Ralph McTell came from the same English coffeehouse circuit that helped give birth to the careers of Al Stewart and the late John Martyn. McTell has always been better known in his homeland and Australia than in the United States where he has received almost no attention whatsoever. He frequently performs live with just his voice and a guitar but, unlike similar artists who do the same, his concerts are still satisfying because the man has quite an appealing voice. He doesn’t need the adornments of a band to cover up any vocal deficiencies. Proof of this lies with his solo acoustic performances on Ralph, Albert, and Sydney, a cleverly named live album full of songs he recorded at the Royal Albert Hall and the Sydney Opera House. The veteran singer-songwriter owns a rich baritone and sings with an obvious English accent that enhances his live shows and recordings.
You can listen to "Streets of London" here. If you've never heard this great song before listening to it now is a must. While much of the world is getting caught up in the pomp this wonderful and ancient city has to offer because of tomorrow's Royal wedding the song offers a vivid portrait of London's dark side. The contrast between William and Kate's nuptials and "Streets" couldn't be more obvious.