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5.0 out of 5 stars Another bard, and a good memory, too ..., 20 Aug. 2003
This review is from: The Days Of David McWilliams (Audio CD)
How very right reviewer Valkan is. My first reminiscences of McW go back to the same (pearly) radio days of '67 and the portable on the kitchen table. In Flanders, medium wave broadcast quality was just barely doable in early evening time, and I have distinct memories of the plugging of 'this new singer' on Caroline's Major-Minor label; some of his music I must still have lying around gathering dust on an Ampex tape.
Looking and listening back, the only thing I miss on David's Music is the doubtful quality of the radio waves blurring in and out on the radio (to make the memories complete); the rest is all there: the wistful romance, the sincerity also, of simple, thoughtful lyrics that speak for themselves.
'There ain't no lock upon my door," is what I hear the singer saying: this is true, of good memories and ground-breaking sixties music to begin with. Listening to this pick of David McWilliams's back catalogue, one may wonder why the career of such an innovator was so short-lived.
One of the LP blurbs states that the (then) 22-year-old 'has as yet to find the girl who can hold his wandering attention'. For David we hope that some nice folk-and-hippie girl caught the bard's invitations to the Josephine's, Marlena's or Harlem Lady Helens along the way...
Great stuff this, ranking with the likes of Clifford T. Ward, Peter Sarstedt, Richard Harris, Nick Drake and Gordon Lightfoot.
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