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Best of: Songs from the Street
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Album: Best of: Songs from the Street
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Honky Red More Info... 0:04
2)    Child's Song More Info... 0:06
3)    Sixteen Lanes Of Highway More Info... 0:05
4)    Old Man's Song More Info... 0:03
5)    Carmelita More Info... 0:04
6)    Farmer's Song More Info... 0:03
7)    You Need A New Lover Now More Info... 0:03
8)    Golden Trumpet More Info... 0:04
9)    Revelations More Info... 0:05
10)    Down By The Henry Moore More Info... 0:04
11)    Shoeshine Workin' Song More Info... 0:05
12)    Maybe Tonight More Info... 0:04
13)    Do You Dream Of Being Somebody More Info... 0:03
14)    Sweeping the Spotlight Away More Info... 0:04
15)    Cross Country More Info... 0:04
16)    So Far from You More Info... 0:04
17)    Harder To Get Along More Info... 0:05
18)    No Change In Me More Info... 0:04
19)    Path Of The Moon More Info... 0:03
 

Album: Best of: Songs from the Street
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Honky Red More Info... 0:04
2)    Child's Song More Info... 0:06
3)    Sixteen Lanes Of Highway More Info... 0:05
4)    Old Man's Song More Info... 0:03
5)    Carmelita More Info... 0:04
6)    Farmer's Song More Info... 0:03
7)    You Need A New Lover Now More Info... 0:03
8)    Golden Trumpet More Info... 0:04
9)    Revelations More Info... 0:05
10)    Down By The Henry Moore More Info... 0:04
11)    Shoeshine Workin' Song More Info... 0:05
12)    Maybe Tonight More Info... 0:04
13)    Do You Dream Of Being Somebody More Info... 0:03
14)    Sweeping the Spotlight Away More Info... 0:04
15)    Cross Country More Info... 0:04
16)    So Far from You More Info... 0:04
17)    Harder To Get Along More Info... 0:05
18)    No Change In Me More Info... 0:04
19)    Path Of The Moon More Info... 0:03
 
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  • Personnel: Murray McLauchlan (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck guitar, harmonica, piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer); Danny Greenspoon (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 6-string bass); Bob Ezrin (vocals, keyboards, percussion); Jorn Andersen (vocals, drums, percussion); Shawne Jackson, Sharon Lee Williams (vocals, background vocals); Maxine Dixon, Neil Jason, Bill Champlin, Carole Pope (vocals); Peter Follet (guitar, electric guitar); Mike McKenna (guitar, slide guitar); Bruce Cockburn (guitar, background vocals); Gene Martynec (guitar); Ron Dann, Paul Prestopino (dobro); Ben Mink (mandola, mandolin, violin, fiddle, viola, background vocals); Eric Weissberg (mandolin); Cameron Wilson, Angelique Toews (violin); Finn Manniche (cello); Harry Skura, William Richards, Paul Armin, Jaak Liivoja, Adele Armin, Richard Armin (strings); Eric Robertson (piano, organ); Patrick Godfrey, Barry Flast (piano); Warren Bernhardt (keyboards); Larry Kraman (synthesizer); Kit Johnson (5-string bass, 6-string bass); Bucky Berger (drums, percussion, background vocals); Andy Newmark, Barry Keane (drums, percussion); Chris Parker , Bob Disalle, Richard Kollgore, Jay Telfer, Al Cross (drums); Chris Skene, Bernie Finkelstein, Tom Wilson , Allan "Jake" Jacobs, Kathleen Whelan, Raun MacKinnon, Terry Wilkins, The Jordanaires, Barney Bentall, Colina Phillips (background vocals).
  • Audio Mixers: Chris Skene; Pete Wonsiak.
  • Audio Remixers: Rick Hart; Bob Ezrin; John Rosenthal.
  • Liner Note Author: Nicholas Jennings.
  • Recording information: Eastern Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Kensington Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Mantra Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Mushroom Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Rebecca Cohn Theatre, Dalhousie Arts Cenre, Halifax, No (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Record Plant, NY (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Thunder Sound Studios, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Thunder Sound, Ontario, Canada (04/13/1971-??/??/2005); Woodland Sound, Nashville, TN (04/13/1971-??/??/2005).
  • Photographers: Gerry Thompson; Bart Schoales; Andrew MacNaughtan; Bruce Cole.
  • Arrangers: Allan MacMillan; Murray McLauchlan; Bob Ezrin; Finn Manniche.
  • Murray McLauchlan is a Canadian songwriter who has been recording since 1971, and is a contemporary of Bruce Cockburn's without the Christian or political trappings. That's not a knock on Cockburn, it's just that the two have been labelmates since the beginning (True North), and Cockburn has gotten the lion's share of attention by far. This double-disc, 36-cut retrospective reveals the truth of the matter: Murray McLauchlan is a genius, a treasure, a writer of such uncommon wealth and literacy, bare bones life experience, and storyteller's drama, that he is in the class that belongs to Townes Van Zandt, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Cisco Houston, or Tom T. Hall -- though he doesn't sound remotely like any of them, and doesn't even play country music. McLauchlan is more of an acquired taste, but he's also far more diverse. He has been able to do it all, as evidenced by this excellent collection of tracks issued between 1971-2005. McLauchlan is his own hybrid of the very best: Harry Nilsson, Warren Zevon, and a young and angry Billy Joel who has Loudon Wainwright's wit. Add to this the droll cool of Paul Simon and you begin to get the picture, but it's a shifting one, mercurial, because McLauchlan is his own guy, and the referents used here are merely for the purpose of illuminating a potential listener: check the song samples! The bottom line is that McLauchlan never spent a ton of money on the production of his records. They are all immediate, full of the ambience of the studio, and they communicate very directly. His reedy voice is obsessed with the tunes he writes and he writes about it all: living on the street, desolation, drunken joy, money, class, travel, rather quirky love songs, the whole bit. But the bottom line is this: he is one of those guys who is so utterly deserving of being noticed he needs his very own Devendra Banhart persona to hold his records up to the crowds of kids and say, "Hey, check this guy out; he's awesome!" It worked for Vashti Bunyan, but McLauchlan may be a little closer to the street in his language and attitude, not so hippy-dippy and more a harsh reality. But he's not dour, not even desolate when the songs are; in fact, his music, as this amazing collection suggests, is so full of the absolute marrow of life that it's impossible not to be completely taken with his work once you encounter it. There is no point going into any of the individual tracks on this collection because they're all good, and his cover version of "Carmelita" by Zevon is the best version on the shelf. Period. Anybody who appreciates great songwriters needs to dig into this man's work -- and if you like vinyl, head to your local dirty hands budget bin because most of his '70s albums can be found there on wax. If anyone is due for rediscovery it's Murray McLauchlan, and this collection, if anyone ever gets to hear it, is the evidence. ~ Thom Jurek
Professional Reviews
Dirty Linen (pp.56-57) - "What this sensitively blended double set also does is highlight Murray McLauchlan the recording artist, even as his musical curiosity strayed into Rust Belt and strip-mining blue-collar roadhouse incarnations..."
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