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Ralph McTell

  • You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here [Paramount, 1971] B+

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You Well-Meaning Brought Me Here [Paramount, 1971]
"Streets of London," a gentle attack on folkie self-pity, is one of the several appealingly melodic urban miniatures, and it doesn't stop there. McTell is so softhearted he ought to check in with a cardiologist (maybe that's why he sounds so sad all the time), but he's not empty-headed; he knows what his world-view portends. Hence, "First and Last Man," a celebration of a real primitive--the epoch isn't identified, but I'd guess Neanderthal. So why is he in the studio with Gus Dudgeon? Beats me, but it doesn't hurt. B+