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Love and Affection
on 13 December 2009
Quite why the other 2 reviewers have given 2 star reviews just because some of these tracks are previously released is a mystery - this is a well publicised fact.
Genuine Gerry Rafferty fans will be grateful for any new recordings whatsoever and these are appreciated as he is and always has been a recluse and more so in recent years due to well publicised ill health problems.
The album features 18 tracks of which 12 ( 7 are new edits ) are culled from his 3 albums over the last 20 years ( no-one said Gerry was prolific - That`s why we should cherish anything from the man ! ) plus 6 tracks which are new to CD. Some of these were once available to down load from Gerry`s old website ( one of the other reviewers made a snide comment about Gerry`s website `disappearing ` - and he`s a Gerry fan ?? ) but let`s be honest unless you are a hardcore fan you will not have any of these previously unreleased songs. Another reviewer made a churlish comment about Gerry having 2 seasonal songs ( Adeste Fidelis + Silent Night ) as the CD`s last 2 tracks. Nothing wrong with that in my book. In an ideal world yes some record company would pay Gerry to record a full album of Christmas songs - but that isnt going to happen is it ! So we`ll make do with the small mercies that are 2 great Seasonal songs from Gerry . Silent Night is possibly the finest version I have heard .
The new songs include sublime versions of the The Beatles Because and folk song The Maid of Culmore ( this is an entirely new Gerry song - shame the other 2 reviewers couldnt actually bring themselves to comment on any songs ! )
If you are a casual Gerry fan and have one of his earlier `best of` compilations` then this CD is an excellent addition and overview of his more recent work with the added bonus of some new songs.
Terry Wogan & Radio 2 listeners will be happy to hear that Gerry`s popular radio songs Dont Speak of My Heart & It`s Easy To Talk are included !