. First saw MARTIN SIMPSON in concert in the 1980,s at a folk club in GRANTHAM LINCOLNSHIRE with about 50 other people and his geetar blew me and the others away. This cd cost me about £2-£3 which is gr8 for a folk cd which can be dear. If u want a gr8 geetarist get it, if u want a gr8 folk cd get it, even if u think folk is not for you then u might be surprised then get it.
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Martin Simpson's unequalled guitar technique has now begun to take its place with a quality of lyric and voice, rather than being there just to dazzle, which it always has.
This is a truly great album rewarding repeated listening. There are many and varied excellent songs here, as well as some enchantingly beautiful instrumentals.
Notably there are very welcome new versions of three traditional favourites - 'Lakes of Champlain', 'Little Musgrave' and 'Andrew Lammie' - which stand comparison with any version heard in forty years by this reviewer.
Martin's fabulous self-penned songs here are almost eclipsed by his 'Never Any Good' - quite simply a mucking fasterpiece!
Unless you happen to be of that unfortunate species, for whom folk music is like fingernails on glass, 'Prodigal Son' is compulsory.
No, I mean, don't think about it, buy it NOW! I promise you won't regret it.
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As you would expect, yet another masterpiece from Martin Simpson. This guy's amazing talent makes you want to listen to his music over, and over, and over again. There are some real gems on this album and I would recommend this to anyone
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Yet again Martin,"The Maestro" Simpson shows us mear mortal guitarists how to combine light and shade.Many accoustic guitar CD's whilst good technically, can leave you cold.
Everything that Martin plays comes from the heart and is of unimpeachable quality.
I have been a fan for many,many years and he continues to go from strength to strength.
In a word - "Mighty"
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By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 April 2008
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We saw MS playing a Wiltshire school hall last Saturday night, where the spell he cast over the rapt audience was palpable. To be able to capture a crowd for the whole of the evening is extraordinary, especially when you consider it's "just" his voice and his guitar playing that's on display. But, as anyone who's ever seen him play live (this was my fourth time) will tell you, his ability on the guitar is nothing short of magical, while his distinctive style of singing is ideally suited to traditional material.

Put the two together, and something remarkable happens, as he's able to keep the rhythm of the accompaniment precise as he stretches and compresses the timing of the song. This is nowhere better demonstrated than in his reading of "Little Musgrave" (included on this CD), which he used as an opener on Saturday; I felt tears start into my eyes as he skillfully spelt out the dreadful ancient story with complete authority.

All of his skills are well displayed on this excellent collection as he interprets traditional ballads ("The Granemore Hare") and Americana ("Duncan & Brady"), and presents new original songs (including the heartrending "Never Any Good"). He's backed up by some stellar musicians (including harmonies from Kate Rusby, Kellie While and Jackson Browne), but they never detract from the things that take centre stage throughout: that voice, and that guitar.
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