If you mention her name
most people automatically think of Those were the
In recent years Mary has
been working on releasing archive material from her
The opening track Long
time ago sounds as though it could have been a hit
Overall this will be a
welcome addition to the Mary Hopkin archive and will be
Reports suggest that
Mary Hopkin will be recording new material again this
year and it
Mary Hopkin hasn't been in the headlines much lately, but that doesn't mean she hasn't been busy. In the last year or so, she has released a group of albums taken from her archives that are available through her website. Her voice is still the treasure you remember.
We are very pleased to have the opportunity to ask Mary a few questions in this email interview. Thanks to Mary for taking the time to answer them. And additional thanks to Judy Totton for her assistance.
Q: You've released three archival albums, including "Recollections." Do you have more tapes that could be released?
Mary Hopkin: Yes, we are working on a final album of previously unreleased recordings from that period, which is due out in May. There will also be a boxed set of these albums available.
Q: What are you doing these days? Have you considered any new recordings?
Mary Hopkin: Absolutely. I have never stopped writing and recording and Im totally in my element when Im in the studio. We just wanted to let these vintage recordings see the light of day first, but then well be releasing new material.
Q: How do you feel about your Apple recordings when you hear them now, especially "Those Were the Days"?
Mary Hopkin: Those Were the Days is a wonderful song and I'll always be grateful to Paul for giving me the chance to sing it. I also recorded some songs which didnt reflect my personal taste, but the ones written especially for me by Gallagher and Lyle, such as 'Sparrow' and 'Fields of St Etienne' are still my favourites.
Q: What is your favorite song among your Apple recordings? Among all your recordings?
Mary Hopkin: Im particularly proud of the entire Earth Song/Ocean Song album the songs, production and line up suited me perfectly. I still regret not being able to promote it at the time. I love all the songs on this album. My absolute favourites would be the two title songs by Liz Thorsen and "How Come the Sun" by Tom Paxton. On these newly released archive albums, recorded some years after I left Apple, there are some gems which I had forgotten about, such as A Leaf Must Fall (Clive Palmer) on Recollections which is an exquisite song.