Ralph McTell – Red Sky

Ralph McTell Red SkyThe wind whips and moves the stale air from those who only remember “Streets of London” as “Red Sky” dawns into a fresh collection of 19 new songs.

Here are a few examples to whet your appetite: “Up” a strong song with a catchy chorus, steady pace and meandering guitar solo – “Dreamtime” a soft timeless ballad – “Wagon on the Motorway”, a reflective travelling song – “Bicker and Rue”, Dylanesque in delivery with lyrics that most people will relate to – “Lost Boys” an upbeat number with a feisty fiddle piece which contrasts beautifully with the slower ballads of “Now This Has Started” and “Easter Lilies” – “Icarus Survived”, a calypso structured lighthearted look at attitude – “Raining in My Heart” fits well with the slower mellow Delta Blues of “When Love Has Gone” – The lyrical excellence of “Let Me Fly or Let Me Fall” and the nostalgic flashback of “Fin” – All reinforce why Ralph Mctell is one of the finest exports of the UK.

Original Posting date – 1-June-2001

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