Paul Kelly – Greatest Hits: Songs from the South Volume 1 & 2

Paul Kelly-Songs From The South

I know the name of course, but in truth my knowledge of the man’s music is shamefully limited to a few collaborative recordings with fellow Australian artists and his 2007 album Stolen Apples, thanks to Reviewshine I have had a chance to listen to a handpicked 40 song collection of his work in the form of a greatest hits release that’s now out in the US and available as a two-CD set for $14 (or $ 10 for the digital version).

In the business for over 30 years, according to Wiki Kelly has released eighteen albums (discography), I’m not normally a fan of this type of album -although the completest in me can rarely resist shelling out on them when released by my favourite artists with ‘bonus’ material, but I’d heartily recommend this double-release as an introduction to Kelly’s music, the quality of the song-writing and music showcased on the Greatest Hits release is stunning and I seriously need to set aside some time (and cash) to get familiar with the Kelly’s back catalogue, if like me Kelly’s music is unfamiliar to you I’d suggest you get hold of this album post haste, it’s didn’t take long before I was nodding in agreement with the PR quotes from Neil Finn (Crowded House) and fellow Aussie Kasey Chambers and the good news for the US is the album is the first in an reissue program that will see Kelly’s back catalogue of recordings restored to the American market, including an eight-live box set, The A-Z Recordings.

Paul Kelly – 1 – From St. Kilda to Kings Cross

Paul Kelly – 7 – Be Careful What You Pray For

Paul Kelly – 18 – You’re 39, You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine

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