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  • Audio CD (9 Oct. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Topic Records
  • ASIN: B000HEWFW0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Although Nic Jones has not performed in public nor recorded for almost 25 years, his standing and influence in the folk music world have never been higher. Nic first ventured as a solo performer in the early 1970s, building a reputation as a demon guitar player as well as highly individual singer. A tragic car accident in 1982 abruptly ended his playing career. Nic's injuries were so serious, he spent seven months in hospital and has not performed since. His 1980 album for Topic, 'Penguin Eggs' (TSCD411), which won awards for Folk Album Of The Year in both Melody Maker and Folk Roots, has since been named as one of the 100 Greatest British Albums. GAME SET MATCH is a brand new collection of live recordings from the late 1970s. Put together as a labour of love, these 15 tracks represent Nic at the height of his powers and have been selected for the vivacity and vitality of the performances. His reputation as an unparalleled guitarist is fully served here, yet the true revelation is what a great singer he is. The album is not programmed as a live concert recording - having had the audience noises edited out - it has the passion and intimacy that can only come with an artist such as Nic performing in front of an audience, yet without the distractions that a "live in concert" recording normally brings. The re-mastering has been painstakingly and sensitively carried out on these recordings which come from a variety of sources, and the artistic success of the resulting album surpasses more "studio bound" creations. The whole project had considerable input from, and the blessing of, Nic and his wife Julia.

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Im a new convert to Nics music after being told by a musician friend that I should check this fella out. The Album is Mastered down from live perfomances from end of Nics playing career & The more you play this album the more you get drawn in. Im not a die hard folkie but there is something beautifully understated about the guitar playing & vocals on this album.

A close listen confirms that this guy was at the top of his game and breaking new ground in the folk music field. While contempory, his sound is quite unique and the ambiance of the live shows captured here shine through.

The songs gathered on the album are quite eclectic ranging from quite traditional finger in the ear stuff to Nics own brilliant arrangements and exceptional guitar playing. For a new listener It is an album that is a very good introduction to Nic Jones. This album is a grower! and they are always the best.

In Short Quality from a master Craftsman.
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Unlike most of the other reviewers, I first saw Nic about 40 years ago, and managed to catch him live quite a few times in the following 12 years, getting all his recorded output along the way. So why would I want to buy this when I have most tracks already? Simple - every time you saw Nic, he would have changed his accompaniment to some songs, or sung them differently, as well as a few new ones he was testing out, and each performance was full of freshness - a kind of "one man folk process" in his own right. This recording captures that freshness - the only thing that's missing is Nic's humorous introductions and anecdotes, and his grin when he realised that he'd caught out some of the audience with a slight change in a song's chorus.
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Game Set Match is the third, and perhaps strongest, set of songs to be released since Nic's last studio album Penguin Eggs. For those unfamiliar with Nic's style the cd starts strongly with `Bonny Light Horseman' serving as an ample introduction to his melodic guitar and singing style. Next up is a version of `Seven Yellow Gypsies' which is similar to the one featured on the In Search of...release, minus the applause. At this point anyone familiar with Penguin Eggs will notice the similarity between the propulsive opening guitar passage and the one featured on the aforementioned albums opening song `Canadee I-O'.
In fact it is two songs from Penguin Eggs that prove to be early highlights of Game Set Match. While the lament of the `Flander's Shore' protagonist who will never see England no more is broadly similar to Penguin Eggs `The Flandyke Shore' the same cannot be said of the reinterpretation of `The Drowned Lovers' as `Clyde Water'. On Game Set Match Nic strips the tune of all the jauntiness of the Penguin Eggs version and, while the melodeon playing of Tony Hall is missed, this guitar and vocal version of `Clyde Water' has an urgency that really brings the tune into its own.
Other highlights for me include `Ploughman Lads', `Billy Don't You Weep For Me' and the other tune about drowned lovers the `Lakes of Shillin' both versions of songs that can be found on Nics, sadly unavailable, 1978 album From the Devil To A Stranger album. However the albums absolute highlight, and if you still need a reason to purchase the album this is it, is the rendition of `Master Kilby'.
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A highly original interpreter of folk songs, both in his fine singing and skilled guitar. I could never quite work out what he was playing by watching him, even in the close proximity of a folk club. Wonderful reminder!
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It has been amazing to revisit Nick Jones' artistry, fantastic open tunings, voice and arrangements of traditional songs and tunes. The big tracks of Canadeeio and Little Pot stove are still sensational after all these years.It's wonderful that Nick and his son are able to conjure the same magic as of of old when Nick was able to accompany himself on guitar.
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This cd was bought along with Ballads and Songs to provide me with a wide choice of Nic's recordings of favourites I remember listening to, live, in folk clubs. It doesn't have the same impact as the jaw dropping first album - because the brain has settled in to receiving the Nic Jones imitable style of singing and guitar work. It's still a quality set of recordings important to have.
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Nic Jones accident and subsequent loss of playing ability is one of musics greatest losses. Fortunately his back catologue is still alive and well allowing us to continue to enjoy his incredible talent. A must have to any music collection!
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As a late newcomer to the work of Nic Jones, I am heartily impressed by him. Tracks such as Clyde Water and Isle Of France are for me, what folk music is all about. My admiration for him is tempered by the tragedy of his car crash and the fact that this brilliant musician and singer may never perform again. Still at least we have the music - and what a feast that is
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