1975 album from the British folkie. Oddly enough the title track had been overlooked when included on a 1968 album, but when tarted up for this release soon became his most famous song and the staple of buskers everywhere. It overshadowed everything else on this album, which was a shame as there are another eleven excellent cuts of quality folk rock.
From 1979/82... Tracks: Love Grows - One Heart - Gold In California - Van Nuys (Cruise Night) - London Apprentice - Traces - Banjo Man - Trouble I'm In - Wish I Could Pray - I'm Looking Over My Shoulder For You - If I Don't Get Home - Heroes And Villans - Harry (Don't Go) - Autumn - Promises - White Dress - Save The Last Dance For Me.
The original recording of McTell's classic "The Streets Of London" may be the most famous song here, but this collection of 1968-70 recordings proves that the superb singer-songwriter had many more strings to his bow. Included are fans' favourites from Ralph's early catalogue, including "Eight Frames A Second" and "Spiral Staircase".
One of the most enduring talents to emerge fro the UK '60s folk boom, Ralph McTell is assured of his place in music history by dint of his composing the busker's classic "Streets Of London". This glosses over the fact that he was/is a talented guitarist and writer, who has turned his hand to an eclectic range of musical styles in his career, from the folk traditional through to children's songs.
From the popular children's TV series! Tracks:- Albert Ross The Albertross - Boris The Bat - Camilla The Camel - Digger The Dog - Edna The Elephant - Fergus The Frog - Gordon The Goat - Holly The Hedgehog - Impala Song - Jake The Jackdaw - Kenny The Kangeroo - Laurence The Lion - Maurice The Mole - Nigel The Nightingale - Nellie The Newt - Ollie The Otter - Peter The Parrot - Quentin The Quail - The Rabbit Song - Sally The Seal - Tommy The Tortoise - Unwin The Unicorn - Victor The Vulture - Wagstaff The Woodpecker - X-Ray Fish - Yuri The Yak - Zoe The Zebra...
Four CD chronicle of one of the greatest Folk storytellers. His poignant narrative and virtuoso guitar style have drawn audiences into his world for forty years now and this collection of hits, rarities, live performances, demos and archive tracks are a celebration of his achievements. Sixty tracks, including his first private recordings in 1965 to brand new 2006 compositions recorded especially for the project. Thirty of the tracks here are previously unreleased. Comes with a ful colour book with essays on Ralph's playing and songwriting, a full discography and numerous unreleased photos.
The superb singer-songwriter here records interpretations of songs by artists who have had a formative influence on his song writing. In particular Ralph is focusing on tracks from his own distant past that have shown him inspiration and made him believe he could be a writer himself. Obviously a highly personal work, this is a high class performance by the man, giving his all to honour the tracks closest to his heart. Features tracks by Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy, Reverend Gary Davis, Mance Lipscombe, Blind Boy Fuller, Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie.