Streets Of London - Best Of Extra tracks
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A collection of Ralph Mctell’s greatest recordings for the legendary Transatlantic label. Taken from his first three album originally released in 1968 and 1969 and including the original recording of the massive hit single “Streets Of London”
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So, what's actually on this collection? To be fair it's pretty good value, containing 23 out of a total of 38 available recordings from this period. It does include 'Streets of London', but not the hit version, which came about six years later. The compilers do seem to have tried to include a truly representative selection from this period, and one or two of the more obvious songs have been ommited to make room for some seldem heard recordings. All the songs here are self-penned, althought the original albums contain a number of covers. These were recorded either at the request of his record company, or as a genuine tribute to his musical heroes, but their ommision is no great loss-the former were generally dreadful, the latter have often been done better since.
If you're interested in this period of Ralph's career you can't really go wrong at this price. Two of the three original albums have never been released in their entirety, and the third, (Spiral Staircase), Is likely to be quite difficult to find.
Although none of the other 23 tracks are as memorable as the opening "Streets of London" they do make up a pleasant little mix of acoustic folk and guitar blues. The style of most of the tracks is just Ralph and his guitar although some of the songs do feature some background orchestrations and backing singers.
The overall feel is very much like Cat Stevens or The Humblebums with the nature and subject of the tracks swinging from the melancholy of lost love to the quirky dreaminess of seemingly drug induced trips!
At this price? With 24 Tracks? Can't be bad!
So, what of this collection? All the usual suspects are here, including 'Streets of London', but not the hit version which came about six years later. Unfortunately it also includes the dreadful 'Granny Takes a Trip', a cover Ralph was presurised into recording by his record company. At this price you may say 'why complain?' Well, simply because there are now better low price compilations of this period available.
I was instantly transported back to an age of various types of superb music , brilliant bands and very talented individuals.
Ralph McTell is so easy to listen to,theres no chance of disappointment
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Streets Of London still a karaoke classic Great value CD Will sing it very soonPublished 5 months ago by Paul Allen Singing Referee