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38 people found this helpful
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!