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Rough Trade Singer Songwriter 1 by Various
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8/10 Penrith Steve 29th July 2015

There’s quite a few of these Rough Trade Shops compilations around and they’re usually of a high standard. My favourite was the Rock ‘n’ Roll one. However, “Rough Trade Shops: Singer Songwriter 1” is great too. It’s a compilation chosen by their staff to highlight what they view as great songwriters. It features masters of the genre such as Elvis Costello, Mark Eitzel, Tom Waits and Elliott Smith alongside lesser known artists such as Franklin Bruno, who’s “Irony Engine” is one of the stand out tracks, Matthew Hattie Hein, an early effort from Jane Weaver and Barbara Manning of S.F. Seals.

I did at one point buy their compilations without looking at what was on them, their yearly review series, “Counter Culture” was, until recently, pretty essential. However their quality seems to have dipped. They must have new, younger staff.


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