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“Uncle Willie told me before he died…”

Ralph McTell says of recording his 1974 album, ‘Easy’, “It wasn’t”. Tony Visconti produced the first few tracks, but was taken off the project, leaving Ralph to complete it with Danny Thompson.

One of the songs on the album includes a reverential reference to Blind Willie McTell, from whom Ralph had taken his stage name: “Uncle Willie told me before he died – treat your woman good…”

‘Easy’ sold well, reaching number 31 in the UK Album Chart soon after its release, and being awarded a Silver Disc for record sales in August, 1976.


LP and CD Issues

LP – Released 1974 in UK – Reprise K54013.
LP – Released 1978 in USA – Kicking Mule KM303.
CD – Released 1999 in UK – Leola TPGCD17 [Note 1].

Notes

1. The CD release includes two bonus tracks taken from a 1972 single.


See also Ralph’s own website article on ‘Easy’.