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on 22 October 2010
Back in the late 60s I bought two Transatlantic sampler albums [15/11d and 19/11d respectively, as i recall with the unpromising titles of The Contemporary Guitar Sampler Vol. 1 and Vol. II. Forty {!) years later those two albums are still two of my favourites, including as they do some of the greatest acoustic guitar instrumentals ever recorded by the likes of Jansch, Renbourn, Fahey, McTell the Pentangle and many others. These albums still make me marvel at what an acoustic guitar can do in the right hands and this apparently simple but subtle, inventive wonderfully melodic music has sustained me through numerous ups and downs over the years.

I've often wished to get these albums on CD -- maybe Sanctuary or Castle could look into it? -- but, in the meantime, this cheap album, with the unappealing catch-all title 'Folk Guitar' will have to do. It actually contains a few tracks that originally appeared on those Contemporary Guitar records, and the other tracks are of a consistently high class -- a special shout-out for a guitarist, Dave Murrell -- whom I'd never heard of. Only slight crit -- the vocal tracks by Donovan, Jansch [though good in themselves] interrupt the acoustic vibe a bit -- maybe the Castle compilers were nervous of a purely instrumental album. Well they shouldn't have been -- and perhaps Castle/Sanctuary can be persuaded to get back in those archives and release some more comps like this one [but even better!]. How about it?

PS since writing this I've since discovered that there are a couple of similar-ish CDs out there entitled Guitar Workshop Vols 1 and 2 [2, the more interesting one, appears to be o/p], so these may be worth checking out. A few tracks the same as Folk Guitar.
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