Ralph McTell
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Ralph "McTell" May entered the English stage as an old-fashioned acoustic folksinger a` la Woody Guthrie with the albums Eight Frames A Second (Transatlantic, 1968), Spiral Staircase (Transatlantic, 1969), that contains the original version of Streets Of London, his most famous song, and My Side of Your Window (Transatlantic, 1969) Revisited (Transatlantic, 1970) is an anthology of the acoustic period.

Tony Visconti arranged You Well Meaning Brought me Here (Famous, 1971), re-issed as Ferryman (Mays, 1986), that includes Claudia and Pick Up A Gun, and Not Till Tomorrow (Reprise, 1972), containing Sylvia and Zimmerman Blues. Easy (Reprise, 1974), Streets (Warner Bros, 1975 - Leola, 1995), Right Side Up (Warner Bros, 1976), reissued as Weather the Storm (Mays, 1982), with From Clare To Here and Naomi, Slide Away the Screen (Warner Bros, 1977), reissued as Love Grows (Mays, 1982), backed up by Richard Thompson, brought him a little bit of fame, but then times changed and McTell was rapidly forgotten.

He returned in the post-punk era with Water of Dreams (Mays, 1982) and Bridge of Sighs Mays, 1986), backed up by the old guard of the Fairport Convention, that contains The Hiring Fair; but was more successful as writer of children's music, compiled on Songs From Alphabet Zoo (Mays, 1983) and Tickle on the Tum (Mays, 1986).

After a few albums of covers, McTell released another album in the tradition of the singer songwriter, Sand In Your Shoes (Transatlantic, 1995).

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