Alex Campbell At the Tivoli Gardens
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||Cindy's Crying||Alex Campbell||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Candy Man||Alex Campbell||3:26||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Needle of Death||Alex Campbell||4:14||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Tom Thumb's Blues||Alex Campbell||4:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||First Time Ever||Alex Campbell||2:24||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The Time Has Come||Alex Campbell||3:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Where I'm Bound||Alex Campbell||3:18||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Champion At Keeping Them Rolling||Alex Campbell||2:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Long Gone from Home||Alex Campbell||2:49||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Strolling Down the High Way||Alex Campbell||2:45||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||He Was a Most Peculiar Man||Alex Campbell||1:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sally Free and Easy||Alex Campbell||3:36||$0.99||View in iTunes|
With the mid-'60s folk revival, the role of the musical interpreter took a back seat to the singer/songwriters inundating the scene, and as time edged on, the artists of performance were overshadowed by the artists of songcraft. It is for this reason that musicians like Alex Campbell are not widely known, where Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Leonard Cohen are, and represent the '60s folk revival in the history books. While, Dylan, Simon, and Cohen, among others, are obviously important figures in the shaping of folk and rock music throughout the end of the 20th century, it should be duly noted that a large part of their initial outreach depended on the performers whose interpretations of their songs opened up an audience that would've been otherwise unattainable.
Scottish singer Alex Campbell topped the list of these song interpreters and At the Tivoli Gardens is a fantastic document which proves it. His whiskey-shaped vocals are simple, straightforward, unpretentious, and inviting; his performances are passionate and honest, and most importantly, sincere. Stripping out any unnecessary flourishes, Campbell used his innate presence to convey emotion and message. By using this approach, he breathes new life into his interpretations, truly making each track his own without compromising the integrity of the song. Campbell's lone composition "Long Gone From Home" sits comfortably among his choice of materials (ranging from Bob Dylan to Tom Paxton to Ewan MacColl, among others) and serves as the lone thread connecting him from esteemed performer to esteemed songwriter.
Born: 1925 in Scotland
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s