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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though he remains a legendary figure in folk music circles, Ewan McColl was probably known where he was known at all to the rest of the world as the composer of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which was recorded by both Roberta Flack and Elvis Presley, among many others. But he was also a fine singer and interpreter of traditional English and Scots folk music; his musical and marital partnership with Peggy Seeger produced some haunting and beautiful recordings, many of which are difficult or impossible to find -- hence the value of this generous 20-track collection. It features such classics as "Dirty Old Town," "The Foggy Dew" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Though he remains a legendary figure in folk music circles, Ewan McColl was probably known where he was known at all to the rest of the world as the composer of "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face," which was recorded by both Roberta Flack and Elvis Presley, among many others. But he was also a fine singer and interpreter of traditional English and Scots folk music; his musical and marital partnership with Peggy Seeger produced some haunting and beautiful recordings, many of which are difficult or impossible to find -- hence the value of this generous 20-track collection. It features such classics as "Dirty Old Town," "The Foggy Dew" and "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" performed here by Peggy Seeger in a style that seems archetypally American in its raw openness, as well as more obscure originals and traditional songs. "Sheath and Knife" is an a cappella tour de force, an ancient incest ballad delivered with an eerie combination of gravity and gusto; MacColl's "Nobody Knew She Was There" is a touching tribute to his mother and her life of invisible toil. MacColl sings in a voice that is both rich and reedy, and Seeger accompanies him skillfully on a variety of instruments. Their chemistry is like gravity, silently and invisibly holding the songs together and lending weight to the music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2001
  • Label: Cooking Vinyl
  • UPC: 711297103823
  • Catalog Number: 1038
  • Sales rank: 1,885

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ewan MacColl Primary Artist, Vocals
Peggy Seeger Dulcimer, Banjo, Guitar, Concertina, Vocals, Background Vocals, Banjolin
Kirsty MacColl Vocals
Bruce Turner Clarinet
Dill Katz Bass
Calum MacColl Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Human Whistle, Whistle (Instrument)
Hamish MacColl Harmonica, Vocals
Neill MacColl Banjo, Guitar, Vocals
Chris Taylor Fiddle, Harmonica
Ian Telfer Fiddle
Technical Credits
Ewan MacColl Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Kirsty MacColl Engineer
Harum Coombes Engineer
Nick Godwin Engineer
Steve Lillywhite Engineer
Calum MacColl Producer
Neill MacColl Producer
Colin Irwin Liner Notes
Martin Brown Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Haunting from Beginning to End

    I'm not sure I've ever got more mileage out of any musical album. Whatever one may think of MacColl (he was an arch-communist), one cannot dispute that he means what he sings. Difficult to forget are ''My Old Man,'' ''Shoals of Herring,'' ''Kilroy was Here,'' and ''Joy of Living.''

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