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“It’s long overdue.”
Over the years, Ralph McTell’s in-house management companies – Mays Records, Leola Music – obtained the publishing rights to the recordings Ralph had made under contract to various other labels. But Ralph’s first label, Transatlantic, and its successors, retained control over ‘their’ McTell catalogue of recordings cut between 1967 and 1970. The US label Kicking Mule compiled ‘The Best of Ralph McTell‘ from these recordings in 1980, followed by Cambra with ‘At His Best’ in the UK in 1982.
But those recordings, good though they were (and are), did not of themselves represent Ralph’s ‘best’ work. Ralph remedied this in 1988 when he selected eight of the ‘old’ songs and eight more recent tracks for release as ‘The Very Best of Ralph McTell’ (emphasis added). Ralph wrote on the sleeve note, “I’m very pleased with this new album, it’s long overdue!”
Ralph has subsequently issued several themed compilations, including two collections of ‘love songs’, an album to accompany his 2014 tour of the Celtic nations, and a 4-CD career retrospective box set .
The Very Best of Ralph McTell
Compiled from recordings made between 1967 and 1976.
A Collection of His Love Songs – Affairs of the Heart
Complied from recordings made between 1974 and 1986 plus 6 new recordings.
Silver Celebration – A Selection of Songs from the first 25 years
Compiled from recordings made between 1974 and 1986 plus 4 new recordings.
The Journey – Recordings 1965 – 2006
The Definitive Collection
Compiled from recordings made between 1974 and 2001.
CD – Released 2007 – Highpoint HPO6016.
Streets of London and Other Story Songs
Compiled from recordings made between 1974 and 2006.
Affairs of the Heart
Compiled from recordings made between 1971 and 2007 plus 2 new recordings.
4-CD box set – Released 2010 – Leola TPGCD30.
An English Heartbeat – London and England 2012
Five songs for the Olympic year: four from 1974 to 2010, plus one new recording.
CD – Released 2012 – Leola TPG34
A collection of Celt-themed songs recorded between 1976 and 2010.
CD – Released 2014 – Leola TPGCD36.