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The Complete Guitarist

Davy Graham Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (26 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ace
  • ASIN: B0000258QN
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 342,297 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful variety of guitar instrumentals 17 Aug 2003
By Zordano
Format:Audio CD
‘The Complete Guitarist’ was always a very strong set from Graham - here it is re-mastered and brilliantly boosted by the addition of 8 bonus tracks.
Davey Graham’s joyful, earnest, eclectic guitar playing encompasses countless influences: blues, jazz, English, Scottish and Irish folk, classical and world music. It may sound unlikely that he brings these together – but he does, and with deep affection and care.
His own compositions here are superb – the jazzy, punchy, totally addictive, ‘Lashtal’s Room’ and ‘Blues for Gino’ where he really gets under the skin of the blues – leaning into the bluesy chords with perfect judgement. No British player reaches into the heart of the blues with a feel quite like Graham’s. In his blues-folk composition ‘Forty-Ton Parachute’, he jumps athletically all over the fret board.
Other pieces are sourced widely from: traditional sources, works for lute, classical, British and Irish folk, hymns, and the American blues.
Some other stand-out tracks are a tremendous self-accompanied blues vocal (one of only two on this otherwise solo instrumental CD) – ‘When I Been Drinking’, and ‘Renaissance Piece’, ‘Sarah’, ‘Prelude From The Suite in D Minor’, ‘The Gold Ring’ and ‘Panic Room Blues’.
Graham utilises a variety of steel strung acoustic guitars, nylon strung guitars and employs standard and non-standard tunings all to great effect.
If you want a superb collection of eclectic guitar music and to start, or improve, your Davey Graham collection - you can’t go much wrong here.
[Note: the original album (1977) of 16 pieces is supplemented here with 5 tracks from its follow up ‘Dance for Two People’ (1979) plus 3 contributions taken from the ‘Blues Guitar Workshop’ album (1980)].
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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Davey Graham is the founder of a style of acoustic guitar playing called Folk Baroque. The music of Bert Jansch and John Renbourne would have been unthinkable without him, and they both speak of him with the highest respect. What Davey did was to combine blues, folk and jazz and create something new. This eclecticism is on display on this 1979 album, 'The Complete Guitarists,' which also has tracks from 'Dance For Two People' and his three contributions to 'Blues Workshop.'
Davey plays without accompanyment throughout this album and he is all the better for it. A brilliant guitarist, he tackles the material with authority and aplomb. Traditional songs such as 'Hardiman the Fiddler' and 'The Road to Lisdoonvana' mingle with classical pieces by Robert De Visee and Vaughan Williams. Jazz mingles with Blues. This eclectic mix works maybe because Davey was born in England to a Scottish father and an African mother. This has given him an open mind and a broad perspective and he is an accomplished enough musician to carry this through into his music. Davey was into World Music (African, Moorish, Indian)long before the term was invented, and on some of his earlier albums recorded in the 60s (The 60s!)Davey even plays some African and Indian songs on their original instruments. However, this side of him is not represented here. What is here, is excellent. The guitar playing is a delight to listen to. He really is a master of the instrument: The best guitarist in the country - only John Renbourn can hold a candle to him. Most of his albums have been patchy, but this one is excellent throughout. There is not one bad track here. If you like accoustic guitar music, then I heartily recommend this album.
Davey was a freind of Alexis Korner.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - but a shame there's no TAB. 21 Mar 2006
Format:Audio CD
I can't really improve on the review by kevin-s. This is an album of very varied and beautiful guitar instrumentals that span the jazz/folk/blues spectrum, together with blends in the form of scales, modes, rhythms and musical forms from several other cultures. What IS a shame is that the intention of the original vinyl release is missing - a detailed TAB (tablature) booklet to allow guitarists to study and learn some of the music. As this is a Kicking Mule release (and because one of the main tenets of Grossman's group was to help guitarists by providing TAB inserts) there's a good chance that this can still be obtained.
Along with several other superb vinyls released on the Kicking Mule label (all with TAB booklets), I do have the insert for this album and if you're an aspiring folk/rock/blues/jazz guitarist I can assure you that it's worth tracking down.
But even if you're not a guitar player, this album is still a superb example of Davy's (or is it "Davey's") playing. And if, by chance, you've never heard his first release, 'The Guitar Player' - then give it a listen and find out how he almost singlehandedly changed the face and direction of acoustic folk/jazz guitar music in the country.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just one thing missing! 7 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a later effort by 60's legend Mr G. Most of it was recorded in 1977, plus some of the 8 bonus tracks are from 79 & 80 respectively.

Davey plays a very varied mix of guitar instrumentals-Bach & Vaughan Williams rub shoulders with Irish Jigs,his own compositions and a number of trad songs that were well-known when he started strumming in around 1959, let alone on his recording debut in 1962.

As usual with Davey, listening twice is a good idea. Try and find a false note the first time-you won't!! The second time, you'll realise the breadth of imagination in his playing, as you hear how the cliches have fallen off tunes that you may have heard so often before.

BUT, it isn't until track 23 of 24 that Davey sings! And that's what's lacking. There's just a slight gravel edge on a smoothish tenor in Davey's voice and when he sings, he also puts yet another edge onto those well-known songs.

There's not quite enough emotion without it here & that means you are in the position of viewing a completed masterpiece in a gallery. Put the voice in, as per 13 of the 16 tracks on Folk Blues & Beyond, and you are simultaneously in the artist's studio as he's creating that masterpiece before you.

Still an album worth having, quite definitely, but not in the same league as FBAB or Large as Life!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the finest musicians that Britain has ever produced 3 Feb 2002
By Penguin Egg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Davey Graham is a British guitarist from the early 60s who pioneered a style of acoustic guitar playing called Folk Baroque. What Davey did was to combine blues, folk and jazz and create something new. The music of Pentangle, Bert Jansch and John Renbourne would have been unthinkable without him. The eclecticism that informs his music is on display on this 1979 album, 'The Complete Guitarist,' which also has tracks from 'Dance For Two People' and his three contributions to 'Blues Workshop.'
Davey plays without accompaniment throughout this album and he is all the better for it. A brilliant guitarist, he tackles his material with authority and aplomb. Traditional songs such as 'Hardiman the Fiddler' and 'The Road to Lisdoonvana' mingle with classical pieces by Robert De Visee and Vaughan Williams. Jazz mingles with Blues. This eclectic mix works maybe because Davey was born in England to a Scottish father and an African mother. This has given him an open mind and a broad perspective and he is an accomplished enough musician to carry this through into his music. Davey was into World Music (African, Moorish, Indian) long before the term was invented, and on some of his earlier albums recorded in the 60s, (That's right! Right back in the 60s!) Davey even plays some African and Indian songs on their original instruments. However, this side of him is not represented here. What is here: Blues, folk, jazz, classical, - is excellent. He is a master of the instrument: The best guitarist that Britain has produced - only John Renbourn can match him. Most of his albums have been patchy, but this one is a delight throughout. There is not one duff track here. If you like acoustic guitar music, then I heartily recommend this album.
Davey was a friend of Alexis Korner, the founding father of British rock. He said of Davey that he is "a genuinely gifted guitarist who rightly, refuses to let himself be fenced into one field of music. The great traditional folk banjo and guitar pickers have influenced his playing. Josh White...has also exerted considerable influence. But then, so have the great modern jazz players. The fierce belief of good Gospel groups, the great blues singers, all have influenced him as have the Baroque composers."
Davey Graham is an inspiration and a joy to listen to, and this is his very best album. There are informative sleeve notes by Duck Baker. I even like the leather jacket Davey wears on the cover.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful variety of guitar instrumentals 5 Oct 2004
By Zordano - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
`The Complete Guitarist' was always a very strong set from Graham - here it is re-mastered and brilliantly boosted by the addition of 8 bonus tracks.

Davey Graham's joyful, earnest, eclectic guitar playing encompasses countless influences: blues, jazz, English, Scottish and Irish folk, classical and world music. It may sound unlikely that he brings these together - but he does, and with deep affection and care.

His own compositions here are superb - the jazzy, punchy, totally addictive, `Lashtal's Room' and `Blues for Gino' where he really gets under the skin of the blues - leaning into the bluesy chords with perfect judgement. No British player reaches into the heart of the blues with a feel quite like Graham's. In his blues-folk composition `Forty-Ton Parachute', he moves nimbly over the fret board.

Other pieces are sourced widely from: traditional sources, works for lute, classical, British and Irish folk, hymns, and the American blues.

Some other stand-out tracks are a tremendous self-accompanied blues vocal (one of only two on this otherwise solo instrumental CD) - `When I Been Drinking', and `Renaissance Piece', `Sarah', `Prelude From The Suite in D Minor', `The Gold Ring' and `Panic Room Blues'.

Graham utilises a variety of steel strung acoustic guitars, nylon strung guitars and employs standard and non-standard tunings all to great effect.

If you want a superb collection of eclectic guitar music and to start, or improve, your Davey Graham collection - you can't go much wrong here.

[Note: the original album (1977) of 16 pieces is supplemented here with 5 tracks from its follow up `Dance for Two People' (1979) plus 3 contributions taken from the `Blues Guitar Workshop' album (1980)].
2 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars complete guitarist 15 Mar 2006
By B. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
only for die hard guitar freeks,or the love for a new form blossoming

jansh+renbourn[who i adore]would not be with us without this man,

man!!!!!!
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