Sonntag, 24. Juli 2016

Davy Graham‎ – Folk, Blues & Beyond (1965)

"Folk, Blues & Beyond" by Davy Graham is one of the most important recordings from the 1960s Folk Revival. The roots of the British acoustic guitar school, folk-rock and the singer-songwriter movement can all be traced back to Folk, Blues & Beyond. The recording was first released by Decca Records in January 1965 and quickly helped to establish Davy Graham's reputation.

"Folk, Blues and Beyond" is the second studio album by British musician Davey Graham, originally released in 1965.
It has been considered Graham's most groundbreaking and consistent work and a defining record of the 20th century. It has also been a primary influence on some of the most popular musicians in Britain ranging from Bert Jansch to Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.
His first album, The Guitar Player, was almost exclusively jazz based. He was also known for his collaborations with folksinger Shirley Collins, which had established his name in the purist folk communities in Britain.
In his Allmusic review, critic Richie Unterberger stated "This was Graham's most groundbreaking and consistent album. More than his solo debut "The Guitar Player" (which was pretty jazzy) or his previous collaboration with folk singer Shirley Collins, "Folk Roots, New Routes", this established his mixture of folk, jazz, blues, and Middle Eastern music, the use of a bassist and drummer also hinting at (though not quite reaching) folk-rock. "Leavin' Blues," "Skillet (Good'n'Greasy)," and "Moanin'" are all among his very best folk-blues-rock performances, while on "Maajun" he goes full-bore into Middle Eastern music on one of his most haunting and memorable pieces. Covers of traditional folk standards like "Black Is the Colour of My True Love's Hair" and "Seven Gypsies" combine with interpretations of compositions by Bob Dylan ("Don't Think Twice, It's Alright"), Willie Dixon ("My Babe"), Charles Mingus ("Better Git in Your Soul"), and Reverend Gary Davis ("Cocaine") for an eclecticism of repertoire that wasn't matched by many musicians of any sort in the mid-'60s. If there is one aspect of the recording to criticize, it is, as was usually the case with Graham, the thin, colorless vocals. The guitar playing is the main attraction, though; it's so stellar that it makes the less impressive singing easy to overlook. Ten of the 16 songs were included on the compilation "Folk Blues and All Points in Between", but Graham fans should get this anyway, as the level of material and musicianship is pretty high throughout most of the disc.
Most of the tracks on the album are a fusion of traditional western folk/blues and Middle-Eastern music. This synthesis of world sounds was inspired by Grahams frequent traveling across the Asian continent from the early 1950s onward.
Graham also utilizes jazz progressions to re-innovate and contemporize traditional sounds, especially on the blues tracks of the album. For example, the opening track is a cover of "Leavin' Blues", written by Lead Belly, which is a straightforward blues in C. Graham's version uses the DADGAD guitar tuning, and he speeds up the tempo to give it a more 'rocking' sound. His cover is also infused with an exotic, middle eastern sound, accredited to both the tuning and the exotic musical scales he uses throughout the song.

Tracklist:                                                    
A1Leavin' Blues
Written-By – Ledbetter*

A2Cocaine
Written-By – Elliot*

A3Sally Free And Easy
Written-By – Tawney*

A4Black Is The Colour Of My True Love's Hair
Written-By – Traditional

A5Rock Me Baby
Written-By – Broonzy*

A6Seven Gypsies
Written-By – Traditional

A7Ballad Of The Sad Young Men
Written-By – Landesman*, Wolf*

A8Moanin'
Written-By – Timmons*, Hendricks*

B1Skillet (Good 'N Greasy)
Written-By – Traditional

B2Ain't Nobody's Business What I Do
Written-By – Traditional

B3Maajun (A Taste Of Tangier)
Written-By – Graham*

B4I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes
Written-By – Johnson*

B5Don't Think Twice, It's All Right
Written-By – Dylan*

B6My Babe
Written-By – Traditional

B7Goin' Down Slow
Written-By – Dupree*

B8Better Git In Your Soul


Davy Graham - Folk, Blues & Beyond (1965)
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..and thanks for this...and that.. and...

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You are welcome!

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