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  • Audio CD (2 April 2012)
  • Collector's Edition edition
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B007CIM9IY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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I'm a Writer Not a Fighter - Gilbert O'Sullivan [CD]

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This album was released in 1973 following the amazingly original albums 'Back To Front' and 'Himself' released in 1972 and 1971. It seems the 70s are O'Sullivan's vintage era and it is astonishing he could keep writing so many songs of highest quality and originality. Like the previous album, this one includes, not only hit songs like 'Get Down' and 'Ooh Baby', but also heart-warming and memorable songs like 'Where peaceful waters fllow', 'Afriend of mine' and 'They've only themselves to blame'. One of the characteristics of this album is the unabashed sense of humour and striking melodies which go very well with the witty lyrics in the songs like 'I'm a writer not a fighter', 'Who knows perhaps maybe' and 'If you love me like you love me'. This is certainly one of the best albums by O'Sullivan.
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*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 REMASTERED REISSUE ***

"I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" is the 3rd release in a full-on reissue campaign by Salvo Records of the UK for Irish singer-songwriter Raymond Gilbert O'Sullivan. His UK debut album "Himself" from 1971 was relaunched in November 2011 and his second LP "Back To Front" from 1972 in February 2012 (both are reviewed separately). With fantastic new sound, four bonus tracks, quality packaging and a none-too steep price - legions of his fans worldwide will be thrilled to see that his MAM Records catalogue is finally receiving a thorough going-over (and like the others - this release is artist-approved too). Here are the scrapping details...

UK released Monday 2 April 2012 (10 April 2012 in the USA) - "I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" by GILBERT O'SULLIVAN on Salvo SALVOXCD003 (Barcode 698458050328) is an 'Expanded' Edition CD Remaster and plays out as follows (44:34 minutes):

1. I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter
2. A Friend Of Mine
3. They've Only Themselves To Blame
4. Who Knows, Perhaps Maybe
5. Where Peaceful Waters Flow
6. Ooh Baby [Side 2]
7. I Have Never Loved You As Much As I Love You Today
8. Not In A Million Years
9. If You Love Me Like You Love Me
10. Get Down
Tracks 1 to 10 are his third studio album "I'm A Writer, Not A Fighter" - released September 1973 in the UK on Mam Records MAM-SS 505 and October 1973 on Mam Records MAM 7 in the USA. It peaked at 101 on the album charts in America - but reached Number 2 in England.
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even the 3+1 bonus b sides are very good and the rest of this album is brill'.

originally on vinyl and cassette in 1973 when you got a proper slab of vinyl in those days and not a large thin black communion wafer. (i am not kidding you!).

sound quality is immaculate : warm and crisp at the top end.

G O'S's very best o/s album ie his Sgt Pepper album. perfect pop music before Thin Lizzy and U2 etc.

compulsory purchase to everyone outside of Oireland, beggorah.!

if he recorded 14 cuts in that session why the blazes didnt ho go on and make it a double album of 20 sounds.? its a mystery. silly boy.!

if G-O'S is actually reading this utter drivel then he should re-tour this album again sometime soon. its that good.
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I had this album on cassette, but was so happy to buy it as a CD. I never tire of Gilbert. Went to see him in York a few years ago and loved the concert. I think it's great that he's still going strong. Good on you Gilbert!
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Although I bear the same surname as Gilbert O'Sullivan I am not related
I believe this album to be his 'Beatles Revolver/Sgt Pepper'
Every track is as good as one would expect or be surprised with
Why on earth his music is not so easily available I just don't understand
This album gets a regular play
This is a definate 5 star piece of well crafted music
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Nowhere near as quirky and original as Himself but Gilbert packs a punch with a mixture of ballads and uptempo numbers. Nice to hear Gilbert using an electric piano to vary the textures. My only disappointment is the short length of the album. The longer song, 'Where Peaceful Waters Flow,' outstays its welcome. What makes the series of reissues welcome is the A and B sides of singles to add further value for money. 'Why Oh Why' and 'Good Company' are just as good as anything on the original album
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I simply cannot stop playing it.Got Life & rhymes and Off Centre in the 80s but never got this. I've wasted all this time waiting to hear this.I love it,cannot recommend it enough !
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I had been meaning to buy this for ages and it was lovely to hear songs I hadn't heard since we dispensed with our old record player. Still sounds as good as new!
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