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Duncan Browne

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England (1968 – 1993)

Duncan Browne (25 March 1947 — 28 May 1993) was a singer-songwriter from England whose début album “Give Me, Take You”, a melancholy baroque folk album often compared to Nick Drake’s albums, was released on Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate label in 1968.

Together with two other multi-instrumentalists, Peter Godwin and Sean Lyons, Browne formed the band Metro whose debut (‘Metro’) was released in the late ’70s on the Transatlantic label.

Somewhat difficult to pigeon-hole in terms of style, one possible description could be “underground Paris soft rock” coincidentally harking back to the band’s name, the music being strongly evocative of loss, passion and lust in a city of romance such as Paris. “Criminal World” the first single from the debut, was later covered by David Bowie, although the original remains the definitive version. “Flame” and its “Overture” are highlight tracks that would be appreciated across many genres of listeners.

Browne released a few more albums, amongst others “The Wild Places” in 1978, which was more pop-orientated than his first effort, in the ’70s and ’80s. It brought him the hit The Wild Places.

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  • Julilionet

    This man was a musical Genius! :O *.*

    20 Aug 2013 Reply
  • aasdfasf

    all of Give Me Take You and In a Mist and My Old Friends are so great :3

    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • ShaggyAlonso

    @DeadKinks....erm.....he's dead, sadly. Tragically died in his 40s of cancer. It remains a mystery to me how Duncan's music is so little-known.

    19 Sep 2012 Reply
  • surajsharma

    something completely new for me but i adore it!

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    Who would recognise him now he's getting grey?

    7 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Bullinamingvase

    A true talent. A classic English singer songwriter. Such a shame so few people will ever hear his music.

    25 Jul 2010 Reply
  • ainhoa_lin

    Amazing.

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • Steph3nDedaluS

    a true underrated genius. just listen to ragged rain life, he was way ahead of his time.

    23 Dec 2009 Reply
  • BoringArcade

    Makes me feel gay. I love it.

    27 Jun 2009 Reply
  • katrina_l

    Waking You pt. 1 & pt. 2 are both so amazing.. Alfred Bell is a great track. This man's work is beautiful.

    19 Mar 2009 Reply
  • lulahbelle

    I've been listening to Streets of Fire alot recently and I agree that yes it is woefully underrated and also I agree with the dire straits comparison. In fact I'm glad someone else thinks that cos I was thinking likewise even though I don't have much of a knowledge of Dire Straits and I thought I was going a bit mad...

    11 Mar 2009 Reply
  • musicmakesus

    streets of fire might just be the most overlooked piece of work ever recorded... the sax on fallen angel informed the likes of boz scaggs and even the band for SNL for god's sake! the guitar on fauvette is pure dire straights BEFORE dire straights! american heartbeat is a masterpiece... contrasted by nina morena - another brilliant composition that al stewart surely wishes he a had created... and then there's restless child of change which might be the most hauntingly sad song ever crafted! god, i love and have since 1979 always loved DB. god bless and RIP, dude.

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • digbydeesh

    This guy was phenomenal,pity he died so young.Lyrics and artistry what can you say?

    27 Oct 2008 Reply
  • Fortiske

    Lovers set the wheels in motion In the heat of the moment I just lose control ...

    16 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Reincremation

    my last name is duncan-brown so this dude weirds me out. good music though.

    10 Mar 2008 Reply
  • Danimod

    LOL

    21 Sep 2007 Reply
  • Pattrick

    Seriuosly, only 8000 plays?

    22 Jun 2007 Reply
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