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  • Audio CD (25 July 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fledg'ling
  • ASIN: B000A2M1O6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Nottamun Town
  2. Proud Maisrie
  3. The Cherry Tree Carol
  4. Blue Monk
  5. Hares On The Mountain
  6. Reynardine
  7. Pretty Sasro
  8. Rif Mountain
  9. Jane, Jane
  10. Love Is Pleasin'
  11. Holler Boll Weevil
  12. Hori Horo
  13. Bad Girl
  14. Lord Greggory
  15. Grooveyard
  16. Dearest Dear

Product Description

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First released in 1965, "Folk Roots, New Routes" is a remarkably experimental record, uniting Shirley Collins' beautiful singing with Davy Graham's jazz-inflected guitar work. Although the partnership only lasted for this recording and a handful of live shows, it left a powerful legacy in the English folk song revival. The album captures the first really great accompanied English folk song and was a template for Fairport Convention's seminal "Liege and Lief". For this carefully remastered edition Fledg'ling have restored all the elements of the original artwork and added several previously unpublished photographs. New sleeve-note essay by Ken Hunt; deluxe slip-cased packaging.

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Without this album folk rock would never have happened. We would still be stood round singing with one finger in or ear and a pint resting on our beer bellies. If you only ever buy one folk albuum, make it this one
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Having been into folk and traditional music for many years I had somehow avoided buying this 1964 album. Now it's out in 21st century sound quality - I've found out what I've been missing all these years. The songs are beautifully sung by Shirley Collins and Graham's guitar sounds as refreshing and as daring as it must have done at the time. English folk accompanied by jazzy sounds was unheard of then - it still works today.
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By A Customer on 17 Aug. 2003
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Not quite in the same league perhaps as some of her later work - particularly with her sister Dolly, but this is very fine disc all the same.
An unusual collaboration with blues guitarist Davy Graham - who also added a dash of 'The East'. Mainly traditional songs with Shirley singing and Davy on Guitar.
I particularly liked the versions of 'Nottamun Town' and 'Hares on the Mountain' - others will no doubt have other favourites.
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Another reviewer said "supposing you only ever buy one folk album in your life, make sure it's this one".... Well, I followed this advice due to my interest in Davy Graham and this album now sits rather uncomfortably amongst my CD collection. What doesn't help is that I have never really understood what the term "Folk" actually means. But this album is a good showcase for the work of Davy Graham, and has provoked a lot of discussion. It's certainly a good "conversation piece" for guitarists.

Davy Graham is a phenomenal player, highly influential in many genres. My own musical tastes lie in Rock and Blues, so you should bear this in mind when reading my review.

This is a perplexing album and even at the time, it must have been controversial. Graham's playing is inventive and highly distinctive. Well recorded, too.

I wasn't listening to Folk music in 1964 so I don't know what the general standard of ability in UK folk music was, at that time. But I'm aware that Shirley Collins is a darling luvvie of the "Folk Establishment", whereas I am not "steeped in the Tradition"; -therefore I feel unable to comment on Ms. Collins' sense of pitch, empathy or even basic understanding of the songs being performed on the album.

If your interest in this album is mainly with Davy Graham's playing, may I suggest you acquaint yourself with Shirley Collins' work first, before committing yourself. But be reassured. This album was recorded using the "stereo" techniques of 1964, which means the separation between the channels is 100%. This means you can use the balance control on your stereo to accentuate the work of either performer- a feature I have found to be extremely useful.
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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 July 2011
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Davy Graham 1940-2008, was a British Guitarist. He was an important figure in the British Folk Revival during the 1960s.
After a few recordings in the very early 1960s such as 3/4 AD (EP), From a London Hootenanny (EP), The Guitar Player (1963) and Folk blues and beyond, (1964) each displaying his distinctive style, he recorded this fantastic album Folk Roots, new routes from 1964.
This album is great because we have the unique guitar style of Davy Graham to compliment the vocal style of the wonderful Shirley Collins. Davy had pioneered the DADGAD (Open Dsus4) guitar tuning which he introduced to British guitarists in the early 1960s. Graham then went on to experiment playing traditional folk pieces in DADGAD tuning often-incorporating Middle Eastern scales and melodies. Open E and Open G tunings were in common use by blues players and Davy Graham developed a sort of Folk blues sound. Also the album is significantly original in its sound as a folk album. Thirteen of the sixteen tracks here are from traditional source. "Rif Mountain" is by Davy himself. "Blue Monk" is by Monk and "Grooveyard" is by Timmons. All pieces are arranged by Shirley Collins and Davy Graham.
"Lord Greggory" features just Shirley singing with no guitar from Davy.
Shirley was already a leading figure in folk music by the time of this album. She had been a folk song collector and performer since the 1950s. This album was a landmark album for her by fusing Traditional British Folk with a hint of Jazz/blues from the guitar work from Davy.
She continued to record British folk music both as a solo performer and with her sister Dolly.

This album is an interesting and now classic recording with a great selection of songs on the programme.
If you like traditional folk music and an acoustic sort of sound, then this album has something unique and different to offer. It is highly recommended.
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Don't know why it's taken me so long to get this CD - but now I have, I just wish I'd bought the original LP when it first came out!
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By P. Bryant VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2002
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This was a put up job. It was Shirley's husband who dreamed up the idea of combining Shirley's lovely entranced singing with Davey Graham's jazzy acoustic guitar arrangements. It sort of works but I notice they didn't do it again. The album divided the folk world - stuff like whether an English singer should be performing all those American songs, or whether English songs should be accompanied at all - but that's for the historians. It's a curiosity in Shirley's recorded work, very pretty but nowhere near as compelling as subsequent albums. But it marked out this most unassuming of singers as a fascinating innovator and a brilliant collaborator.
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