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Genres: Folk, World Music, Pop
MacColl was a renaissance man of folk music, not as well known as Seeger or Guthrie, but in many ways just as important. Born in Scotland in 1915, MacColl knew and recorded thousands of traditional British and Celtic song... more »
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MacColl was a renaissance man of folk music, not as well known as Seeger or Guthrie, but in many ways just as important. Born in Scotland in 1915, MacColl knew and recorded thousands of traditional British and Celtic songs, a generous sampling of which is here offered. His voice can be a bit of a shock--wild and rustic and thick with dialect--but matched with original and traditional material like "Dirty Old Town" (made infamous by the Pogues), "Driver's Song," "Looking for a Job," and "Joy of Living," MacColl's art has vigor and immediacy. --Roy Francis Kasten
A Great Social Injustice
D. Hutchins | Stanhope, NJ United States | 11/29/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ewan MacColl does a great job with these songs of injustice. The music on this CD reminds me of Pete Seeger - was Pete influenced by Ewan? These songs give you lots to think about the injustices of this world - a woman "lies dead in the ditch fed on by hungry flies" and no one seems to notice, his father loses his job to new and improved means (robots, most likely), being born of the wrong class therefore "you can't stay here ... you'll drive down the price of property", begging for work - anything - even cleaning up after animals that unload on the street, slave labor that picks the fruit that we put on our table, etc. These are the types of people we tend to ignore when we see them on the street begging for a "dollar". Will we think twice the next time we see these types of people? I hope that I do, for some day I could end up like them."
Ewan MacColl: The Definitive Collection
Z. Fleetwood | London | 07/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a great easy listening CD full of happy and sad songs beautifully performed. The Joy of Living and Dirty Old Town are my favourites."
Ewan Maccoll - The Essentials
Michael Callaghan | Freehold, NJ | 07/08/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Having heard Ewan MacdColl's music in various venues; Radio, CDs, and music festival. And knowing his connection to the early Folk Music scene in England, Scotland, and Ireland, I felt compelled to purchase and listen to the CD and was not disappointed. Many of the songs are familiar to the American audience by artists well known to us, ie - First Ever I Saw Your Face - Roberta Flack, The Shoals Of Herring - The Clancy and Tommy Makem, and Manchester Rambler - The Dubliners. All performed in Ewan's inimitable folk style. A definite plus for the collectors of Irish Folk Music."