This CD constitutes the welcome re-issue of one of the more obscure of Gary Davis' 1960s studio recordings. This 1964 instrumental album features not only guitar and banjo, but also gives Davis' harmonica playing an outing, and features a range of secular material which Davis had earlier been reluctant to play.
On guitar he is in typically magnificent form, if not quite as phenomenal as in the 1957 "Pure Religion and Bad Company" CD. Many of the themes will be familiar to Davis fans (for example, "Can't Be Satisfied" is the characteristic Piedmont theme he recorded in 1935 as "I'm Throwin' Up My Hands" and in 1957 as "Mountain Jack", and "United States March" was recorded a number of times from 1945 onwards), but all are given assured treatments. Davis' finger-picking is typically impressive, and on "Maple Leaf Rag" his influence on Steffan Grossman is strongly evident. "Candy Man", shorn of its vocal, sounds rather like the work of Elizabeth Cotten.
The banjo playing is effective but less appealing than the guitar, whilst the harmonica track is good but no threat to Sonny Terry.
Sound quality is excellent.
Self recommending to all fans of Davis' guitar playing.