Rolling Stone (5/17/69, p.17) - "...ambitious exploration of the Pop medium....a knock-out..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[B]oasting impeccable arrangements which accentuated the fragile beauty of Hopkin's lilting voice."
Personnel includes: Mary Hopkin (vocals); Paul McCartney, Donovan (guitar).
Reissue producer: Ron Furmanek.
Digitally remastered by Mike Jarratt at Abbey Road, London, England in February 1991.
Originally released on Apple Records.
Includes liner notes and discography by Steve Kolanjian.
Audio Mixer: Ken Scott .
Audio Remasterers: Steve Rooke; Guy Massey; Alex Wharton.
Liner Note Author: Andy Davis .
Recording information: Abbey Road, London; Trident And Morgan Studios, London.
Paul McCartney produced this debut album of twee but pretty, romantic pop-folk. Besides "Those Were the Days" (which actually originally appeared only on the British version, though it's on the CD reissue now available throughout the world), the highlights are Donovan's "Lord of the Reedy River" and "The Honeymoon Song," which McCartney himself had sung with the Beatles way back in 1963 on the BBC. If there's a fault to be found, it's that there's too high a percentage of pre-rock/pop standards à la "There's No Business Like Show Business." As it turns out this was more due to the leanings of McCartney than Hopkin, who preferred the more simply arranged folk numbers such as the Donovan covers and the Welsh "Y Blodyn Gwyn." Also on board is a rather nice composition, "The Game," by Beatles producer George Martin, who contributed some piano and orchestra conducting to the album. The CD reissue includes George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" (which was on the original U.K. version of the LP, but was taken off the American counterpart), as well as the "Those Were the Days" B-side "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and versions of "Those Were the Days" that Hopkin sang in Italian and Spanish. ~ Richie Unterberger
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