on 28 October 2001
Should we be angry at Elektra for making us wait this long? Or should we thank them for making it so sweet when it finally showed up?
This double package is made up of David Blue (released 1966) and Singer Songwriter Project (released 1965.
David Blue was one of the many "folksingers" hanging out in the Village in the early Sixties. Originally David Cohen (not a very authentic blues name), Blue was one of the first electric blues singers on the NY scene. You can hear the influence of Dave Van Ronk being combined with the Chicago scene (Blue was one of instigators of the Butterfield Blues Band perfromance at Newport 1965). Listen to the inflections, his wordplay, the great studio work (incl. Harvey Brooks, Herb Lovelle - another by-product of Newport 65 via Al Kooper). There is a lot of Blonde-on-Blonde-type music here, and it works well.
Singer Songwriter Project is a different animal indeed. Obviously trying to show off some of their performers using the Broadside vein, Elektra gathered four semi-knowns (except for 17 year-old Murdoch who was totally unknown) to give acoustic readings. The project was SO "authentic", that David Blue even reverted back to his original name for the occasion - presented as David Cohen. I'll try to point out the highlights - there are really too many.
Richard (sans Mimi) Farina's moving Birmingham Sunday is only to be found here, and is essential to complete the Farina collections.
Pat Sky's mellow Many a Mile is much more convincing than Buffy St. Marie's version.
Bruce Murdoch's entries are quite dated, but those who know Murdoch as an electric performer will be pleasantly surprised.
David Cohen's entries are pretty straightforward, but Like to Sleep Late in the Morning is a definite gem (compare it to David Bromberg's big band version).
All in all, Elektra has done a wonderful job, right down to the original liner notes + updating.