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Ralph McTell On Track

Every album, Every song

Paul O.Jenkins, Foreword by Ralph McTell
UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95

Best known for his international hit' Streets Of London', Ralph McTell has recorded over 300 songs in a career that spans more than 50 years. Due to his considerable melodic and lyrical gifts, a good many of McTell's compositions surpass 'Streets' in quality and have won him the admiration of fans and critics alike.

Heavily influenced by Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and dozens of American country-blues artists, McTell eventually found his own voice. Distinct themes emerge in his works, including compassion, optimism, fathers and sons and the struggles faced by musicians and other artists who portray not just what life is but how it feels. While his soothing voice and delicate guitar skills make his songs enjoyable to so many, McTell tempers such grace with a definite edge. Many of his best works are protest songs.

A portrait painter, McTell's canon is populated by dozens of memorable figures that spring both from his experiences and his imagination. Yet, upon listening to his recordings, perhaps the most fascinating character that emerges is McTell himself. In this album-by-album, track-by-track review of his career, readers meet both the man and the musician as the elements of his craft are explored.

The Author

Professor Paul O. Jenkins is the University Librarian at Franklin Pierce University (New Hampshire, USA). He is the author of three books and served as the co-editor of Teaching The Beatles (Routledge, 2018). Besides writing liner notes for Ralph McTell's 2006 box set The Journey, Jenkins recently published a detailed examination of John Prine's songs in Popular Music And Society. He believes that human emotions can most effectively be shared and explored through the medium of music.

Number of Pages: 176
Number of colour pictures: 37
ISBN: 9781789522945
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UK retail price: £15.99
US retail price: $22.95


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