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GUEST,Dita (at work) Never heard of Alex Campbell (237* d) RE: Never heard of Alex Campbell 09 Apr 01


Loved the man. He was the only person I could listen to singing "Wild Rover" et al without cringing. He sang with conviction, passion and sincerity, all part of what Rick calls the mystique.
I think the albums refered to as "Scottish Songs" and "with Martin Carthy" are the two LPs and 1 EP he made for XTRA. Tracks from these were later compiled to form skw's Sampler. Occasional tracks from these records surface on Castle Communication's CD compilations, so they still have the masters. There's no reason why they couldn't issue a CD like the recent best of Matt McGinn.
I don't know of any other CDs, and I have been looking - the guy on nutty's link sounds like he's going to burn a CD off the vinyl and send both.
Must agree with McGrath, (is that a Mudcat first?), my XTRA, Society, ARC etc still sound as good/bad as when I bought them, they were inferior pressings, but have not deteriorated any futher.
Alex died in Denmark and was buried in Glasgow in the early days of January 1987. His gravestone,(paid for by his friends in Denmark),reads "Alex Campbell - So Long."
Alex would have loved the funeral. The graveside was a who's who of folk, Hamish, Alan, Dougie, Danny, Archie, Cilla, among the great and small. The family had asked a local minister to officiate. He had no idea who Alex was as a person. He looked up, saw Billy Connolly in his "audience" and flipped. He went into a tirade, all hellfire and brimstone, about how Alex was now burning in hell, with no chance to repent, and how we, and one of us in particular, had better give over our evil ways, and blasphemy, and seek forgiveness before it was too late.
We retired to the old Star Club, minus minister, and remembered Alex in song, story and drink - "Hell, Yes."
love, john.


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