Easy (Ralph McTell album)

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Easy
Studio album by Ralph McTell
Released March, 1974
Recorded 1974
Genre Folk/Folk rock/Country blues
Label Reprise
Producer Ralph McTell, Danny Thompson, Tony Visconti
Ralph McTell chronology
Not Till Tomorrow
(1972)
Easy
(1974)
Streets...
(1975)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Easy is the 1974 album by British Folk musician Ralph McTell. Guest musicians include folk pioneers Wizz Jones; Bert Jansch and Danny Thompson from Pentangle; Gerry Conway from Fotheringay; and Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks composed by Ralph McTell [2]

  1. "Take It Easy"
  2. "Maddy Dances"
  3. "Maginot Waltz"
  4. "Sweet Mystery"
  5. "Stuff No More"
  6. "Run Johnny Run"
  7. "Zig Zag Line"
  8. "Let Me Down Easy"
  9. "Would I Lie to You?"
  10. "Summer Lightning"

Personnel[edit]

  • Ralph McTell - acoustic guitars (1-10), lead vocals (1-10), banjos (7), harmonium (3), harmonica (5,7)
  • Wizz Jones - guitar (1)
  • Bert Jansch - guitar (6)
  • Danny Thompson - double bass (1-2,4,5-6,8-10), bass drum (5), hi-hat (5)
  • Steve Bonnett - mandolin (1,2)
  • Mike Piggott - violin (4)
  • Lynsey Scott - violin (1)
  • Dave Mattacks - drums (1,2)
  • Gerry Conway - drums (4,6,9)
  • Michael Bennett - background vocals (1)
  • John Kongos - background vocals (6)

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Ralph McTell, Danny Thompson and Tony Visconti
  • Recording Engineers: Phil Dunne, John Kongos, Mike Noble and Tony Visconti
  • Cover painting: Enrique Serra

Awards and accolades[edit]

  • "Easy" reached number 31 in the UK Album Chart soon after its release in March, 1974.[3]
  • "Easy" was awarded a Silver disc for record sales in August, 1976.[4]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue Notes
United Kingdom 1974 Reprise LP K54013
United States 1978 Kicking Mule LP KM303 The US release has a revised running order.
United Kingdom 1999 Leola CD TPGCD17 The CD release has two bonus tracks.

Track variations[edit]

The UK 1999 CD release includes two bonus tracks taken from a single released in 1972:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Easy" LP sleeve, 1974.
  3. ^ Chart Stats. “Ralph McTell”. Accessed 22 September 2009.
  4. ^ BPI. “Certified Awards Search: Ralph McTell”. Accessed 22 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Easy" CD insert, 1999.