If you ever saw him play, you never forgot it. The wild-man mane of hair, the scruffy beard, the glint in his eyes and the pent-up intensity of his stage persona were enough to ensure that. But then there were the propulsive stomp of his foot keeping time during the songs and the dry banter between them. And could you ever get the sounds of that gruff bluesy voice, that fleet-fingered guitar work or those rippling autoharp solos out of your head? Twenty-some years down the road, Gove has discovered that he left an indelible mark on his listeners. Here, combined on one compact disc, are almost all of Gove's original, legendary Flying Fish recordings Coconut Gove and Shady Gove, featuring guests Doc Watson, John Hartford, Marty Stuart and Buddy Emmons. --Robert K. Oermann, from his liner notes
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For followers of the Gove cult, this single-CD reissue of his two classic Flying Fish albums has almost messianic implications. Truth be told, its easy to see why hes maintained such an avid following. 1977s Shady Gove
is a near-perfect representation of Scrivenors soulful country-folk-blues hybrid. Buttressed by folks such as Doc Watson, John Hartford, and Buddy Emmons, Scrivenors full, ripe, cozy voice sucks you in along with his subtly effective work on autoharp, slide guitar, and fingerpicked guitar. The warm and welcoming vibe of the session simply leaps out at you. The eight cuts from 1979s Coconut Gove
, with a young Marty Stuart on board, dont quite stack up, but come awfully close. Watson returns for a celebratory "Ill Fly Away" that builds to a memorable crescendo. Solid Gove
captures the twice-in-a-lifetime, lightning-in-a- bottle best of this unique performer. --Marc Greilsamer