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Folk Roots New Routes

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nottamun Town
  2. Proud Maisrie
  3. The Cherry Tree Carol
  4. Blue Monk
  5. Hares on the Mountain
  6. Reynardine
  7. Pretty Saro
  8. Rif Mountain
  9. Jane, Jane
  10. Love Is Pleasin'
  11. Boll Weevil, Holler
  12. Hori Horo
  13. Bad Girl
  14. Lord Greggory
  15. Grooveyard
  16. Dearest Dear


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B00000JKEX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Being a pretty big Davy Graham fan, I've been eyeing this release for quite a while--the one thing that held me back was a fear that Graham's role on album would be one of downplayed, disappointing accompaniment, rather than the inventive, spirited and breathtaking guitar that I've come to love on his later solo albums. After finally taking the plunge, I wish I hadn't waited so long! Rather than existing solely as a side-man for Shirley Collins, this album is really a true collaboration in which each superb artist sits on equal footing, which makes the music slightly greater than the sum of its parts.

For the most part, this is an album of British folk tunes, save a few exceptions. Fans of Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, Pentangle, Martin Carthy and other major forces in the 60's British folk revival will find a number of familiar folk tunes ("Reynardine," "Hares on the Mountain," "Love is Pleasin'") as well as some that are a bit more obscure. It's pretty clear that this album was an inspirational force in that fledgling folk renaissance (before the real British folk-rock boom that blossomed in the late 60's/early 70's).
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Format: Audio CD
When the English folk singer Shirley Collins teamed up with the extraordinary guitarist Davy Graham in 1964 , this remarkable album was the result .

It's a treat to hear Shirley's interpretations of these old English and American folk tunes , but the real revelation is Davy Graham's exquisite and inventive acoustic playing . He brings these songs to life with his incredibly fluent guitar picking , spicing them up with jazz influences , and sounds from the east .

This album was an important catalyst in spawning the folk revival in England , and inspired bands like Fairport Convention , but that aside , it should also be remembered as a sublime showcase for the art of acoustic guitar playing .
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Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
Great recording - if a bit annoyingly separated into their respective stereo channels. Definitely one worth having for an audiophile collection. Graham's guitar work is perfect of course but doesn't overpower Collins' lovely voice. Those from the Old Country will love the tunes!
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Format: Vinyl
Great album, but I am so sick of seeing every new pressing on vinyl, of a record I really want on vinyl, being pressed by 4 Men With Beards. My Bill Fay was warped, brand new. My Faust "So Far" had audible defects on both sides. The mastering is typically muddy. I'll see if I can find an older pressing I can afford elsewhere. Who cares if it is 180 gram, if there is no quality control and lousy mastering. They are doing too much, too quickly. I doubt they're even mastering all, or any, of the product they are slinging out specifically for vinyl. I haven't heard this one, and I won't, because I won't buy a record pressed by them ever again. Great and important record though. I'd recommend the CD or an older pressing in good shape, if you can afford it. I'd like to have a new very nasty word for people who own classic pressings of classic recordings and don't play them, lest they lose value... and try to sell at outrageous prices, making these folk recordings inaccessible to "the folk." I suppose I appreciate what 4MWB and Sundazed and such are doing... making this stuff available again and affordable... I just wish they would treat what they have with some respect and release the best sounding records they can, get a good master, a good pressing, check the test pressings and have some quality control and consistency. 180 Gram doesn't equal great quality. It can... if it is done right... but if it is not done right, it is just a big fat slab of wrong. Blah blah blah, complain complain complain. I know.
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