Alex Campbell

Alex Campbell: 19 Rupert Street


  • 19 Rupert Street
    • 2011 - Witchwood WMCD2053 CD
      • Sandy Denny with Alex Campbell in Glasgow
  • Track List:
    1. The Leaves Of Life
    2. Willie Moore
    3. Balulalow
    4. The Sans Day Carol
    5. Trouble In Mind
    6. Jimmie Brown The Newsboy
    7. The Midnight Special
    8. Milk And Honey
    9. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?
    10. Fairytale Lullaby
    11. She Moves Through The Fair
    12. (And so to bed) Chuffa Chuffa Chuff/Clementine/Jesus Loves Me


Dave Cousins writes:
"I first heard this recording as I was being driven by my friend Stuart Douglas, Alex Campbell's cousin, round Lake Ontario on the way to Toronto. He put a cassette into the player, without saying a word, and I was amazed to hear Sandy Denny and Alex swapping songs and chatting away. Stuart had found the tape in Glasgow in Patsy Campbell's house after she died but, as a cassette, it was unusable for release.

Then last year I went to a meeting in Copenhagen and afterwards a guy came up to me and said that a friend of his had a tape of Sandy Denny that he'd recorded years ago in Glasgow. I wrote and asked if I could have a copy and a few weeks later, much to my amazement, the original tape arrived through the post. It was recorded at 19 Rupert Street, Glasgow, Alex Campbell's home, on 5 August 1967 on a quarter track domestic machine. I took it to Abbey Road to have it transferred to digital, and I was stunned to hear Sandy and Alex singing, laughing and joking as though I was in the room with them.

I edited and mastered it with legendary producer Chris Tsangarides. It's what it is, a home recording, but what atmosphere! On record Sandy often comes across as sounding melancholy. There are secrets behind some of her songs that very few people know, that brought about certain sadness. But this recording shows Sandy as she was when I first met her — bright and funny, with a voice that could pin your ears back or melt your heart. I'm so pleased to be able to share this with you."