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The Words In Between [CD]

Dave Evans Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (29 Mar 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Weekend Beatnik
  • ASIN: B00005K9NO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 261,279 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Rosie 3:160.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Words In Between 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Grey Lady Morning 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Insanity Rag 1:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Magic Man 4:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Now Is the Time 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Doorway 2:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. City Road 3:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Circular Line 3:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sailor 4:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Beauty Queen 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. St Agnes Park 3:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lady Portia 3:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Only Blue 4:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Elephantasia 2:350.99  Buy MP3 

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The late '60's and early '70's were a golden age for British folk guitar. In those days it wasn't enough to be just a singer/songwriter; you were expected to be a really good guitar picker too. Dave Evans was not simply good , he was that rarer thing, a real original. With tunings and chord sounds that nobody had produced before, an agile and bouncy picking style, a self-made guitar that rang like a bell, a nicely creaky and lived-in vocal style, and songs that told down-to-earth stories-well-observed little vignettes about real people-his 1971 debut "The Worlds In Between" was hailed as a classic. Head and shoulders above many other now-cult artifacts from that era, this long overdue re-release on it's 30th. Anniversary adds 5 tracks from his 1972 album "Elephantasia"


Musical fame and reputations are built on many things: being good at what you do can help, but even better is to have released albums on small indie labels that fetch a king's ransom today, to be well away from the performing circuit, and, if possible, to die young and have a good-looking corpse (vide Buckley, T., Drake, N., Buckley, J., etc.). Dave Evans fits the bill on all but the last of these requirements, and is happily making and repairing guitars in Brussels instead (not so glamorous, maybe, but much, much healthier). His first album is now re-released after 30 years, and is a "lost classic" that really lives up to its name. Recorded on a two-track in a Bristol basement, Evans's self-made guitar rings and growls away, perfectly in sympathy with some bizarre tunings (the instrumental "Insanity Rag" is a good example), and shows its maker to be up there with the Guitar Greats, British Division One (vide Jansch, Carthy, Graham, Renbourn, etc.). In addition, Evans's songs are written to exploit both his left-field compositional sense and his matter-of-fact voice; and they are an appealing mix of slices of everyday life ("Rosie", "Doorway", "City Road" and the autobiographical "Sailor") and more abstract themes (the title track, "Magic Man", and "Now Is The Time"). The mood is relaxed and conversational, with on some tracks additional guitar, female backing vocals and harmonica, but there is an intensity in the guitar playing and an immediacy in the tales being told that catches the listener and demands further playing. Five tracks from the follow-up Bristol album, Elephantasia, are included, with "Beauty Queen" and "St Agnes Park" the standouts, plus the loony-toon title track. All in all, this should not only allow oldies to replace their vinyl or even find a copy, but hopefully be the inspiration for current aspiring guitarists and songwriters, as an example that intricacy and virtuosity need not mean musical over-complexity or lyrical obscurity. Fab and groovy, indeed.

© fRoots Magazine all rights reserved -- fRoots, July 2001

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An album for folkies old and new 20 Jun 2007
By Cris
Format:Audio CD
Dave Evans is a brilliant contemporary finger-picker. This was his first album released on vinyl on 'Village Thing' label in the 1970s. It is a classic. Deservedly it's been re-issued, plus it has an extra song or two from his follow-up album.

I found it on Amazon whilst attempting to replace all the old LPs that I had worn out long ago. It's as fresh today as it was then and should be in every 'folk' guitarists collection. I just love his CGDGAD tuning.

Dave Evans has lived in Belgium for many years, but is due (2007) to do a few gigs in Wales.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Album 23 Jun 2007
Format:Audio CD
I've only had a chance to listen to this album a couple of times but it is absolutely stunning, im in awe of this man's guitar and compositional skills and sadened that he didn't make it big. if you are a fan of Nick Drake, Bert Jansch, Davey Graham, Donovan, Bill Fay, John Martyn or any of the other great guitarists and artists from the 60's and 70's then this is for you. I would go so far as to argue that on initial listenings his playing is even more impressive than the illustrious aformentioned and certainly every bit as unique. Standouts are numerous but so far Rosie, The title track, grey lady.. magic man, now is the time and the wonderful st agnes park (from his second album Elephantasia, 1972 shame it wasn't added in full) all make this disc an essential purchase. His songs are sweet and breezy and his tunings and playing incredibly inventive. I'll write a more comprehensive review when i get a chance but i would purchase this without hesitation.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Folk in a nutshell 4 Jan 2002
Format:Audio CD
This 1971 classic still holds all the magic it had 30 years ago.The simple lyrics hide many stories bringing characters to life as in"Beauty Queen" and "Rosie"
Daves wonderful maudlin vocal style gives added depth to tracks such as "Grey Lady Morning" and "St Agnes Park"
Not only do you get all the true Dave Evans style on The Words In Between but a bonus of 5 tracks taken from Daves second album, Elephantasia. The title track undeniably shows Daves intriguing guitar style with bouncy tinkling chords he makes the guitar sing.
A true Folk album which still sounds as good today in my forties as it did in my teens.
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