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GUEST,MikeofNorthumbria (sans cookie) Alex Campbell -- advice on recordings (16) RE: Alex Campbell -- advice on recordings 23 Dec 04


A CD "Alex Campbell in Copenhagen" was released on the Storyville label in 2002. (Storyville 102 5704 - try www.storyville-records.com)I found this one recently in Roots Records, Newcastle upon Tyne, and have also seen it advertised by a mail-order supplier in the British folk magazine "Living Tradition".

It's not my ideal memento of Alex - although it has plenty of good songs, well sung, there's none of the anarchic humour that was an essential part of his live act - but all the same,it's a good buy if you can get hold of it. I don't know of anything else by him that's readily available on CD.

Alex mad a great many vinyl albums which do not appear to have re-surfaced on CD yet. Whoever owns the master tapes of the two albums Alex did for Xtra in the 'sixties should be encouraged to make them available. And there's a lot of good material on Alex's recordings on the budget "Saga" label (even though some of the numbers were under-rehearsed, and the sound quality was pretty primitive).

This man played a heroic part in the folk revival - he deserves a better memorial than we have given him so far.

Wassail!


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