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CLIVE GREGSON - The Best of Clive Gregson

CLIVE GREGSON - The Best of Clive Gregson
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Most readers will be familiar with Clive Gregson through a career ranging from early days with new-wavers ‘Any Trouble’, a long duo relationship with Christine Collister and spells as a side-man with the likes of Richard Thompson.  Clive’s songs have been covered by such as Nanci Griffith and Jimmy Buffet and this comes as no surprise considering the country/roots feel of many of his songs.  This CD contains 18 songs, some of which will be familiar.  That is good value by any standards but, for me, the real interest of this CD is that it is peppered with Clive’s home-recorded demos rather than more familiar studio versions.  We get to know about the where, when and how of the songs in a very interesting way.  We get to know, for example, that Tattoo required him to learn a fourth chord on the mandolin (I’ve never been sure there was one).  The whole package is interesting in an anorak way and is definitely a good showcase of one of Britain’s most under rated songwriters.  The version of I Love This Town is better than several of the cover versions I have heard (though it may not earn so much in royalties), and I was also interested to hear Clive’s organ playing on Comfort and Joy.  A terrific CD.  Worth a listen.

Phil Thomas

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This album was reviewed in Issue 82 of The Living Tradition magazine.