Streets…

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“It was all right, it is all right, and it will be all right.”

Ralph McTell’s next album was already finished before he recorded the ‘Streets of London’ single for release in the UK. He wanted the album to have a boxing theme – ‘In the Blue Corner’ or ‘Off the Ropes’ – but Warner Bros insisted on including ‘their’ hit single, and pressed hard for the LP to be called ‘Streets of London’. Ralph was upset at having the song on yet another album, but agreed a compromise title – in the end, it was released in March 1975 as ‘Streets…’.

Despite a difficult fight that no-one really won, Ralph’s natural optimism came through on the album’s last track: “It was all right, it is all right, and it will be all right.”

‘Streets…’ was Ralph’s most successful album, spending twelve weeks in the UK Album Chart – where it peaked at number 13 – and being awarded a Silver Disc for record sales in May, 1975.


LP and CD Issues

LP – Released 1975 in UK – Warner Bros K56105.
LP – Released 1975 in Germany – Warner Bros WB56105Z.
LP – Released 1975 in USA – 20th Century T-486.
LP – Released 1975 in Canada – 20th Century 9209-486.
LP – Released 1975 in Spain – Polydor 2310402.
LP – Released 1975 in Australia – EMI EMA312.
LP – Released 1975 in Scandinavia – Polydor 2382056.
LP – Released 1979 in Israel – Warner Bros 56105.
LP – Retitled ‘Streets of London’ – Released 1979 in USA – Kicking Mule KM307 [Note 1].
CD – Released 1995 in UK – Leola TPGCD12 [Note 2].
CD – Released 1999 in Germany – Repertoire REP4764-WG [Note 3].
CD – Released 2016 in UK – Leola TPGCD12 [Note 2] [Note 4].

Notes

1. See also Streets of London – The Albums.
2. With two bonus tracks.
3. With one bonus track.
4. Repackaged reissue.


See also Ralph’s own website article on ‘Streets…’