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The Best Folk Album In The World... Ever!

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  • Audio CD (19 April 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B0001LGF4S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 139,081 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Where Have All The Flowers Gone - The Kingston Trio
  2. Catch The Wind - Donovan
  3. Early Mornin' Rain - Gordon Lightfoot
  4. Blowin' In The Wind - The Seekers
  5. Homeward Bound - Peter & Gordon
  6. December Dream - The Stone Poneys
  7. Everybody's Talkin' - Fred Neil
  8. Seven Drunken Nights - The Dubliners
  9. I Shall Be Released - The Band
  10. Greensleeves - Jeff Beck
  11. Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) - Peter Sarstedt
  12. A Foresaking - Our Captain Cried - Shirley & Dolly Collins
  13. Willard - John Stewart
  14. The Iron Maiden - Barclay James Harvest
  15. Lady Eleanor - Lindisfarne
  16. Mythical Kings And Iguanas - Dory Previn
  17. Poor Boy - Leo Kottke
  18. Love Song To A Girl In An Old Photo - Artie Traum
  19. The Highway Kind/To Love Is To Fly - Townes Van Zandt
  20. Thick As A Brick (Edit No 1) - Jethro Tull

Disc: 2

  1. Folk Song - David Gray
  2. The Money Game - Alan Hull
  3. The Picture - Loudon Wainwright III
  4. The Stolen Child - The Waterboys
  5. She Moved Through The Fair - Feargal Sharkey
  6. Maybe It's Imaginary - Kirsty MacColl
  7. Year Of The Cat - Al Stewart
  8. Bye Bye Baby - Roger McGuinn/Gene Clark/Chris Hillman
  9. Nightingale - Clifford T Ward
  10. Guantanamera - The Spinners
  11. All Around My Hat - Steeleye Span
  12. The Isle Of Skye - The Corries
  13. Blues Run The Game - Bert Jansch
  14. Watercolour Morning - The Fivepenny Piece
  15. Poor Old Horse - The Albion Band
  16. Rose Of Tralee - The Houghton Weavers
  17. Scarborough Fair - Joaquim Sanchez & Pipes Of The Enamorates
  18. A Sailor's Life - Sheila Chandra
  19. Le Valse Des Belugas - La Bottine Souriante
  20. Jimmy Shands - Richard Thompson

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Folk music is, as they say, a very broad church. The one thing this collection does not do is to test the limits but, while fans of both traditional and contemporary folk may gasp in shock and horror at some of the tracks and artists listed, there is no denying that all of the songs are indeed folk.
Compiled in very rough chronological order, from the vast catalogue that EMI has in its vaults, it mainly acts as a history of popular or mainstream folk of the 1960s and 1970s, but with a few more up-to-date examples thrown in. From the fluffy 1960s TV-friendly Kingston Trio and Seekers, the 1970s electric folk/pop of Lindisfarne and Steeleye, the more earnest Bert Jansch and Clifford T Ward, and the more modern and eclectic Townes van Zandt and Sheila Chandra, there is plenty of variety here.
The compilers have been careful not to have too much contrast of style or mood from track to track, with the possible exception of the Albion Band's funereal "Poor Old Horse" being sandwiched between the fragrant "Watercolour Morning" and the "Rose of Tralee", so that it does make for easy listening. And it is good to have a glimpse of the lighter side of Richard Thompson to close things off - (Don't Sit On My) Jimmy Shands.
All the recordings are the originals - Donovan's "Catch The Wind" is exception, being his 1969 reworking of the song when he switched labels. At over two hours on a budget label this is both interesting history and a bargain.
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By A Customer on 5 May 2004
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The Best . . . . . , don't think so. It's a joke right? If not the compiler should get out more and actually see and listen to some Folk Music. Some gems but mostly tosh. Don't bother
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Let's see, no Guthrie, no Dylan, no Baez, no Seeger, no Ewan McColl, (still daughter Kirsty gets a track) no Mitchell, no Denny, no Young, nothing remotely traditional, need I go on? Still there's a bit of Jeff Beck and Fergal Sharkey for people who prefer other types of music, and there's some quite nice 'pop folk' here and there, but the best folk album in the world ever? I mean really.
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Being a fifty year old male, but not an out and out folk fan, I bought this album thinking there would be quite a few songs I might remember from my childhood. There was just 8. Rather disappointing out of 40 songs. Not my cup of tea.
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