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5.0 out of 5 stars What can you say?, 11 Dec. 2006
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This review is from: Folk, Blues & Beyond... (Audio CD)
This is a must;the original album from the back end of 1964,plus bonus Ep tracks from 1962 and 1963. I think the combined mint condition total of the 3 original vinyls is £300+, which tells you it's a bargain.

It lives up to its' title, as Davy Graham showcases the folk-blues open D tuning folk playing he'd been perfecting from 1959-62, turns in a little lounge jazz-blues and then whips off into Moroccan music as if he'd been playing that since age 5!

Words won't do justice to this & at this stage,Davy was a big enough cult name to do his own thing on a major label without worrying if it failed to sell a copy. Luckily it sold a few more than that, but not much more.

I strongly suggest you but this. It simply puts guitar playing on another planet and is akin to the advent of Jimi Hendrix to the electric guitar-everybody before and since is just a good or very good guitar picker. This man is simply, inhumanly the best.

And that's a view shared by my wife & 10 cats-which says something, as you know cats always have impeccable taste.
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Initial post: 4 Mar 2011 12:01:48 GMT
My cat is 19 and stone deaf, but what does he know ? A great album indeed, and it looks like I'm about to buy it fro the 3rd time - Decca mono LP, See For Miles CD - without full traclkist, dammit. What's the sound like, btw? Not a cursed needle drop, I hope??

Posted on 8 Mar 2014 13:47:08 GMT
gille liath says:
As much of an original as Graham was, he wasn't a great guitar player - certainly not as good as Bert Jansch. Compare their performances of Anji.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Mar 2014 18:16:58 GMT
Graham was cited many times by Jansch as a major influence on him, as a guitar player. Jansch's Angie is, though, HIS own slant/interpretation of Davey Graham's original composition and valid in it's own right as a performance.

Jansch was the more consistent live performer, agreed, at least after about 1968. But I do feel Graham was originally the superior, because he picked up and ran with what he'd digested in 5 years on the road before FBAB, and was playing in a vibrant and totally innovative style right from 1963, vide The Guitar Player(studio 1963 cuts) & the bonus tracks on FBAB(studio & live 1963 cuts).

Will be interesting to have some more thoughts on this, and thanks for your comments-BOTH are sadly missed, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Nov 2014 11:51:41 GMT
Count Arthur says:
"he wasn't a great guitar player"????? You are having a laugh surely, just because you prefer Bert Jansch's version of Anji?

I despair, I really do.
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