Dienstag, 9. August 2016

John Hartford - Morning Bugle (1972)


John Hartford remains best known for the country-pop standard "Gentle on My Mind," a major hit for Glen Campbell and subsequently covered by vocalists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Aretha Franklin. The song remains among the most often recorded in the history of popular music, its copyright netting Hartford well over a hundred thousand dollars annually for many years. But there was more to Hartford than that curious mix of highly literary folk music and MOR romantic nostalgia, told from the perspective of a homeless man remembering days of perfect love. Hartford was a multi-talented old-time musician, a riverboat captain, a satirical songwriter, a one-man showman of exceptional talents, and one of the founders of both progressive country music and old-time string music revivalism.

"Morning Bugle" is one of Hartford's finest records. Done mostly live in the studio with virtually no over-dubs, this is a fine collection of song covering a variety of subjects. Two of the most poignant are "Howard Hughes Blues" and "Nobody Eats at Linebaugh's," which addresses country music's abandonment of the Ryman and downtown Nashville in favor of "the park." The album features jazz double bassist Dave Holland, who performs with both Hartford and Norman Blake for the very first time. It was recorded at Bearsville Sound in Bearsville, New York and released in June, 1972. The music was all written by Hartford, except for two traditional tunes.

John Hartford - Morning Bugle (1972)
(192 kbps, cover art included)

4 Kommentare:

Lucky hat gesagt…

ha, funny freudian mis-spelling, zero: john heartfield, the collage-genius and john hartford the musician in charge here - show your range of perspective!

john heartfield changed his name from helmut herzfeld to john heartfield in protest of anti-british climate during the 1st world war. his brother wieland herzfeld is famous, too - together with his brother and george grosz he founded the famous malik verlag publishing company.

zero hat gesagt…

You are absolutely right! Thanks for the feedback, will correct the name... All the best to you!

Mike hat gesagt…

This album is pure gold. Thanks for sharing.

zero hat gesagt…

Glad you like it, greetings!

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