matt mcginn On the Road from Aldermaston: Complete Transatlantic Recordings 1966-1969 (double CD, £12.95)
Although he died forty years ago, the reputation of Matt McGinn endures and even expands. Having left behind a dazzling legacy of more than five hundred songs, the life's work of the man dubbed “Scotland's Woody Guthrie” by Tom Paxton was commemorated in 2004 with a concert that was staged in New York on Broadway, where Pete Seeger suggested that “...if there's a human race here in hundreds of years, people alive then will still be singing his songs”. One of the key figures of the folk revival in Scotland, McGinn was a prodigiously talented singer/songwriter who moved effortlessly between ribald humour, topical novelties, good-natured parodies, children's verse, tender love songs and heavily politicised protest material. This 2CD anthology represents his four-year spell in the late Sixties with leading folk label Transatlantic, for whom he recorded a quartet of albums that contain many of his best-loved and most enduring songs – including 'Coorie Doon' and 'Three Nights And A Sunday', both of which would be included alongside the likes of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Bob Dylan in the Smithsonian's Top One Hundred Folk Songs of the 20th Century. This 2-CD offers Matt McGinn’s entire output for the legendary Transatlantic Records for the first time. Taken from the original master tapes, many of the tracks have never been released on CD before.
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