© 2001 Shoestring
Allan Caswell is a singer/songwriter from Australia, who would back himself to get a good song out of virtually any subject. Allan's career as an entertainer has taken him to almost every town in New South Wales, every state in Australia, to New York, LA, San Francisco, Nashville and New Zealand. He has worked live with Garth Brooks, Don McLean, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Pam Ayres and The Little River Band and in the studio with Tommy Emmanuel, Vince Gill, Kathy Mattea and Highway 101. Over 400 of Allan's songs have been recorded world-wide by artists like Cilla Black, The Irish Rovers, Patti Page, Slim Dusty, James Blundell and The Living End.
His best known song, 'On The Inside', the theme song he wrote for the television series 'Prisoner', reached No.1 in Australia and New Zealand, No.3 in England and made the country charts in the USA. He has been awarded 5 Golden Guitars at Tamworth (and a finalist 26 times), 2 gold singles and an ARIA for 'On The Inside', as well as 1 platinum and 4 gold albums for his writing and production work on the hugely successful children's albums by Don Spencer. Very impressive stuff!
This album gathers together 19 of Allan's songs covering everything from Country to Pop and Gospel. The album opens with "1963," a catchy tune, complete with jangly guitars, that takes me back to my teenage years. Favourite picks among the Country or Country-ish tracks include of course, his version of "On The Inside" a song that has always been a favourite of mine since first watching the 'Prisoner' TV series. I also particularly like "King Of The Rodeo," a slow song that tells about the pressures of being of a Rodeo champ while "Where Do Old Cowboy's Go" is another good song, that asks what Cowboy's do when they are too old to ride the rodeo. Line-dancers are catered for with the lively, toe tappin,' "Stole My Heart Away," the harmonica laden "Black Jack Blues Again," and the Achy breaky sounding......for it's sins....."Ooh Baby Ooh," while I also like the bouncy, pop/country "Used To Be a Gold Song" and "Are We Having Fun Yet," a couple of songs that stay around in your head for a while.
"Caswell Sings Caswell" is a good representation of the work of this fine Australian singer/songwriter, who is undoubtedly, best known for his Prisoner Cell Block 'H' Theme. As this collection shows there is so much more to the man than that and I have no hesitation in recommending you add this CD to your record collection.