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Album Review

Since Alex Campbell is justly known as one of the most prominent singers from the early-'60s folk revival who was associated with Scottish songs, it comes as no surprise that this LP is full of them. The title Best Loved Songs of Bonnie Scotland alone announces that fact. If approached from a more modern perspective this holds no shocks in store, it's a pretty good early-'60s traditional folk album, and superior to his LP of the following year, Folk Session. The arrangements are more nicely varied than they are on many records of this type and era, sometimes featuring only acoustic guitar behind Campbell's vocals, but also using some musicians on banjo and mandolin. Some of the songs ("The Skye Boat Song," "The Bluebells of Scotland," "The Dundee Weaver") are more familiar than others, and Campbell's singing is rousing and engaging without slipping into the overly melodramatic.

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Great album but problems with the digitisation

Not the greatest album ever, but some really worthwhile tracks. The backing and singing are so much more sensitive than most Scottish folk music recordings of the 1960s/70s.

There are some technical problems with the digitisation, however - e.g. track 11 (Leezie Lindsay), 0:42 to 0:50 has some entirely extraneous material.

Biography

Born: 1925 in Scotland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s

Alex Campbell was one of Scotland's best-loved wandering minstrels. Learning the art of busking while traveling with American folk singers Derroll Adams and Ramblin' Jack Elliott during the late '50s, he continued to perform a mixture of traditional Scottish tunes, American work songs, spirituals, and ballads until his death in 1987. He played an important role in introducing the songs of Bob Dylan, Tom Paxton, and Woody Guthrie to audiences in England and the Celtic Isles. Campbell moved to Denmark...
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  • £7.99
  • Genres: World, Music
  • Released: 1963

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