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The Best Of Davy Graham (A Scholar & A Gentleman) [Box set]

Davy Graham Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Oct 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca - Pop
  • ASIN: B002P3JRSG
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

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Listen  1. Angi (7" ep) 2:23Album Only
Listen  2. Sermonette 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Don't Stop The Carnival 1:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. She Moved Through The Fair 3:100.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Take Five 1:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Blues For Betty 3:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Davy's Train Blues 2:57Album Only
Listen  8. Better Git In Your Soul 2:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do 2:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright 2:490.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Rock Me Baby 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Maajun (A Taste Of Tangier) - Guitar Solo 2:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Grooveyard 3:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nottamun Town 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Rif Mountain 2:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Blue Monk 3:030.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Reynardine - Arr. Hughes 2:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. She Moved Thru' The Bizarre/Blue Raga (Live) 7:40Album Only

Disc 2:

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Listen  1. No Preacher Blues 2:130.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Fakir 4:090.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Fire In My Soul 1:500.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Watermelon Man 2:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Bruton Town 3:560.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Tristano 3:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Jenra 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sunshine Raga 6:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bulgarian Dance 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Stan's Guitar 2:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Hornpipe For Harpsichord Played Upon Guitar - Arr. Graham 1:260.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Getting Better 1:580.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Buhaina Chant 2:290.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonnymoon For Two 3:000.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Charlie 2:430.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Ramblin' Sailor 1:180.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Everything's Fine Right Now 1:40Album Only
Listen18. Forty Ton Parachute 1:12Album Only

Product Description

BBC Review

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone, and when folk guitarist Davy Graham died in 2008, relatively unknown compared to the likes of Bert Jansch, Jimmy Page and Johnny Marr, who all owed him a debt of influence, it was too late for most. This two-CD collection helps rectify the balance, cherry picking from the eight albums he recorded before or during 1970, by which time drugs had all but ended his career, after which he largely made a living teaching guitar.

What made Graham such an unknown giant? Well, the giant part is easy: although the jury is out on whether he actually invented it, Graham certainly popularised the DADGAD guitar tuning that became the default setting for any finger-picking guitarist; plus he wrote Anji, his first ever composition, aged just 19, which went on to become a folk standard recorded by Simon & Garfunkel, Jansch and Chicken Shack, and performed by myriad others.

The unknown part is harder to fathom. Never having an American recording contract didn’t help, but Graham was too eclectic for some, able to cross from jazz to folk to rock to raga to blues to ragtime in a heartbeat. Towards the end of the 60s (his first album, The Guitar Player, came out in 1963) his behaviour was eccentric at best, reflected in the music, rather like a folk Syd Barrett.

But that doesn’t mean he’s difficult. There’s no mistaking how effortlessly smooth his playing was, and while Graham never claimed to be much of a singer, one listen to his limp voice on Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright or his struggle with The Beatles’ Getting Better confirms why he mostly recorded instrumentals. Even so, the tracks here from his 1964 album with doyen Shirley Collins, Folk Roots, New Routes, are among his best.

Over these 36 tracks, his abilities and vision can be breathtaking. From the first flourish of Anji through his introduction of jazz and blues to folk traditions, not to mention bringing far more exotic influences to the Brit folk scene – on Maajun (A Taste of Tangier) you can almost smell the ground cumin years before Page, Brian Jones or Jimi Hendrix ventured to Morocco – he was as instrumental in bringing world music to the West as Peter Gabriel was over a decade later.

To ‘scholar’ and ‘gentleman’, for once the word ‘pioneer’ can be added without fear of contradiction. --Andy Fyfe

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterful Guitar work. 22 Dec 2009
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Wow!! What a fine selection of Davy's Decca recordings. It really has most of his album favourites although one was missed off for some reason? 'Leaving Blues' from his Folk, Blues and Beyond album was a sad omission. However apart from this single blemish, items such as 'Angi''She moved through the fair''Rock me baby''The Fakir'
'Fire in my soul''Sunshine Raga''Ramblin' Sailor' and 'Forty ton parachute' to name but a few of the amazing 36 tracks are all there. It is clear to see why he was such an inspiration to so many guitarists during these Decca years with his coverage of so many different styles of music dipping into Jazz, Blues and Folk and even some of the pop music of the 60's. If you are already converted to Davy's music and have most of his early albums it's still worth your while to purchase this collection as the recordings are clean and fresh. If you are new to the guitar world then it's about time you were in touch with this gifted and amazing player, he will take you to other worlds of music and broaden your listening horizons.A cracking double CD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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This represents a really great collection of Davy Graham's highly innovative work in this value for money double CD package.The List of names influenced by Davy Graham's guitar playing reads like a roll call of the best players that have graced the instrument, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Nick Drake and so many others that have namechecked Davy when citing the reasons why they started to play the instrument.It's easy to see why when giving this collection a hearing. It starts with the Jazz-Folk staple "Angi" that launched so many guitar playing careers in the early '60s and almost single handedly, alongside the music of Martin Carthy, gave acoustic folk it's following from that period and echoed around UK folk clubs for many years to come.It still sounds as fresh and accomplished today as it did nearly 50 years ago.
There is a tremendous cross section of Graham's ability to play and give fusion to many styles here,"She Moved Through The Fair", "Nottamun Town" and "Bruton Town","Reynardine" showcasing the almost unique folk sound he created on guitar but the Jazz tones of Mingus's "Better Git It in Your Soul" , "Blue Monk" demonstrate not only his virtuosity for Jazz guitar but how he was able to straddle this genre with what sounds like consummate ease.
"Majaan" and "She Moved Through the Bizarre/Blue Raga" also embody the Morrocan/Blues fusion that he made his own distinctive, iconic style many years before the term World Music had even been coined. He absorbed the music of many different cultures from the extensive travels he made, venturing into North Africa, Eastern Europe and elsewhere and these experiences surface in the fine works collected in this set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a Scholar or a Gentleman 4 Dec 2010
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Those familiar with the immense influence of Davy Graham as a guitarist on folk,blues jazz music from the 1960's and familiar also with the eclectic mixture of genres that made him a sort of one-man world music guru before the term was invented will need no recommendation of the quality of his work.This 2 cd set claims to present an overview of his 'glory years' between 1963 and 1970.It delivers this promise in spades. It draws on such albums as 'The Guitar Player' 'Folk Blues And Beyond ' Folk Roots New Routes'
Midnight Man, 'Large As Life And Twice As Natural' 'Hat', and 'Holly Kaleidoscope'If you are familiar with these already and your original vinyls are worn thin then this is an excellent replacement.If you are not familiar with Grahams' work , this is an excellent introduction to his work.Then buy the originals or at least as many as have been re-released. If you have never heard of him try him out. He was a real guitar hero who influenced far more than folk music.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous! 1 Jun 2010
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Davy Graham had everything a good musician needs: Creativity, Intelligence, Emotion, The Zeal to work hard and practice - if only he could have overcome his terrible addiction...
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4.0 out of 5 stars a history of guitar music 20 Dec 2009
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A must for all guitar fans, this anthology shows how sixties Brits took ideas from all over the world and created rock. The collection shows much of the inspiration for Jimmy Page , and contains an early version of Nobody's Fault But Mine, later credited to messrs P & P. If it's good enough for my hero to nick, it's good enough for me.
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