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Early Jim McCann LP

theballadeer 20 Aug 10 - 05:15 PM
Thomas Stern 20 Aug 10 - 06:39 PM
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Subject: Early Jim McCann LP
From: theballadeer
Date: 20 Aug 10 - 05:15 PM

I have posted this elsewhere and gotten no reply. I am seeking more detailed information on Jim McCann's first solo LP "McCann". I have a (bad) scan of the cover and a catalog number and nothing else.

McCann: - Polydor 2904 001 LP (exact year of release unknown)

Does anyone have more information on this release - year, track list, credits, etc...???


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Subject: RE: Early Jim McCann LP
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 20 Aug 10 - 06:39 PM

Various sources list the following:

2904 001        Jim McCann - McCann    [1970?]
2489 053       JIM McCANN - McCanned   11/72
2904 003        Jim McCann - McCanned [10/1972] compilation drawn from first two albums

2908 018        Jim McCann - Streets of London [1972]

2078 020        Jim McCann - My Rambling Boy / Sunny Outside [1973?]

Seems Like A Long Time

A Jim McCann Retrospective

An unexpected and unusual surprise for fans of Jim McCann, veteran folk-singer and ex-member of The Dubliners, is a new special edition CD just released . Unexpected, because Jim McCann's singing career was effectively brought to a premature end in 2002 when he was diagnosed with throat cancer, and a surprise because this is a strictly one-off "Limited Edition" release. The first edition of 1,000 copies will each be individually numbered, and also personally autographed and dated by Jim McCann

"Jim and I made these recording together in the very early 70s.We were both only kids at the time, in fact I think I had to get a note from my mother so that I could get off school to produce the sessions! Anyway the recordings turned out really well and I was able to organize a release on Polydor Records Ireland, as it was then. Unfortunately we were about fifteen years ahead of our time, so even though the albums included a version of 'The Streets of London' which predated Ralph McTell's own hit single of the song, they were hardly promoted at all by the record company. As I say we were just kids at the time, so we didn't quite appreciate the potential the albums had and we more or less left it up to the record company.

"In later years, as I became a bit more knowledgeable about how the music business functioned, it was a regular source of regret to me that Jim's two fine albums had more or less been allowed to disappear without trace, and that Jim never got the recognition he so richly deserved for being such an innovative and exciting artist.

"Anyway, fast forward about thirty years when I and many others in the music business were shocked and saddened to hear the dreadful news of Jim's throat cancer, which was to bring his by then very successful career to a premature halt. The nature of Jims illness obviously precluded any kind of live show or benefit concert, so it occurred to me that perhaps these early recordings could be used in some way to act as a worthy testament to an under appreciated talent, and at the same time give all Jim's friends and fans an opportunity to be a part of that testament. I contacted Jim and after overcoming some very understandable reservations on his part I obtained his agreement to proceed with the project. I am very much looking forward to the reaction of people to these re-mastered recordings which I believe is going to one of surprise and delight."

When John suggested that that they make a compilation CD from the two albums, Jim, after some reflection, responded enthusiastically. They put their heads together with John's team of specialists at Trend, and from the recordings they chose sixteen tracks — a varied and totally enjoyable mixture of Irish, American and English folk songs that capture perfectly the feeling of those times, and the exuberant yet thoughtful singing and guitar playing of the young Jim McCann. Asked about his initial feelings on the suggestion, Jim says…

"When John called me with his idea for this project my first reaction was one of total surprise. I never really thought I'd hear these tracks again, and although my memories of those sessions are some of the happiest of my life, I wasn't sure that anybody would be interested in listening to those songs now, almost 35 years later. But John asked me to come in and have a listen. 'I think you'll be surprised' he said. And I was. I couldn't believe how fresh everything sounded after all this time. The choice of material may surprise many people who only know me from my later years with the Dubliners, but then these tracks were recorded after a period as a soloist touring the vibrant and eclectic English folk club circuit of the time, where I'd had the opportunity to hear many different styles and influences on an almost nightly basis. As a result I came back to Ireland with a wide selection of material, much of which was new to my audience and proved very popular. This is why the Trend sessions included songs from such a broad spectrum of styles — from Randy Newman to John Sebastian, from Hoyt Axton to Leonard Cohen, from Jerry Jeff Walker to traditional Irish. In those days we didn't worry whether or not a song was "commercially suitable", and my only criterion was whether or not I liked the song."

On a personal note, I have to say that I'm extremely moved by the generosity of John D'Ardis and everyone in Trend, and indeed of many of my other friends who've freely given their time and their professional expertise to help with this project. And still on a personal note, for me this collection will become an enduring memento of a time when everything was much simpler — a time when we all seemed to play and sing just for the pure enjoyment of making music."   

Track List;

1. You Never Wanted Me 2. Darling Companion 3. Seems Like A Long Time 4. Times Have Change 5. Bet No-One Ever Hurt This Bad 6. Ploughboy Lads 7. The Streets of London   8. I Gave You The Morning 9. Sunny Outside 10. That's No Way To Say Goodbye 11. I Used To Know You 12. It's About Time 13. Gospel Changes 14. The Light 15. Muddy Waters 16. I Know You Rider

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Subject: RE: Early Jim McCann LP
Date: 19 Aug 14 - 03:58 AM

Hi, you maybe able to help me, i'm looking for a song by Jim from around 1981, the song is called "Alone" and was featured in an RTE ad for the charity ALONE. Its a brilliant song that holds special memories for me. There is a snippet of it on Youtube, but i cant seem to get my hands on the full version. I have been onto RTE Archives, but the would not give it to me without the Arists/Composers written permission. I just want it for personal use.


Damien Hollywood

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