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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars atmospheric, 7 Feb 2002
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This review is from: His Folkways Years - 1963-1968 (Audio CD)
if you like your music basic no jiggey pokery
just a guy or gal with their guitar banjo or whatever. you'll like this. This'll make the hair on the back of your neck stand up just listen to wise county jail, or cuba, you get 50 tracks for your money thats 2 hours and 20 minutes, a cracking booklet all at the price, what can I say but go get it floyd.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie masterpiece, 17 Jan 2003
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This review is from: His Folkways Years - 1963-1968 (Audio CD)
WONDERFUL
Dock lived through some hard times as a miner and the life is all here in his songs, which jut out above his droning modal banjo playing.
I'm a sucker for this codger soul music. This is art born of the artist's life and not some marketing plan. To the modern ear this paired down stuff can sound quite shocking, but take a while and your ears will adjust.
This music is alien to the modern western world. The shifting odd tunings can at times sound more middle eastern or asian than american.
What really shocked me about this white banjo-playing miner was how much black blues I could detect in his music. When you get right down to it, the music of the south is the music of the south - regardless of race.
These recordings were made late in Dock's life and benefit from modern equipment. The older stuff has its own charm but as it is also mired in crackle and hiss, I would recommend this as the first purchase for anyone interested in Dock Boggs.
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