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Patrick Sky

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Vanguard is finally re-issuing this '60s folkie after repeated requests from fans and critics! This is his first (1965) album, which includes Rattlesnake Mountain; Many a Mile; Reuben; Nectar of God , and more.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard
  • ASIN: B000000EIC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,932 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jerome Clark on September 21, 2001
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Though little remembered today, long retired from the music business, Patrick Sky recorded two classic Vanguard albums which are among the most artistically vital recordings of the 1960s folk revival. In this, the first of them (the second, A Harvest of Gentle Clang, has yet to be reissued), he proved himself a masterly interpreter of traditional material and a talented composer of original songs. In the former category is his brittle reading of "Reuben," a post-Civil War song of murky origins and many variants, its lyrics conjuring up cryptic images of loss, distance, and violence, leaving it to the uneasy listener to fill in the blanks. Sky's own composition "Nectar of God" is an overlooked masterpiece, as good as any Dylan song of the period, as emotionally compelling as the best of Townes Van Zandt and John Prine. With his dry, laconic vocal style, accompanied on all but two cuts by solo acoustic guitar (with occasional harmonica), he proves that great music does not depend on walls of sound and state-of-the-art studio technology. To me this record sounds as powerful now as it did when, thousands of albums heard since, I first put it on my record player more than three decades ago and was touched by its understated beauty.
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I met and sang with Pat before he made his first trip to New York. "I'm a legend there," he said, "everybody's heard ABOUT me, but nobody's heard me." Then as now, it's too bad. Pat taught Buffy Sainte Marie to fingerpick and was equally at home with Mississippi John Hurt. Buy it!
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This was Sky's first album, (1963?) combining traditional folk with Patrick's first originals. Why he never excelled beyond this and perhaps four other albums, ending with Song's that Made America Famous is beyond me. He now resides in North Carolina working on Irish Pipe music. He seemed to have self destructed with "Songs...." This first album is a must for all folk lovers.
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Before I decided to get this album, I had heard of Patrick Sky several times from different musicians (e.g. Dave Van Ronk name-dropping him in "Gaslight Rag" and mentioning him in his memoir). When it comes to folk music, I prefer it when a songwriter or performer is alone or playing with minimal instrumentation. On this album Sky is usually accompanied by nothing more than his guitar, with a harmonica or banjo changing things up a time or two. Obviously it's exactly what I was hoping for when I got it. I'm very picky about folk music, but now that I've had it for several months I can say that it's one of my favorite folk albums and a true gem.

His lyrics are decent, and his playing is fairly solid. Most of the highlights are his own songs. "Many a Mile" and "Love Will Endure" are among them, but "Nectar of God" shouldn't be ignored. It's delivered forcefully and sounds similar to Bob Dylan's "Masters of War", but Sky's delivery is much better. The lyrics are chilling: "Got the blues in my coffee / I got the blues in my head / If I died in the gutter / God almighty now / At least I'd be dead". I haven't heard many folk songs quite like it. The lighter "Hangin' Round" and playful "Separation Blues" aren't bad either.

Sky also does nice versions of Tom Paxton's "Everytime", Peter La Farge's "Ballad of Ira Hayes" and the traditional "Reuben's Train".

If you like Bob Dylan's first 3 albums, you should enjoy this immensely.
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Way back when I was a little bitty boy (alright, I was 25) I decided it was time I started to seriously get into folk music, and I asked a friend who knew all about it where I should start. He didn't hesitate - Patrick Sky, he told me, and he described the self-titled 1964 Vanguard album as "the perfect folk album". Well, that was in 1979. It's now 2005, and I have acquired and listened to a lot of folk albums in the last quarter century, and I'm here to tell you that my friend was 100% spot on - Patrick Sky is still "the perfect folk album".

The album starts with his self-penned rambling song, Many A Mile, which was later recorded by Buffy Sainte Marie, among others. There is something about this song that kinda makes you want to start a long journey. "I damn near walked this world around, another city, another town; the only home I ever knowed was a suitcase and the open road. And it's many a mile I've spent on this road, it's many a mile I've gone..." The delivery is tender, almost as though he were caressing the words; the melody wistful and plaintive.

For the second track, he immediately switches gears, and we get "Hangin' `Round" a light hearted comical "break-up" song, whose humor is both light and graceful at the same time. Love Will Endure is as gentle and tender as Hangin' Round is playful. "Reuben" is the obligatory harmonica tune, and like every other tune here shows his guitar skills and vocal prowess in the best possible light. Rattlesnake Mountain, a tongue-twisting fun-filled epic comic narrative about the fate of two star-crossed lovers will have you playing it again and again just to catch all the words.
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