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David McWilliams - The Days Of David McWilliams (2001) Retail CD
Another success for the Amazon computer! When I first started buying from Amazon, one of the artists I looked for was David McWilliams. I wasn't surprised to find there was none of his work on CD since he'd only had a brief period of minor success in the late 60's. I would never have looked again if this album hadn't suddenly turned up in my recommendations.It says a lot for the strength of McWilliams' songwriting that as soon as I saw the track list I could remember the words to at least two of the songs that I probably haven't heard for 20 years.McWilliams, from Belfast, was performing his blendmore… of folky protest and love songs in pubs when he was discovered by a promoter and brought to England as one of the first acts on Radio Caroline's Major Minor label. Seen as possibly competition to Donovan and Tim Buckley he was proclaimed as the next big act, but they decided his simple vocal and guitar style needed more of an edge. Teaming him with arranger and producer Mike Leander gave him that new sound. Complex arrangements of strings and woodwind were added to the folk songs. Without taking any emphasis away from the words, they provided an instrumental hook to hold them in the memory.This collection gives 22 tracks taken from all 3 of his 60's albums. One track, I Love Susie In The Summer, may be from a different source as it seems new to me. They are not in any chronological order but all 3 albums were recorded over a very short period and feature a mix of protest and love songs so there is no progression to demonstrate. Possibly it is dated protests that have been omitted. Certainly God and My Country, despite being mentioned in the notes, is missing, but Redundancy Blues and Hiroshima are here.It's hard to pick stand out tracks from a collection that brings back so many memories. Possibly the only McWilliams song that most people will have heard is Days of Pearly Spencer, rereleased several times and recorded by other artists. As I sit here looking at the track list, having not finished my first play yet, even the tracks I haven't played come flooding back to me. This, and his later work that came up when I placed this order, are going to get a lot of plays.
|1||Days Of Pearly Spencer|
|3||Brown Eyed Girl|
|5||For A Little Girl|
|6||Lady Helen Of The Laughing Eyes|
|7||What's The Matter With Me|
|8||There's No Lock Upon My Door|
|9||Tomorrows Like Today|
|11||I Love Susie In The Summer|
|13||Letter To My Love|
|15||Three O'clock Flamingo Street|
|18||Question Of Identity|
|19||Time Of Trouble|
|20||And I'm Free|
|21||In The Early Hours Of The Morning|
|22||Born To Ramble|
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