I have had this DVD many years ago when he first came on the scene as an L.P. So i saw this on Amazon and bought along with another one that I had. so bought that as well. It is well worth the money if anyone is interested in his works.
By today's standard of song writing by any artists, one could make three albums out of this stunning debut album by Gilbert O'Sullivan. Every song included here is of amazing originality, incomparable lyricism and style, and there are 14 of them! This album went up to 5th in the UK's album charts in 1971. The competition was tough at the time!!
Obviously, O'Sullivan put everything in this album. It is packed with captivating poetic ideas, so many memorable melodies and wide range of styles in the arrangement of each song (modern jazz, classical music, rhythm and blues, Latin American music to name a few). I still remember how I felt the first time I listened to this album - I was overwhelmmed by the richness of his music. The eclectic use of music in the song 'Houdini Said' or the ingenious use of off-beat rhythm in 'Too Much Attention'. The bittersweet pathos in the songs like 'Bye-Bye' and 'If I don't get you'. And the centrepiece of the album, 'Nothing Rhymed'. This is one of those timeless songs, like 'Strawberry Fields Forever' by Lennon or 'America' by Paul Simon, expressing the existential angst of the era in a simplest language. How fresh and relevant it still sounds today!
Having been replacing worn out vinyl for some years, I thought it was time to revisit 'Uncle Ray'. What a brilliant release! First class reproduction and an informative and entertaining booklet to boot (together with complete lyrics). Although I usually like to finish the original album as it was originally released, the bonus tracks this time are really a bonus especially the underrated 'Under the blankets go' and the early top ten hit 'No matter how I try'. Bought along with the 'Back to Front' re-release, which is of equal quality. Must get some more!
Been a fan of Ray's since 1970 when first hearing the song, "Nothing Rhymed". Vividly remember buying this album on vinyl back in 1971. Why? Cos he was different to everyone else around at the time (exactly what Gilbert wanted). He's still writing songs to this day but i still reckon his early stuff was Gilbert at his very best. "Permissive Twit" is the song that stands out for me, sad song with excellent lyrics. Everyone's favourite, "Matrimony" is also here in its glory as is his chart debut hit, "Nothing Rhymed". 15 UK Top 40 singles (and 2 of those reaching No. 1) isn't half bad a pop career in my humble opinion. If you like nostalgia and more importantly you quite liked Gilbert O'Sullivan then this album will not disappoint believe me!
Several old favourites, plus some I loved, and can't believe that I had forgotten! A very good introduction to Gilbert O'Sullivan, for those too young to remember his quirky, shrewd lyrics, and gentle melodies.
Ray O'Sullivans debut album showed hidden depths at the time of release in 1971.It was a grower and was in and out of the charts for the next two years.It still stands up with the stand-outs being January Git,Houdini Said and Nothing Rhymed although there are no fillers.This is well worth checking out and purchasing at a reasonable price. Unfortunately his growing commercial stature had a negative effect on the quality of his next two albums although they were massive sellers. Better albums to seek out to sit next to Himself are 'Southpaw' and 'Off Centre'.