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Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell: EPs & Singles


Chansons Populaires des Etats-Unis
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  • Chansons Populaires des Etats-Unis
    • 1958 - Unidisc 25 119 S EP (France)
    • 2014 - BNF Collection — digital

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  • Side One
    1. Old Time Religion
    2. No More Cane On the Brazis
    3. East Virginia Blues
    4. Battle Ship of Maine
  • Side Two
    1. John Henry
    2. Freight Train
    3. Foggy Mountain Top
    4. Pretty Polly

  • Musicians
    • Alex Campbell featuring Joe Locker
  • Notes
    • Most sources date Alex' first 2 Unidisc recordings as 1958, however, the digital releases give different original release dates:
      • Chansons Populaires des Etats-Unis (25 119) is dated 1961
      • Alex Campbell - No. 2 (Midnight Special) (45 135) is dated 1962
    • I am guessing the Unidisc releases were recorded at the same time — at least the first two.
    • Information on Chansons Populaires des Etats-Unis comes courtesy of Nigel Gatherer's website.

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Alex Campbell - No. 2 (Midnight Special)
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  • Alex Campbell - No. 2 (Midnight Special)
    • 1958 - Unidisc EX 45 135 M EP (France)
    • 2014 - BNF Collection — digital

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  • Side One
    1. The Midnight Special
    2. Another Man Done Gone
  • Side Two
    1. Ludlow Massacre
    2. The Night Herding Song

  • Musicians:
    • Alex Campbell: vocals, guitar
    • with Joe Locker: banjo

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American's Square Dance
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  • American's Square Dance
    • 1962 - Unidisc 25 127 S EP (France)
    • 2014 - BNF Collection — digital
      • "Alex Campbell & The Fire Boys"

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  • Track List:
    1. Marching Thru' Georgia
    2. Birdie in the Cage
    3. Red River Valley
    4. Arkansas Travellers
    5. Coming Round the Mountain
    6. Take a Little Peek
    7. Buffalo Boys
    8. Divide the Ring

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Way Out West
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  • Way Out West
    • 1963 — ARC 36 EP

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  • Side One
    1. Wabash Cannonball
    2. Streets of Laredo
  • Side Two
    1. Old Chisholm Trail
    2. Jesse James

  • Musicians
    • ALEX CAMPBELL and the Gunslingers
      • Alex Campbell: vocal and guitar
      • Gerry Loughran: guitar
      • Royd Rivers: Harmonica
      • Dave Laibman: guitar and 5-string banjo
      • Ian McCann: mandolo, mandolin and autoharp
  • Credits
    • Associated Recordings Company, London, 1963
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Sleeve Notes

THE cattle are fed and watered: the horses tethered. The sun's gone down and the stars are appearing. Grub's come and gone and it's time to sing a song round the camp fire.

Instruments appear, throats are cleared, and voices are tried. And here are the songs the cowpokes sing: songs about the life they lead, the places they visit, the trails they follow.

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The 'Waag' International
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  • Track List:
    1. Mairies Wedding
    2. Te Haarlem In De Houte
    3. The Last Thing On My Mind/Er
    4. Ging Een Maagd Uit Baden
    5. Don't Think Twice, It's All Right

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Been On The Road
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  • Been On The Road
    • 1965 - Transatlantic TRA SP 4 [7"]
  • Track List:
    1. Been On The Road (Campbell)
    2. Night Visiting Song (Trad. Arr. Campbell)

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I've Been on the Road
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  • I've Been on the Road
    • 1965 - Delta DS 1145 [7"]
  • Track List:
    1. I've Been on the Road (Campbell)
    2. The Last Thing on My Mind (Paxton)

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My Old Gibson Guitar
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  • My Old Gibson Guitar
    • 1966 - Transatlantic TRA EP 148 EP

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  • Side One
    1. My Old Gibson Guitar (Alex Campbell)
    2. Don't You Put Me Down (Alex Campbell)
  • Side Two
    1. Why Oh Why? (Woody Guthrie)
    2. Plane Wreck At Los Gatos (Woody Guthrie)

  • Musicians
    • Alex Campbell: vocal and guitar
  • Credits
    • Recorded at Olympic Studios London
    • Produced by Nathan Joseph
    • Cover photo and design Brian Shuel

Sleeve Notes

I was first introduced to the songs of Woody Guthrie by Rambling Jack Elliot back in 1957 and have sung Woody's songs ever since. Although I have recorded at least one of Woody's songs on all my Continental records this is the first opportunity I have had to record any of his work in Great Britain. "Why Oh Why?" I learnt from Jack Elliot and as I am the father of two fine sons it is one of my favourites. I know how exasperating it can be when weans keep pounding away at you with senseless questions but I would not be without them God bless them. "Plane Wreck at Los Gatos" is a song that just gradually crept into my repertoire as I can't remember learning it from any specific singer. Although I love Woody's light-hearted children's songs it is his songs of social comment that give me the greatest pleasure to sing, for with these I feel I can associate.

It may seem presumptuous that on the same record I should include two of my own songs, but already one of these has been accepted on the folk scene (in fact it is my most popular song after "Been on the Road so Long"), this being "My Old Gibson Guitar". Only last week when being driven home from a folk club by a person fairly new to folk music I was being asked about my life as a folk singer. I explained that I had made over 40 records, been singing professionally for ten years, done innumerable films and TV shows and travel approximately 1,500 miles a week. At the end of all this I was asked the usual question: What do I do for a living? I wrote this song quite a few years ago to answer that question. "Don't You Put Me Down" on the other hard is really a song of protest; by both colleagues and some sections of the press I am accused of being politically naive in as much as I sing and march for CND and take part in anti-apartheid demonstrations and marches against the war in Vietnam, yet though I know I am achieving nothing by these gestures I feel that they must be made. I am not a raving communist nor even a left wing socialist but I believe in humanity and I believe that where there is injustice or intolerance we should do what we can to alleviate these.

Alex Campbell, London — August 1966

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Victoria Dines Alone
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  • Victoria Dines Alone
    • 1968 - Saga OPP 2 [7"]
  • Track List:
    1. Victoria Dines Alone (Paxton)
    2. Pack Up Your Sorrows (Marden Farina)

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