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on 22 July 2002
This CD needs a review! For a start, the amazon track listing is wrong.
Recorded in 1967 by skifflemeister (!) John Pilgrim, with a hand-held mic, in a student bedroom, at 1am, with a bunch of drunk students in the background! (Davy had just played at the University). Despite this the sound quality is good!
So yes there are background noises - this adds so much to the atmosphere of the recording. The Austin Powers-style comments crack me up! I wish they had put more of the conversations on, as stated in the excellent notes the master tape is longer. But what really matters is the playing, which of course is awesome. I find this cd so much more listenable than 'Folk, Blues & Beyond', 'Fire in the Soul' or 'Folk Routes...', it is just Davey and his guitar. He only sings on 3 tracks. It ranges from folk, blues, ragtime, hindustani raga, Bach, jazz, hard trance (just kidding), from 'Cocaine Blues' through the amazing 'She Moved Through The Fair' to 'Misirlou' (recognise it?). Every track is quality. It is remarkable how he can launch into an improvised jazz/blues solo while hanging onto the bassline ('Grooveyard'), come out on the right chord and seemingly not play a wrong note!
Davey is second only to Hendrix as a guitarist and innovator, heavily influencing Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, John Martyn, poor old Nick, and just about everyone else.
If it is still unavailable, buy it from somewhere else!
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on 13 February 2009
the best album of his I've heard-not perfect in many ways(singing for ex.) but when he gets going it takes you somewhere else(straight into Jimmy Page's bank balance if you listen to "she moves thru the bizarre/blue raga"-but Davey was so far out there(musically) I don't think that that particularly registered). The album, particularly if you listen through headphones just goes somewhere else, you hear someone at one with his guitar. This dosen't mean it's always easy listening, it isn't, you get some of the demons here too-his playing was more than technical you get the sort of unease that comes with people like Coltrane and Miles Davies. The range is amazing too covering all sorts of styles.
In honesty it's best just to buy it, if only for the Zeppelin element, but just to listen to something magical in progress-all the better for being in someone's bedroom after a gig.
RIP Davey: you've got some of the answers now!
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on 12 October 2006
A brilliant capturing of DG playing in an informal setting. Other reviewers give all the details so I'll simply endorse their comments and say that this is a totally unique recording. The first minute or so is poor in terms of sound quality. I assume that's when they were all messing about and deciding whether to record anything and where to put the microphone. After that, it's superb and is a genuinely 'Live' recording, so don't expect pristine studio silence.

One tip - cut back on the bass on your player and the overall effect is much better.

For anyone who likes Davy Graham, there can be no excuse for not having this recording. Congratulations to all concerned who made sure it has been re-released.
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on 9 September 2007
In 1967 anyway, Davey Graham was a superb guitarist. Not only that, he could play a mixture of blues, jazz, folk and world music, often in the same song. The highlight here is "She moved through the fair" moving into "Blue Raga". Believe it or not, this is one guitar playing. It is simply an incredible piece of music and Davy Graham was an incredible musician. (He is still alive and touring it is fair to say, with mixed reviews)
This stuff was recorded in some students bedroom on an analogue tape deck and the quality shows, but that doesnt diminish the quality of the music being played. My enjoyment of the music is sometimes interrupted by the annoying sounds of drunken/stoned sixties students e.g "Oh Lovely!", "Grreeeat" etc etc, so I forced myself to knock off a star in the interests of objectivity.
If you believe "Guitar Man" by Will Hodgkinson(and why wouldnt you) Mr Graham currently resides in a one bedroom flat living a rather spartan, if occasionally colourful existence. Far lesser guitarists have a large house, flashy cars and a lot of undeserved credit. This kind of thing is the reason I am an atheist.
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on 27 September 2005
This is a wonderful time capsule of an album - raw, intimate and organic; it spans the musical spectrum like nothing else. He glides between folk, blues, indian ragas, classical and jazz with an ease that is frankly quite stunning.
Recorded on a tape recorder in a student's room after a gig at Hull Uni, this captures the essence of Graham's live playing. The quality of the recording is suprisingly good and the sounds of groovy hep cat students urging him on really adds to the piece although as another reviewer put it, there are some Austin Powers moments.
You can't really class this as folk because he just puts on another style like he's changing his socks. I would recommend this album to anyone who enjoys guitar music. It is great to listen to attentively on your own or as background music for a gathering at home. It's warm and comfortable and as close to real music as it gets. It completely lacks any production without sounding thin. I cannot recommend this enough, it's great!
Play on Davey baby!
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on 16 September 2009
"She moved through thru' the bizarre blue raga" which is an improvisation overlaid on his famous interpretation of the great Irish Tune, "She Moved through the Fair" is worth double the price of this marvellous CD alone. This man was better than the Jimi Hendrix of folk guitar. He invented much of it.
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on 25 March 2013
I really love this - it feels like you are there in the room with them all, full of atmosphere and some brilliant bits of music.
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on 29 December 2012
Very well produces giving a flawlessly clear sound value. A unique recording of an extemely talented musician. All the tracks are equally interesting in quality and appeal. Highly recommended.
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on 18 July 2015
This is a mind blower. No one gets near.
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on 2 May 2007
This CD is highly atmospheric and very interesting, but by this superb musician's own standards it is not a 5-star. DG is relaxing and trying things out. Sometimes the playing is a bit rough (missed notes) and on some tracks there is a sense of strain, as if his astonishing musical inventiveness has actually outstripped his fingers. This CD seems to me a lovely period piece, a collector's item, and all thanks to the people who put it together, but don't buy it as your first DG album. His playing on "The Complete Guitarist" is the kind of achievement that has made him a true legend- that's the place to start, or "Folk Blues and Beyond" as the one that knocked people out of their socks at the time! But let's put this into context - the only thing to say to DG is - thanks, thanks for any and all your tracks!
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