> Folk Music > Records > Ralph McTell: Streets …
Ralph McTell: Streets …
Warner Bros. Records WB 56 105 (LP, UK, 1975)
Album recorded in London at Nova Sound Recording Studios
Engineer: Richard Dodd / Stephen Allan
Air Studios Engineer: Pete Swettenham
Mixed at Air Studios by Pete Swettenham / Ralph McTell
Tape Operator: Pete Henderson
Producer: Ralph McTell for EMT Trucking Company
Cover Photography by Roy Cuthbert
Sleeve Design by Graves Aslett
Executive Producer: Bruce May
Cut by Harry Moss at EMI Studios Abbey Road
Leola CD tracks 6-7 produced by Shel Talmy,
Engineered by Hugh Jones and Keith Bessey at IBC Studios March 1976
Repertoire CD track 12 is originally from the LP Easy and was released as B side of the single Streets of London (Reprise K 14380) in 1974.
Ralph McTell, acoustic guitars [all],
acoustic 12-string guitar [7, 11],
backing vocals ,
harmonies [2, 6, 9],
piano accordion ;
Jerry Donahue, lead guitar [4, 7, 9];
Peter Berryman, acoustic guitar , electric guitar [3, 7, L6];
Mike Piggott, 2nd acoustic guitar [5, 9], fiddle , violin ;
Dave Pegg, bass [2, 4-8, L6];
Rod Clements, bass ;
Danny Thompson, double bass [3, 9-10];
Danny Lane, drums [2, 4-7, 9-11, L6], percussion [2, 8], harmonies ;
Rabbit Bundrick, Hammond organ , piano ;
Rod Edwards, piano ;
Andy Cronshaw, zither ;
Sandy Spencer, cello ;
Bob Kerr, horns , saxophone ;
Alan (Madswitcher) Harris, jew's harp ;
Maddy Prior, soprano ;
Prelude, backing vocals [1, 3, 5, L6], harmonies ;
Graham Preskitt, string arrangement 
Sammy Mitchell, slide national guitar [L6];
Hank De Vito, steel guitar [L7];
(unknown), bass [L7];
Clem Cattini, drums [L7];
Kokomo, backing vocals [L7];
Jim Parker, piano, string arrangement [L7]
|Warner Bros. LP, Side 1||Warner Bros. LP, Side 2|
|Leola CD with 2 bonus tracks *||Repertoire CD with bonus track *|
All songs written by Ralph McTell except Red Apple Juice (trad.)
Streets of London
Have you seen the old man in the closed down market,
Kicking up the papers with his worn out shoes?
In his eyes you see no pride,
And held loosely at his side,
Yesterday's papers telling yesterday's news.
Chorus (after each verse):
So how can you tell me you're lonely
and say for you that the sun don't shine?
Let me take you by the hand
And lead you through the streets of London.
I'll show you something to make you change your mind.
Have you seen the old girl who walks the streets of London,
Dirt in her hair and her clothes in rags?
She's no time for talkin'
She just keeps right on walkin',
Carrying her home in two carrier bags.
In the all night cafe at a quarter past eleven
Same old man sitting there on his own
Looking at the world
Over the rim of his teacup
Each tea lasts an hour and he wanders home alone.
Have you seen the old man outside the seaman's mission,
Memory fading with the medal ribbons that he wears?
In our winter city
The rain cries a little pity
for one more forgotten hero and a world that doesn't care.
Thousands of miles without moving
In the silence and stillness we're turning
Who scattered the stars in the field of night?
Say it's all right, say it's all right,
Well say it's all right.
Ocean storm-thrown boats collide
With waves of no direction
With compass set up on a star
Head for the port's protection.
Faster than light we're not ageing,
So where does the time go we're saving?
Give me a sermon for sleep tonight
Won't you say it's all right, say it's all right,
Well say it's all right.
And the driftwood it collides
With blind boats on the water
Oh, sad I watched the moon fall down,
But the river safely caught her.
Confusion of stars where's the pattern
To chart us away from collision?
We are dust, we are spark, we were light before dark
It was all right, it is all right,
And it'll be all right.
Above, below, worlds collide
In the before and after
Oh happy to watch the sun go down
And join the angels laughter.
> Folk Music > Records > Ralph McTell: Slide Away the Screen
Ralph McTell: Slide Away the Screen
Slide Away the Screen
Warner Bros. Records K56599 (LP, UK, 1979)
Slide Away the Screen and Other Stories
Road Goes On Forever RGFCD21 (CD w/ bonus tracks, UK, 1994)
Album recorded at Chipping Norton Studios, England;
Engineered by Barry Hammond;
Mixed by Dave Pegg and Barry Hammond;
Produced by Dave Pegg and Bruce May;
Sleeve artwork and photography by Hipgnosis
Ralph McTell, vocals,
electric guitar [1, 15, 17],
acoustic guitar [2-5, 12-14, 16-17],
slide guitar ,
Dave Pegg, electric guitar , acoustic guitar [12, 17], bass [2-3, 5, 12, 15-17], fretless bass [4, 13-14];
Mick Weaver, piano ;
Martin Jenner, electric guitar solo [1, 3], pedal steel guitar ;
Nigel Smith, bass , electric piano ;
Dave Mattacks, drums [1-4, 12-13, 15-16], percussion [1-5, 12-13], S.D.S.3 ;
Telephone Bill (Nick Barraclough, Chris Cox, Jerry Hale), backing vocals [1, 3, 12-13, 17];
Jerry Donahue, electric guitar [2-4, 12, 14], acoustic guitar ;
Robert Kirby, electric piano [2, 15, 17], piano [3-4, 12, 16], organ , string arrangement [2-3, 14];
Phil Palmer, acoustic guitar [3, 12];
John Mealing, organ , synthesiser , electric piano ;
Mike Piggott, fiddle ;
Richard Thompson, electric guitar [13, 15, 17];
Simon Nicol, acoustic guitar [15-17];
John Kirkpatrick, accordion 
|Side 1||Side 2|
|CD Bonus Tracks|
All songs written by Ralph McTell except
Track 16 Dave Swarbrick, Ralph McTell;
Track 17 Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman
> Folk Music > Records > Ralph McTell: The Definitive Collection
Ralph McTell: The Definitive Collection
The Definitive Collection
Highpoint Recordings HPO6016 (CD, UK, February 2007)
- Streets of London (4.21)
- Love Grows (4.15)
- Bentley and Craig (4.46)
- Scarborough Fair (3.16)
- The Setting (5.19)
- Arthur Blake (3.07)
- Stealin' (3.34)
- From Clare to Here (4.12)
- Summer Girls (3.02)
- Sand in Your Shoes (3.42)
- You Make Me Feel Good (3.20)
- Peppers and Tomatoes (6.03)
- Can't Be Satisfied (3.50)
- Easter Lilies (4.14)
- Pretty Boy Floyd (3.22)
- Keeping the Night at Bay (4.00)
Tracks 1, 11 are from Streets … (Warner WB 56 105, 1975);
Track 2 is from Slide Away the Screen (Warner K56599, 1979);
Track 3 is from Water of Dreams (Leola TPGCD23, 1982);
Track 4 is from At the End of a Perfect Day (1985);
Track 5 is from Bridge of Sighs (Leola TPGCD27, 1987);
Track 6, 13 are from Blue Skies Black Heroes (Leola TPGCD10, 1988);
Track 7 is from Stealin' Back (Essential ESMCD127, 1990);
Track 8 is from Black Heroes (Leola TPGCD19, 1976);
Track 9 is from The Boy With the Note (Leola TPGCD11, 1992);
Track 10 is from Sand in Your Shoes (Transatlantic TRACD 119, 1995);
Track 12 is from Travelling Man (Leola TPGCD16, 1999);
Track 14 is from Red Sky (Leola TPGCD18, 2000);
Track 15 is from National Treasure (Leola TPGCD21, 2006);
Track 16 is from Tickle on the Turn (1986)