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  • Audio CD (1 Mar. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fuse
  • ASIN: B00009P7L4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Product Description

1. Tim McGuire
2. Penny For the Guy
3. Palaces of Gold
4. We Sell Everything
5. Stand Up For Judas
6. Sing a Song To Please Us
7. She Was Crazy, She Was Mad
8. Not Quite But Nearly
9. Let Your Hair Hang Down
10. Don't Get Married, Girls
11. I Didn't Mean It
12. No-One Is Responsible
13. Still Is the Memory Green In My Mind
14. Whoever Invented the Fishfinger
15. Who Reaps the Profits? Who Pays the Price?
16. It Wasn't Me, I Didn't Do It
17. Bringing the News From Nowhere
18. The World Turned Upside Down

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Its just so... Thoughtfull? Contemplative? Hopefull? Well, it is anyway.

i was brought up on this kind of music, but when i was finally old enough to understand the more adult songs, rather than just love the childish ones for thier simplicity and charm, i finally realised how amazing this is.

Who Reaps The Profits? should be enough to turn anyone into a socialist, and... well.... if that doesnt persuade you, Palaces of Gold is one of the most beautiful, honest, haunting and ethereal songs I've ever known.

It takes skill to be able to be entirely truthfull about political and ethical issues, and yet still positive and beautiful.

but he's got it. 11/10.

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Leon is all these things. I first heard his writing in the early 1990s on WLRN's "Folk and Acoustic Music", which afaik is still on the air and undoubtedly still great. The song was "Stand Up for Judas", and the sheer audacity of the lyrics gave me chills. I couldn't find Rosselson's music locally though (this being, as I said, the early 1990s), so it was a very long time before I was able to get my hands on a Leon Rosselson recording. "Stand Up for Judas" still gives me chills, and nearly every song on this disc is wonderful. Possibly my favorite love song is "Not Quite - But Nearly", which manages to be equal parts very funny and very sweet.

For many (most?) of the songs on "Rosselsongs", you'll be cheating yourself if you don't actively listen to the words. Listen to "The World Turned Upside Down" and "Who Reaps the Profit, Who Pays the Price", just to name two. If you have a Christian background like me, "Stand Up for Judas" might give you chills too. "We Sell Everything" just might be the most subversive song I've ever heard, but I won't tell you why. You'll have to listen for yourself.

Leon Rosselson is a chronicler of people and movements who have been largely overlooked by history books. I had never heard of William Morris before hearing Rosselson's paean to him, "Bringing the News From Nowhere". I feel richer for having been made aware of Morris's life and work.

If you're a fan of folk music, music with an often-biting message, you'll love "Rosselsongs". I can also recommend "Guess What They're Selling at the Happiness Counter?", but "Rosselsongs" is definitely first place in my book.
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I have followed Leon Rosselsen for years the messages which he carries in his songs are awesome - Ever true to working peoples struggles
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Leon Rosselson is not exactly well known outside folk circles. Come to think of it, he's not that well known within folk circles. That's a real shame. Because he is arguably the best song writer Britain has produced since the war. Yes, seriously. He has a facility with words, an understanding of their possibilities, which can only be described as poetic. And he combines this with a penetrating eye and a sharp tongue, making his songs memorable, effective and thought-provoking. Even after 20 years, I can listen to `News from Nowhere', `The World Turned Upside Down' of `Palaces of Gold' over and over again with a tear of disappointed, old-labour sentiment dewing the corner of my eye, while others like `We Sell Everything' and `Sing a Song to Please Us' remain fresh and funny.

For anyone not fortunate enough to have discovered him yet, this is the ideal starting point - a sort of 'best of'. By turns witty, sarcastic, ironic, passionate and sentimental, it contains a fair selection of his best work. A number of them have been covered by better-known artists: Billy Bragg, Dick Gaughan, Martin Carthy, but these are the original versions. `The World Turned Upside Down', for example, was written as a ballad - slow, nostalgic, full of yearning - a real eye-opener for anyone who only knows Billy Bragg's rough and ready cover. There are a few others I could have wished on here - `Full Marx for Charlie' perhaps, and `The Saint', but we're into the realms of personal taste here - this is a good selection.

It won't be to everyone's taste. In particular, the traditional, old-school socialist sensibility will grate with some. But this is song writing of the highest order - whatever you think of the politics, stand back and admire the word play.
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HASH(0x8b476084) out of 5 stars You've never heard a songwriter this good 3 May 2012
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Honestly, listen to No-one is Responsible and tell me you can conceive of the talent required to write that song. First, it's a schematic of the social, political, and human behavior structures that reinforce the persistent threat of nuclear war. If you're a child of the 80s, that's appealing anyway, regardless of your politics (some of these, it helps if you're communist). It's not the typical naive hippy organizations are bad sort of screed. This is Dickens/Steinbeck level diagram of a complex problem.

Then the poetry. The only example that springs to mind is Eminem. The rhyme schemes, both internal and end of line are complex, shifting, but always apparent and catchy, and they utilize the rhythm of the song to seek out new and surprising places to rhyme. You kind of have to hear it as I'm dancing about architecture here, but I'll give you a snippet that sticks in my head as hilarious/brilliant:

There are just two guys who lie low
in each Titan missle silo.

Maybe that's not a good picture of how complex these get, but it's a zinger, and there are probably 100 in the whole song. My non-Rosselson favorite is from the Ramones - Teenage Labotomy:

Guess I'll have to tell 'em
That I've got no cerebellum

That would probably rank #8 in this song if it were included. Do yourself a favor. If you like Billy Bragg, Mr. Dylan, or honestly, even Eminem for the certain reasons, you will be bowled over. I can't believe this isn't shouted from the rooftops.
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