Streets of London

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Ralph McTell is such a good songwriter that it's easy to forget his other skills as a singer and superb guitarist. But his songwriting skills are on greatest display on this album, that takes its title from his biggest hit, "Streets Of London," which has gone on to become a folk standard. It's worth remembering, though, just how good a song it is; long before the homeless had become something newsworthy, McTell's sympathetic song shone a spotlight on them. To be fair, it's the outstanding piece here with some tasty fingerpicking, although it should be noted that this is really just 1975's Streets album, renamed to take advantage of the hit, and with 2 previously ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Chris Nickson
Ralph McTell is such a good songwriter that it's easy to forget his other skills as a singer and superb guitarist. But his songwriting skills are on greatest display on this album, that takes its title from his biggest hit, "Streets Of London," which has gone on to become a folk standard. It's worth remembering, though, just how good a song it is; long before the homeless had become something newsworthy, McTell's sympathetic song shone a spotlight on them. To be fair, it's the outstanding piece here with some tasty fingerpicking, although it should be noted that this is really just 1975's Streets album, renamed to take advantage of the hit, and with 2 previously unreleased tracks, "Country Boys" and "Another Star Ascending The Boxer," both of which are good, but not outstanding or essential. "Grande Affaire" is pleasant, "Heron Song" is almost vintage '60s McTell in its straightforwardness. The ragtime influence of much of his early playing has gone, and what remains is someone who's found himself. If you're looking for a best of, however, look on. It might seem to be one from the cover, but really, it's just a marketing ploy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2002
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910476420
  • Catalog Number: 4764

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ralph McTell Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Accordion, Rhythm Guitar, Marimbas, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Maddy Prior Soprano, Soprano (Vocal)
Andrew Cronshaw Zither
Jerry Donahue Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kokomo Background Vocals
Dave Pegg Bass
Prelude Background Vocals
Peter Berryman Guitar, Electric Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
John "Rabbit" Bundrick Piano, Hammond Organ
Clem Cattini Drums
Rod Clements Bass
Hank DeVito Steel Guitar
Rod Edwards Piano
Goldrushers Background Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Alan Harris Jew's Harp, Jaw Harp
Danny Lane Percussion, Drums, Vocal Harmony
Mike Piggott Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Guitar, Violin
Sandy Spencer Cello
Mister Rabbitt Piano, Hammond Organ
Danny Thompson Double Bass
Sammy Mitchell Slide Guitar
J. Parker Piano
Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band Horn, Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ralph McTell Programming
Hugh Jones Engineer
Graham Preskett Arranger, String Arrangements
Shel Talmy Producer
Keith Bessey Engineer
J. Parker String Arrangements
Graves Aslett Associates Cover Design
Chris Hockenhull Liner Notes
Roy Cuthbert Cover Photo
Bruce May Executive Producer
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