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David Blue And Singer Songwriter Project

David Blue Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (15 Oct 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B00005OMB6
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 265,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Gasman Won't Buy Your Love
2. About My Love
3. So Easy She Goes By
4. If Your Monkey Can't Get It
5. Midnight Through Morning
6. It Ain't The Rain That Sweeps The Highway Clean
7. Arcade Love Machine
8. Grand Hotel
9. Justine
10. I'd Like to Know
11. The Street
12. It Tastes Like Candy
13. House Un-American Blues Activity Dream - Richard Farina
14. Birmingham Sunday - Richard Farina
15. Bold Marauder - Richard Farina
16. Talking Socialized Anti-Undertaker Blues - Patrick Sky
17. Many a Mile - Patrick Sky
18. Rompin' Rovin' Days - Bruce Murdoch
19. Down in Mississippi - Bruce Murdoch
20. Farewell My Friend - Bruce Murdoch
See all 24 tracks on this disc

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WEA 812273568; WEA ITALIANA - Italia;

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5.0 out of 5 stars Two long-overdue gems from Elektra 28 Oct 2001
Format:Audio CD
Should we be angry at Elektra for making us wait this long? Or should we thank them for making it so sweet when it finally showed up?
This double package is made up of David Blue (released 1966) and Singer Songwriter Project (released 1965.
David Blue was one of the many "folksingers" hanging out in the Village in the early Sixties. Originally David Cohen (not a very authentic blues name), Blue was one of the first electric blues singers on the NY scene. You can hear the influence of Dave Van Ronk being combined with the Chicago scene (Blue was one of instigators of the Butterfield Blues Band perfromance at Newport 1965). Listen to the inflections, his wordplay, the great studio work (incl. Harvey Brooks, Herb Lovelle - another by-product of Newport 65 via Al Kooper). There is a lot of Blonde-on-Blonde-type music here, and it works well.
Singer Songwriter Project is a different animal indeed. Obviously trying to show off some of their performers using the Broadside vein, Elektra gathered four semi-knowns (except for 17 year-old Murdoch who was totally unknown) to give acoustic readings. The project was SO "authentic", that David Blue even reverted back to his original name for the occasion - presented as David Cohen. I'll try to point out the highlights - there are really too many.
Richard (sans Mimi) Farina's moving Birmingham Sunday is only to be found here, and is essential to complete the Farina collections.
Pat Sky's mellow Many a Mile is much more convincing than Buffy St. Marie's version.
Bruce Murdoch's entries are quite dated, but those who know Murdoch as an electric performer will be pleasantly surprised.
David Cohen's entries are pretty straightforward, but Like to Sleep Late in the Morning is a definite gem (compare it to David Bromberg's big band version).
All in all, Elektra has done a wonderful job, right down to the original liner notes + updating.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Thank You Elektra! 31 Jan 2002
By K. H. Orton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Elektra records has been very kind to some great, highly influential songwriter's from the 60's. David Blue was one of those talents that never got the attention he deserved. Along with the likes of Fred Neil, Tim Rose and David Ackles he wrote some great songs but others seemed to reap the benefits. "Outlaw Man" was hit for the Eagles, but David Blue remains at best, virtually unknown. To quote his chapter in the book, AMERICAN TROUBADORS, "No luminary of modern song---A Nick Cave or an Elvis Costello has come forward to champion his cause".
Unfortunately, this reissue only hints at a talent that later reached it's peak. The truth be told, Blue disowned this record as a chaotic mess. Yet so far, this is the only record in his back catalogue to be made available. Basically it sounds like a cross between Dylan's "Highway 61" and the garage rock anthology, "Nuggets". Stand out tracks are "Grand Hotel" and "Tastes Like Candy". "Grand Hotel" was later redone on the far more superior, 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER.
The main problem with this record is a general lack of focus and the fact that Blue's warbly, Johnny Cash baritone is strained into a flat, off key tenor. The wailing, out of tune guitars and swirling Vox organ don't help either. They serve only to obscure melodies that otherwise would be quite memorable.
Another drawback is the inclusion of the SINGER/SONGWRITERS PROJECT album. It only features Blue on a few cuts while the listener has to wade through a number of selections by other artists who are dated or cheesy at best. All it does is further disrupt any attempt to showcase this guy. I mean why not just feature his tracks and leave it at that?
All I can say is, it's a crying shame Blue's finer albums are still out of print. Unfortunately, those were recorded for different labels. Otherwise, I'm sure Elektra would have reissued them by now. For the record, those albums are 23 DAYS IN SEPTEMBER, ME,S.DAVID COHEN (for Reprise) and the brilliant STORIES & NICE BABY & THE ANGEL (for Asylum).
So the late, David Blue has yet to recieve his due. Check out Mark Bend's book, AMERICAN TROUBADORS for the whole story.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Different Albums here: Historical clone project that slipped through the cracks/Nifty Collection of Folk tunes 10 Oct 2009
By Green Manalishi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The first album isn't bad though it's largely a ripoff on Dylans Hwy 61 Revisited which came out a year before "DAVID BLUE" (1966). The second part of the cd, "THE SINGER SONGWRITER PROJECT", done in 1965, which only features David Blue on the last 3 songs, is more of a folk project; some of the songs sound like Dylan though I still prefered this album to the first one.

The SINGER SONGWRITER PROJECT seems to have more 'individuality', plus I like acoustic folk more than 'electric Dylan' as a general rule. There are 11 tracks, only 3 of which are by David Blue (Dave Cohen). The first 3 songs are by Richard Farina (pick up Richard and Mimi Farina's SONGS FOR A GREY DAY for the definition of 5-star work and true artistry). Farina writes liner notes as well. The second two by Patrick Sky are ok - I like his "Many a Mile" better than the Gutherie vamp before it. Bruce Murdoch after that is also not bad (Farewell My Friend is Dylanish - but the others hold their own). All these numbers are growing on me with a 2nd listen. Dave Cohen's numbers (the last 3 songs) are actually some of the better songs on here. They're funky and cool and he doesn't sound like Dylan (except on the last one "Don't Get Caught In A Storm").

You just never can shake the feeling that you're listening to an imitator with "David Blue" (3 stars) while "Singer Songwriter Project" (4 stars) retains enough individuality to give it integrity, although it's got its Dylanisms as well. Those were the times I guess. And for anyone interested in them, you could do worse that with this collection. The kind of stuff you might hear if you stumbled into a random cafe in Greenwich village 45 years ago.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 3 Aug 2014
By Marc S - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Exactly as advertised. Thanks.
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