Synopses & Reviews
The life and times of Englands greatest living songwriter are captured in a deluxe box set. Over 72 songs on 4 CDs with an 80-page book. The songs on these CDs span 5 decades, from the sparky sixties to the curdled present, and encompass a wide variety of song subjects and song forms. They have been written out of hope, anger, love, scorn, laughter and despair. The tracks I have selected are, I believe, sturdily built and quite capable of standing up for themselves. And, because they have something to say about the times in which they were written, there are copious notes on the political and personal environments that formed them along with some pointed observations on the craft of songwriting.” Leon Rosselson. Frankie Armstrong, Roy Bailey, Mark Bassey, Steve Berry, Billy Bragg, Martin Carthy, Howard Evans, Clare Lintott, Chris Foster, Sue Harris, Paul Jayasinha, Sianed Jones, John Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth Mansfield, Ruth Rosselson, Fiz Shapur, Dave Swarbrick, Miranda Sykes, Roger Williams, The 3 City 4, The Oyster Band, and The Sheffield Socialist Choir all contribute variously to the songs too, in one form or another.
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His songs are fierce, funny, cynical, outraged, blasphemous, challenging and anarchic. And the tunes are good, too.” The GuardianLeon Rosselson is one of the select few whose position on the British folk scene is evidence of higher intelligence. Since the 1950's, his music has illuminated the folk and political song sky like forked lightning.” Sing OutSome of the most literate and well-made songs now being written.” New York TimesI do not think there is anyone in the English-speaking world to touch him. He is a sharp observer, a wonderful wordsmith, a composer of originality and depth, but, most of all, a superb integrator of words and music.” Folk Roots