Hmmm, I wonder whether I kept that tape of Ben Murphy’s out-takes – they sound like fun. Another mini Ogblog project for the jotter.
I recommend that Ben records Donald and Lydia in this letter and Ben complies – see MP3 below the letter. What power of persuasion I must have had. Such a shame he ignored my other requests.
I still really like For What It’s Worth – one of my first baritone ukulele efforts and I still play it quite a lot.
Ben Murphy 16 February 1995
(Wells address redacted)
THE PROMISED STUFF
It was good to talk to you last night. I enclose the stuff I promised and shall think about the other stuff.
The songs from your out-takes I really liked were:
For What It’s Worth (number one request)
The Irish Rover
Dreaming just comes natural (or something – C&W number about about Lydia & Donald – I really like it)
Look forward to hearing from you soon.
Here is Ben Murphy’s clear and crisp recording of Donald and Lydia:
But if you’d prefer to hear (or want to hear as well) John Prine’s wonderful original version: