Eric Bogle - Singing The Spirit Home

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(June 2005) 60 tracks

This 5 CD boxed set includes sixty songs written and recorded by the Scottish-Australian singer and songwriter Eric Bogle.

Eric has chosen the songs from his recorded output spanning the period from 1980, when he released Now I'm Easy, to 1997 and the release of Small Miracles.

All of Eric's 'big' songs are included in this collection. Tracks have been taken from the following albums, most of which have been deleted and are no longer available:

Now I'm Easy * Small Miracles * Plain and Simple * Hard, Hard Times * Just The Funny Stuff * Scraps Of Paper * When The Wind Blows * Voices In The Wilderness * Something Of Value * Singing The Spirit Home * I Wrote This Wee Song * Mirrors * The Emigrant and The Exile.

CD1: Now I'm Easy * No Man's Land (aka Green Fields of France / Private Willie McBride) * Front Row Cowboy * Song of the Whale * Dan * The Aussie BBQ Song * Sining River * Lady from Bendigo * I Hate Wogs * Leaving Nancy (live) * And the Band Played Waltzing Matilda * Belle of Broughton.

CD2: Scraps of Paper * He's Nobody's Moggy Now * If Wishes Were Fishes * Bushfire * The Engima * Hard Hard Times * Do You Know Any Dylan (live) * Safe in the Harbor * Little Gomez * A Reason For it All * Glasgow Lullaby * My Yougest Son Came Home Today.

CD3: When the Wind Blows * Wilderness * Silly Slang Song * Harry's Wife * Shelter * What Kind of Man * Feed the Children * Blues for Alex * Leaving the Land * Something of Value * Rosie (live) * Peace Has Broken Out.

CD4: Singing the Spirit Home * Katie and the Dreamtime Land * Welcome Home * Don't You Worry About That * Plastic Paddy * Somewhere in America * One Small Life * Short White Blues * Vanya * Mirrors * The Gift of Years * Wouldn't be Dead for Quids.

CD5: Small Miracles * Keeper of the Flame * Standing in the Light * The Digger's Legacy * Dedication Day * The Golden City * Troy's Song * Ekka's Silver Jubilee Song * Romeo and Juliet in Sarajevo * The Blessing * One Small Star * The End of an Auld Song.

"Boxed sets of Greatest Hits usually appear after the songwriter in question is safely dead, but I'm in reasonable health and I need the cash now. Anyway, this isn't really a Greatest Hits compilation, it's more a collection of the songs that are most requested at my live concerts, plus a few of my personal favourites. Taken together they form a pretty fair cross-section of the type of songs I have written over the last 30 years or so." (Eric Bogle)

"Most of the best contemporary songs of the 70's were written by Eric Bogle" (Melody Maker)

"A somewhat wide-ranging collection * if any one word could sum it up, it is probably 'iconoclastic'... An extraordinary ability to get into the mind of ex-servicemen, both those remembering comrades they left behind, and those wondering why they went. In Oz this means the Anzacs and Gallipoli, of course... Eric is also spot-on when he marks sadness and poignancy, with songs about children with cerebral palsy and worse, and break-ups of marriage... A fascinating collection, much enhanced by Eric's ability to deliver a song exactly as it should sound." (Scots Magazine)

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