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The Best of British Folk [St. Clair]

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St. Clair's entry into the crowded milieu of British folk collections is absolutely saturated with John Renbourn tracks. While an obvious giant of the genre, seven appearances on a "various artists" compilation is quite an achievement -- poor Ralph McTell boasts only three. That said, there's some great stuff here from the Humblebums ("Shoe Shine Boy"), Mr. Fox ("Join Us in Our Game"), and the McCalmans ("Skye Boat Song"). Those who have never ventured outside of McTell's "Streets of London" -- included here -- would do well to immerse themselves in this enjoyable, yet slightly misleading, celebration of British folk music.

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