This represents a really great collection of Davy Graham's highly innovative work in this value for money double CD package.The List of names influenced by Davy Graham's guitar playing reads like a roll call of the best players that have graced the instrument, Bert Jansch, John Renbourn, John Martyn, Nick Drake and so many others that have namechecked Davy when citing the reasons why they started to play the instrument.It's easy to see why when giving this collection a hearing. It starts with the Jazz-Folk staple "Angi" that launched so many guitar playing careers in the early '60s and almost single handedly, alongside the music of Martin Carthy, gave acoustic folk it's following from that period and echoed around UK folk clubs for many years to come.It still sounds as fresh and accomplished today as it did nearly 50 years ago.
There is a tremendous cross section of Graham's ability to play and give fusion to many styles here,"She Moved Through The Fair", "Nottamun Town" and "Bruton Town","Reynardine" showcasing the almost unique folk sound he created on guitar but the Jazz tones of Mingus's "Better Git It in Your Soul" , "Blue Monk" demonstrate not only his virtuosity for Jazz guitar but how he was able to straddle this genre with what sounds like consummate ease.
"Majaan" and "She Moved Through the Bizarre/Blue Raga" also embody the Morrocan/Blues fusion that he made his own distinctive, iconic style many years before the term World Music had even been coined. He absorbed the music of many different cultures from the extensive travels he made, venturing into North Africa, Eastern Europe and elsewhere and these experiences surface in the fine works collected in this set.Davy Graham may have had his flaws and human frailties, the well published hard drugs addiction being a central part of his life but the character he gave to his guitar style and his own sonorous quality of playing are inseperable from this unique personality.
If you wish to re-kindle your love for Davy Graham's playing or replace worn out vinyl(?)then this is the one to go for as so much of his music is well represented here or alternatively, if the aim is to acquire his music for first listening then equally, to start here and move on to "Folk Roots, New Routes" and "Folk, Blues and Beyond" will grace your collection with some of the finest and most inspiring and influential music produced.Highly Recommended.