MELANIE IN CONCERT
Introduction by Pete Drummond
1. SIGN IN THE WINDOW (3:35)
2. ALMOST LIKE BEING IN LOVE (4:55)
3. STONEGROUND WORDS (4:40)
4. HERE WE GO AGAIN (2:20)
5. ANY GUY (3:15)
6. THE SUN AND THE MOON (5:05)
7. THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS (From Handel’s ‘Messiah’) (2:35)
8. LEFTOVER WINE (5:20)
9. THE NICKEL SONG (3:50)
10. (I HOPE YOU) REMEMBER ME GOOD (3:55)
11. BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE (4:50)
12. VIRGIN MARY (2:45)
13. THE HALLELUJAH CHORUS (From Handel’s ‘Messiah’) (1:25)
All songs written by Melanie Safka except
Sign On The Window written by Bob Dylan
Almost Like Being In Love written by Lerner and Lowe
The Hallelujah Chorus composed by George Frederic Handel
Recorded at The Paris Theatre, Lower Regent Street, London, England 1975
Melanie: Nylon String Guitar
Barry Lee Harwood: Steel String Guitar, Mandolin
Pop Spectacular featuring MELANIE In Concert
Album issued by BBC Transcription Services 1976, Programme 110
It’s always a pleasure to welcome a guest from abroad to this concert series but a special pleasure when the guest is as attractive, engaging and talented as Miss Melanie Safka. Melanie was born in New York City and started her career there playing in clubs and bars, accompanying herself on guitar. She’s very much a product of her time – the ‘flower power’ era, the Greenwich Village folk scene – a unique transatlantic period which brought forward such fine female singer-songwriters as Joni Mitchell, Carole King, Buffy Saint Marie and Joan Baez.
Melanie first came to prominence in Britain on the release of a single, “Look What They Done To My Song, Ma”, which, though popular, actually provided a Number One hit for the New Seekers, who put out a cover version. She then countered that by reaching the Top Ten with a unique rendering of the Rolling Stones “Ruby Tuesday” and another winner of her own “Brand New Key”. It’s albums, however, which demonstrate the true value of Melanie and the great depth of talent that has made her a star. She had five best selling LPs up to 1973 when she was forced into temporary retirement to have her two baby daughters. “It’s uncomfortable holding a guitar when you’re pregnant”, she says.
Her 1975 English tour was a triumphant come-back with capacity audiences at every venue and with it came the release of a new album, “Sunset and Other Beginnings”. Music from that, along with some of her favourite songs from her early days can be heard – introduced, played and sung by Melanie – in this IN CONCERT performance.
Transcription discs were produced in very limited numbers (less than 100) by the BBC for use by radio stations.
The concert was later used as the basis for the CD “On Air”