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With Ian Guenther

Fraser & deBoltAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 1971
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fallout
  • ASIN: B000T97YG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,353 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

This beautiful collection of Canadian psych-folk swiftly came and went in 1971, but has since acquired a devoted cult following. A haunting set of self-penned tunes set to esoteric arrangements featuring gloriously unpredictable fiddle-playing, it makes its long-overdue CD debut here and is sure to delight fans of The Incredible String Band and the Holy Modal Rounders, as well as more recent acts like Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom.

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4.5 out of 5 stars
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please do not buy this: possible bootleg September 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Allan Fraser is my father and this label may have bootlegged this album. He was not notified of its release. Please hold off on buying this record--which indeed is beautiful and SHOULD be re-released--until the legalities can be sorted out. If you want to get in touch with Allan and Daisy, they are both on MySpace.

Please help protect artists and their work.

Thanks so much,
Kaya Fraser
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Work -But Beware October 31, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I own 5 vinyl copies of this album. It remains my favorite piece of music ever and I bought the CD reissue last week. As to it's legality, I can only say that the second half of the album appears to have been mastered from vinyl. That is not normal for a legal sanctioned work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Music, Horrible Copy August 14, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is one of my favorite albums of all time. Great songs, clever lyrics, superb musicianship, and the vocals - it's like Allan & Daisy's voices were made for each other. Absolutely beautiful. However, the CD is obviously dubbed from a vinyl record. The surface noise & scratches are noticeable, in some parts very distracting. My copy of the LP is in better shape - I could have gotten this for the price of a blank CD. And, as the review below indicates, this release appears not to be authorized by Fraser & DeBolt. I would have to assume they are not being paid the royalties they deserve. Until a legit copy comes out on CD, I recommend finding a good copy of the original on eBay or Music Stack.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaya's right- great great album, bad version August 15, 2011
Format:Audio CD
I was fortunate enough to be a regular at the Kirkland College coffeehouse in the years when this duo was frequently on the bill. I stumbled upon them one night in 1969 after spending several hours helping a friend sell a pound of something for which the statute of limitations has expired. I was unfortunate enough to do so just as "The Old Man On the Corner" came up, and even more unfortunate to do so on a night when the three of them (Guenther was with them) got to really messing with the temporal realities of the song. It took me half the set to sort out that which was chemical from that which was noumenal and that which was phenomenal-- but my understanding of what music really is grew about three years in 30 minutes.

I am one of those sorts of people who keeps a running tally of the best concerts I've ever seen; it includes shows by Stephane Grappelli, Miles Davis, Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Jerry Jeff Walker and the Lost Gonzo Band, Strength in Numbers, Asleep at the Wheel, the Grateful Dead-- and Fraser and DeBolt at Utica College; 1971, I think it was...

I snapped this CD up immediately on its availbility (before Kaya's warning went up.) My conclusion was that the reason the label resisted release on cd for so so long was not the widely rumored "revenge" motivation, but because they had lost/ruined the masters for side two. But if Fraser's not getting paid...

I had already collected a half dozen used copies (my original and three others already long worn out) and dubbed the cleanest version of each track to digital, cleaned them up further the best I could with Soundforge, and burned my own cd; and it is at least as good as the second side here.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best music ever January 11, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I've known of this album since 1971 and still enjoy the zany lyrics, great vocal harmonies and juxtapositions of voices and fiddle. Phrases that stick in your head for thirty-five years or so. I'm so glad it's being re-released on CD - a real gem!
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Had this item as a record many years ago. So good to hear it again. the item is in perfect condition and the delivery time was much more prompt than the timeframe you indicated. Thanks again
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