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Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010 (Disc 1)

Trainsong : Guitar Compositions 1967-2010 (Disc 1)

4 Oct 2011

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  • Original Release Date: 4 Oct 2011
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • Copyright: 2011 Tompkins Square
  • Total Length: 59:04
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  • ASIN: B00A90I0E4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,232 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nick ( Larry )Lamb on 14 April 2011
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As the previous reviewer says, this is a wonderfully recorded set utilising a number of acoustic, steel and electric guitars - but mainly acoustic. The set is almost 2 hours long ( a triple LP in old money ) but never flags or drags. Fahey is an obvious comparison, but in many ways these are perhaps more varied than some Fahey releases, and I heard a few echoes of Richard Thompson as well. If you are not a fan of solo guitar this probably won't convert you, but it is a beautiful record and good value too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. A. Jones on 16 May 2011
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Firstly I have to admit my bias. Michael Chapman's acoustic guitar playing has been, for forty years, the standard by which I judge everybody else's. It's rich, full, deep and full of emotion, while being technically brilliant; as his producer Gus Dudgeon said on his very first (and I stll think best) album "Rainmaker" he tends to "sound like two exceptionally good guitarists playing together".

In the late sixties my serious guitar-playing friends enthused about Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Fahey and Davey Graham. I've explored the music of all of these people, and other guitarists such as Jack Rose, Martin Simpson and James Blackshaw, but none of them can achieve the combination of musicality and emotion thst just flows out of Michael Chapman. On this 2-CD album he ranges from Fahey pastiche (or "pisstake" as he translates it on one of his live albums) through dense and resonant (but not imepnetrable) acoustic guitar raga-flamenco work-outs to straight down the line simple but elegant electric playing on "Hi heel Sneakers".

One word of warning to potental UK purchasers or other already converted Chapman enthusiasts - this is virtually the same album as "Words Fail Me Vols 1 and 2" available from Marc Higgins via the Michael Chapman/Plaindealer website. The main differences are an additional track "Slowcoach" (and very good it is too)and some minimal explanations of each track by Michael himself. But for anyone who doesn't own "Words Fail Me", with any interest at all in great guitar playing, buy this - as I say, it's probably the best 2-CD set of guitar instrumentals you'll ever hear in your life!

Alan Jones
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By q_fdb on 4 April 2011
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I was new to Michael Chapman when I was introduced to this album/compilation, so I can't tell how it relates to the rest of his oeuvre. This 2cd set features newly recorded re-interpretations of previously issued compositions. After a first listening session I wasn't blown away by these recordings, and after a handful of listens I guess I still ain't. Michael Chapman doesn't strike me as a brilliant composer. He's not too shabby either, but in general obvious reference points like John Fahey, Robbie Basho or more recently Jack Rose took their tunes into a bit more unexpected territory than Chapman does. In stead, my five stars are awarded for his compellingly beautiful guitar sound. His lean, relaxed, occasionaly mesmerizing way of playing the guitar sets an extremely warm and glowing atmosphere that'll keep you warm during the coldest of winter evenings.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By P. M. G. on 1 May 2011
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First bought Milesone Grit and Deal Gone Down Lps back in the early 70s, still have them! Finally about 32 years later unexpectebly saw him live at a small folk festival in the Brecon Beacons(lousy weather greatly reduced the audience, luckily had an alcohol overcoat!). Even got the chance to chat with him for a while as he waited about to go on, nobody else there seem to know who he was, very nice fellow too !! What a pleasure it was to hear and see him live, and as he said himself at the time ; he's quite a good guitarist; as this Cd demonstrates, well worth buying; and well worth going to see live if you get the chance!
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