Leaves Of Life CD (1990)

Artist: Martin Simpson

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Label Shanachie
SKU 60046612
UPC 016351970824
UPC 14 00016351970824
Format CD
Release Date 2/5/1990
Author Martin Simpson
Compilation Appearance Songs Of Pete Seeger
Compilation Appearance Three Score Ten:voice To The People
Associated Artist/Work Baker, Duck
Associated Artist/Work Radcliffe, Jessica
Associated Artist/Work Tabor, June
Technical Info
CatalogID 97008
Lable Name Shanachie Records
Released 01/29/1991
Original Release 1989
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00016351970824
Album Notes and Credits
This is all really good stuff, and acoustic guitarist Simpson has made a nice selection of pieces to perform on this album -- songs and laments from England and Ireland. To be sure, Simpson performs very well, as does Erio Aceto, here heard playing electric violin and mandolin. The problem, is that out of twelve classic songs, not a one sticks to the ribs of the mind, even after playing the disc numerous times. There is an overwhelming sense of some element missing, and perhaps it's passion. All these pieces are performed with a professional, perfect blandness that belies their nature and origin. In aiming for such a clean rendition, Simpson seems to have lost connection with their spirit, rendering numbers such as "The Greenfields of America" and "McCrimmon's Lament" to the status of background music. Overall, it's listenable enough, and pleasantly enjoyable, but ultimately forgettable. As with the other albums in the Guitar Artistry series. this one comes with a tablature book for budding guitarists. ~ Steven McDonald
Disc 1
1 Intro / Lord Gregory
2 Jock O'Hazeldean
3 Lucy Wan
4 Street Of Forbes
5 Bantry Girl's Lament
6 Leaves Of Life
7 Banks Of The Bann
8 Greenfields Of America
9 Fairflower Of Northumberland
10 Bonny George Campbell
11 McCrimmons Lament
12 Rosie Anderson

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