Thoroughly well-chosen compilation of Davy's recordings from all periods of his musical life. Anyone new to DG should soon understand why he was as pivotal in his way within the folk/jazz/blues acoustic genre as was Peter Green in the mostly electric blues genre. So much has been written about Davy and his life and music that it seems superfluous to try to repeat or summarise it here, but if you love acoustic guitar playing that is both traditional and simultaneously innovative - then do give this CD a listen. As for those tracks on which Davy sings - his voice is definitely not in, say, the Martin Carthy area, but it's very pleasant and suits his music and playing. However, voices are a matter of preference so if I say that I prefer John Renbourn's voice to that of Bert Jansch, then maybe that gives you an idea of the basis for my personal opinion.
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.
If Dav(e)y Graham's music reminds you of Paul Simon, John Martyn or Jimmy Page it's because he was the master and they were the pupils. The track that sums up Davey Graham for me is the cleverly-titled "She Moved Through the Bizarre/Blue Raga", a Moroccan-influenced reworking of the Irish folk song "She Moved Through the Fair". Given that a lot of these tracks were recorded on pretty basic equipment, the sound is absolutely staggering- it's real "in the same room" quality.
Wow!! What a fine selection of Davy's Decca recordings. It really has most of his album favourites although one was missed off for some reason? 'Leaving Blues' from his Folk, Blues and Beyond album was a sad omission. However apart from this single blemish, items such as 'Angi''She moved through the fair''Rock me baby''The Fakir' 'Fire in my soul''Sunshine Raga''Ramblin' Sailor' and 'Forty ton parachute' to name but a few of the amazing 36 tracks are all there. It is clear to see why he was such an inspiration to so many guitarists during these Decca years with his coverage of so many different styles of music dipping into Jazz, Blues and Folk and even some of the pop music of the 60's. If you are already converted to Davy's music and have most of his early albums it's still worth your while to purchase this collection as the recordings are clean and fresh. If you are new to the guitar world then it's about time you were in touch with this gifted and amazing player, he will take you to other worlds of music and broaden your listening horizons.A cracking double CD.