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The Best of Ralph McTell


Download links and information about The Best of Ralph McTell by Ralph Mctell. This album was released in 2000 and it belongs to Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 34 tracks with total duration of 01:43:44 minutes.

Artist: Ralph Mctell
Release date: 2000
Genre: Rock, World Music, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 34
Duration: 01:43:44
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No. Title Length
1. Summer Come Along 2:45
2. Terminus 1:55
3. Michael In the Garden 4:23
4. Nanna's Song 3:08
5. Last Train and Ride 2:33
6. Wino and the Mouse 1:02
7. Clown 2:19
8. Willoughby's Farm 2:04
9. The Mermaid and the Seagull 4:11
10. Eight Frames a Second 3:24
11. Wait Until the Snow 3:08
12. Hesitation Blues 2:47
13. England 1914 3:06
14. Girl On a Bicycle 3:22
15. Granny Takes a Trip 2:45
16. Blind Blake's Rag 2:00
17. Spiral Staircase 3:34
18. Father Forgive Them 2:24
19. All Things Change 2:49
20. Streets of London 4:06
21. Factory Girl 4:58
22. Bright and Beautiful Things 1:56
23. I've Thought About It 4:17
24. Blues In More Than 12 Bars 4:38
25. Rizraklaru (Anag) 1:46
26. Silver Birch and Weeping Willow 2:03
27. Louise 3:49
28. Too Tight Drag 2:32
29. Kew Gardens 2:17
30. The Fairground (Revisited Version) 3:56
31. Sleepy Time Blues 3:54
32. Daddy's Here 4:22
33. Morning Dew 3:14
34. I'm Sorry I Must Leave 2:17



Containing exactly twice as many tracks as the similarly packaged Definitive Transatlantic Collection, The Best of Ralph McTell is an excellent budget sampler of McTell's late-'60s albums for the label. Most of his best songs are here ("Streets of London," "Michael in the Garden"), but this two-disc set can't really be considered definitive, since later songs like "From Clare to Here" are every bit as essential, if not more so. The Best Of does well to visit all of McTell's personalities, from the street-corner guitarist of "Blind Blake's Rag" to the dreamy poet of "The Mermaid and the Seagull," but for latter-day fans looking to discover McTell's work, this may not be the perfect introduction. Great as they are, these songs were subject to the recording practices of the time, where flutes, strings, and other orchestrations were applied in thick layers to enhance the material's across-the-board commercial appeal. Not all the songs suffer from this, but newcomers may want to get their first dose of McTell's art via the excellent concert album Ralph, Albert, & Sydney, which features many of his very best songs in the acoustic, intimate setting in which they were intended.