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CD with a gatefold Japanese mini LP jacket of never released 1963 home recordings. Remastered at Abbey Road Studios by Peter Mew, these are ultra-rare and historic recordings (Karen Dalton only released 2 LPs) and they also prove K. Dalton s influence on her famous friends and peers (Bob Dylan, Fred Neil, Tim Buckley, Tim Hardin). As close as one will ever get to hearing the record Karen Dalton would have made in 1963. The unusual CD packaging with gatefold jacket is similar to '60s heavy cardboard LP jacket that includes an 8 page booklet with beautiful, newly unearthed photos of Karen Dalton from 1962-3 and liner notes by Dick Weissman.

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Four Stars: This deeply moving album is proof that the singer is as important as the song: Dalton never wrote her own material but her interpretations of these ancient, mostly anonymous tunes is deeply moving. Sometimes she's out of time, sometimes the recording crackles and fizzes, and yet the sound is never less than enchanting. -- MOJO, May 2008, Issue 174 by Will Hodgkinson

My favorite singer in the place was Karen Dalton. She was a tall white blues singer and guitar player, funky, lanky, and sultry. I'd actually met her before, run across her the previous summer outside of Denver in a mountain pass town in a folk club. Karen had a voice like Billie Holliday's and played guitar like Jimmy Reed and went all the way with it. I sang with her a couple of times. -- Bob Dylan on the Cafe Wha?, Chronicles Volume One, pg 12

She is my favorite female blues singer. -- Nick Cave

Without a doubt, she is my favorite singer. -- Devendra Banhart

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Songs from this album are available to purchase as MP3s. Click on "Buy MP3" or view the MP3 Album.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

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listen  1. Green Rocky Road 4:01$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo 3:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Ribbon Bow 4:09$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Katie Cruel 5:11$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Little Margaret 5:08$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Red Rockin' Chair 3:50$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Nottingham Town 6:25$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Skillet Good & Greasy 3:56$0.89  Buy MP3 
listen  9. In The Evening 5:28$0.89  Buy MP3 

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 16, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Delmore
  • ASIN: B0012U3446
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By michael mee on July 12, 2008
Format: Audio CD
TRACK LISTING:
1. Green Rocky Road
2. Whoopee Ti Yi Yo
3. Ribbon Bow
4. Katie Cruel
5. Little Margret
6. Red Rockin' Chair
7. Nottingham Town
8. Skillet Good and Greasy
9. In the evening

Green Rocky Road is as close as we'll ever get to hearing the record Karen Dalton would have made in 1963. Discovered on the same reel-to-reel tapes that yielded the live performances comprising the Cotton Eyed Joe release, were nine home recordings of Dalton left alone, with no one watching, no audience to please. Accompanied solely by her own sturdy banjo picking and 12 string strumming, her deep blue, smoky-throated singing evokes the voices and faces of past lives lived - the broken-backed pioneer, the coalminer black with shadow, the stained fingers of the slave, the prostitute...the dead and forgotten. Karen was perhaps the last true folk singer and that's the bases of the potent appeal of her enigmatic art and of her commercial failure during her too-brief lifetime.

Karen took the opportunity to play music just as she pleased, very much part of the authentic "folk" process of transmission and translation that had operated in this country for centuries. Like her predecessors in this tradition she drew on whatever material caught her fancy whether it was a farm laborer's song she'd learned as a child or a Ray Charles' tune she'd heard on the radio the day before and every style. While the foundation was rural home-brewed music that base was informed by jazz, pop, big band blues - the music that Leadbelly and his generation of folk singers did not perform for the revivalist audience.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Haddan on May 19, 2009
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No one has taken me by storm recently as much as Karen Dalton, and this cd is equal to each of her others as valuable archives of her incredible gift and likeablity. I bought all of the current ones available and often put all of them in my cd player to play repeatedly during the day or night. She really takes me there. She is the real deal and sought not to 'make it' in the music industry as much as bring the essence of her soul to the forefront. She accomplished this and more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Scrivener on January 15, 2014
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This is the most primitive of the Karen Dalton recordings I've heard, sounds like it was made in the garage. Her voice sounds worse - huskier - than other records. But, what the heck, it's cool to listen anything by her, made me look up Green Rocky Road in Wikipedia. It's got another version of Katie Cruel, and a version of Nottingham Town, an old folk tune.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ralph and Martha Wright on March 23, 2009
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She never got much acclaim in her lifetime, but hers is a one of a kind voice. This disc may be the best representation of her skills, though not the best sounding, as 'tis home recordings... If ye like 60s folk and blues, ye gotta hear this gold mine
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By Mr Kerry P Corker on February 22, 2015
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anything by karen dalton is worth buying. beautiful as usual.
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