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|1. Work song|
|3. Buhaina chant|
|5. Bourrée in E minor|
|6. Gavotte or Bourrée from D minor suite|
|7. How long blues|
|8. Medley- She moved thru the fair,Blue raga|
|10. Hey Bud blues|
|13. Louisiana blues|
Recorded in 1967 by skifflemeister (!) John Pilgrim, with a hand-held mic, in a student bedroom, at 1am, with a bunch of drunk students in the background! (Davy had just played at the University). Despite this the sound quality is good!
So yes there are background noises - this adds so much to the atmosphere of the recording. The Austin Powers-style comments crack me up! I wish they had put more of the conversations on, as stated in the excellent notes the master tape is longer. But what really matters is the playing, which of course is awesome. I find this cd so much more listenable than 'Folk, Blues & Beyond', 'Fire in the Soul' or 'Folk Routes...', it is just Davey and his guitar. He only sings on 3 tracks. It ranges from folk, blues, ragtime, hindustani raga, Bach, jazz, hard trance (just kidding), from 'Cocaine Blues' through the amazing 'She Moved Through The Fair' to 'Misirlou' (recognise it?). Every track is quality. It is remarkable how he can launch into an improvised jazz/blues solo while hanging onto the bassline ('Grooveyard'), come out on the right chord and seemingly not play a wrong note!
Davey is second only to Hendrix as a guitarist and innovator, heavily influencing Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, poor old Nick, and just about everyone else.
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Recorded on a tape recorder in a student's room after a gig at Hull Uni, this captures the essence of Graham's live playing. The quality of the recording is suprisingly good and the sounds of groovy hep cat students urging him on really adds to the piece although as another reviewer put it, there are some Austin Powers moments.
You can't really class this as folk because he just puts on another style like he's changing his socks. I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys guitar music. It is great to listen to attentively on your own or as background music for a gathering at home. It's warm and comfortable and as close to real music as it gets. It completely lacks any production without sounding thin. I cannot recommend this enough, it's great!
Play on Davey baby!