John Otway


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John Otway is a whimsical English folksinger who often records with multi-instrumentalist Wild Willy Barrett. Otway's first singles, including Green Green Grass Of Home, Turning Point, Headbutts, plus the mad instrumental I Did It Otway, were collected on I Did It (Stiff, 1981).

John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett (Polydor, 1977) remains his best album, boasting crazy folk ditties such as Really Free. Deep & Meaningless (Polydor, 1978) has Running From The Law. Where Did I Go Right (Polydor, 1979), with Ollie Halsall on guitar and Morgan Fisher on keyboards, features The Highwayman and Makes Good Music. Way & Bar (Polydor, 1980), most of which resurfaced on Deep Thought (Polydor, 1980), is his second best album.

All Balls & No Willy (Empire, 1982) was recorded without the partner, as the title implies.

Cor Baby (Strike Back, 1990) is a career anthology.

In the 1990s Otway resurfaced first with the rock opera Cheryl (Strike Back, 1991) and then with the collection of covers Under The Covers (Otway, 1992).

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Matteo Gentile)

John Otway uno stravagante cantante folk inglese che registra spesso con il polistrumentista Wild Willy Barrett. I primi singoli di Otway, tra cui Green Green Grass Of Home, Turning Point, Headbutts e il folle strumentale I Did It Otway, sono stati raccolti in I Did It (Stiff, 1981). John Otway e Wild Willy Barrett (Polydor, 1977) rimangono i suoi migliori album, che vantano astruse follie folk come Really Free. Deep & Signeless (Polydor, 1978) contiene Running From The Law. Where Did I Go Right (Polydor, 1979), con Ollie Halsall alla chitarra e Morgan Fisher alle tastiere, contiene The Highwayman e Make Good Music. Way & Bar (Polydor, 1980), le cui tracce riermersero poi in Deep Thought (Polydor, 1980), il suo secondo miglior album. All Balls & No Willy (Empire, 1982) stato registrato senza il partner, come suggerisce il titolo. Cor Baby (Strike Back, 1990) un'antologia di carriera. Negli anni '90 Otway riapparve prima con l'opera rock Cheryl (Strike Back, 1991) e poi con la collezione di cover Under The Covers (Otway, 1992).

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