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Streets Of London - Best Of Extra tracks

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  • Audio CD (3 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Sanctuary
  • ASIN: B00000856H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Streets of London
  2. Hesitation blues
  3. Girl on a bicycle
  4. Clown
  5. Michael in the garden
  6. Blind Blake's rag
  7. Nanna's song
  8. Last train and ride
  9. England 1914
  10. The mermaid and the seagull
  11. Daddy's here
  12. Kew gardens
  13. Eightframes a second
  14. Mrs. Adlams's angel
  15. Kindhearted woman blues
  16. Spiral staircase
  17. Wait until the snow
  18. Rizraklaru
  19. The fairground
  20. Are you receiving me?
  21. Louise
  22. Granny takes a trip
  23. Too tight drag
  24. Sleepy time blues

Product Description

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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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Why do they insist on calling these collections of early McTell music 'Best of'? To date the man has recorded something in the region of twenty studio albums; this one covers his first three! The songs were all originally released during 1968-9 on the legendary Transatlantic label, and since then they have been repackaged regularly. Ralph was still finding his feet at this time, searching for direction, so it's no put down to say that his greatest work was yet to come.

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.
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Ralph Mctell's Streets of London is an album that will delight fans of this underrated folk singer. Always in the shadow of Clapton, Mctell delivers some great tunes (Kew Gardens, Mrs Adams Angels) and heart rending soul (Michael in the garden and Streets of London). Overall its a marvellous guitar album if you like this kind of thing.
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If, like me, you'd always loved the most famous of Ralph's tracks, "Streets of London" but never quite got round to checking out his other works then this album of 24 tracks is probably the ideal place to start.
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!
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Why do they insist on calling these repackages of Ralph's early material 'Best of'? The man has made something in the region of twenty studio albums; these recordings are all from his first three. Originally released during 1968-9, Ralph had yet to find his feet as a recording artist, so it is no put down to say that his best was yet to come.

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.
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I was going to say almost the same as the previous (1) review. The Best of Ralph was to come after this collection. I you want a real in-depth collection buy the "The Journey" the 4 cd box set. it;s brilliant and so is the sound1 failing that look out for "Silver Celebration" released in 1992. It's a pretty fair representation up to that year but then again his finest album was to come in 1995 "Sand in your Shoes".
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I must admit this was an impulse purchase based on the bargain price. I have listened to the album a couple of times and, whilst I enjoyed it, felt that there was something missing. A bit of detective work reveals the tracks are all from his early albums and, whilst Ralph's musicianship and excellent voice are in evidence, there is a lack of depth to the songwriting, backing performances and production/mixing (the double bass is very, very evident on some tracks) left me feeling a bit underwhelmed. That said I will look out for some of his later work (The album Easy is one I fondly remember from my vinyl days)
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Having hummed along to a few of the better-known Ralph McTell songs over the years, I finally thought that I should add him to my collection. The familiar songs instantly took me back to my youth ( not a straightforward journey these days) and I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the songs that I had not heard before. I wish that I had paid more attention years ago and bought some of his music earlier.
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What memories this CD brought back.I have not listened to anything by Mr McTell since 1971.
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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