Great work from this overlooked singer – two full albums, and bonus tracks too! First up is the Sing Children Sing album – great work from Lesley Duncan – British singer/
songwriter from the late 60s, whose greatest claim to fame was probably her "Love Song", from Elton John's Tumbleweed Connection album – but who's more than great enough here as a lead act! Duncan worked as a backup singer for John – who also appears on this record playing piano – but on this obscure solo album from, she emerges as a richly talented artist on her own – sort of a British answer to Laura Nyro, but with touches that are a bit more folksy overall, thanks in part to the strong use of acoustic instrumentation on the set. The tunes all have a simple solid approach – and in addition to Elton John's work on piano, the record also features a fair bit of guitar from Chris Spedding – on titles that include "Chain Of Love", "Mr Rubin", "Sing Children Sing", "Crying In The Sun", "Love Song", and "Sunshine". Earth Mother has Lesley Duncan at the height of her powers – really moving past some of the folksy roots that were the stock in trade for female singer/
songwriters in the 60s – finding the special sort of territory that should have made her as huge as American contemporaries like Carly Simon or Carole King – even though we'd probably say that Duncan is better than both of them combined! There's a hipness to her tunes that's great – understated emotions, wrapped up in beautiful words – given just the right kind of simple backing in a mix of acoustic and electric elements, with maybe even some occasional nods to the sounds taking place in the Island Records scene at the time. Titles include "Time", "Love Will Never Lose You", "Thunder", "Fortieth Floor", and "Old Friends". 2CD set features bonus tracks – "I Love You I Love You", "Exactly Who You Are", and "A Road To Nowhere" – plus single versions of "Sing Children Sing", "Love Song", and "Lullaby".