Dienstag, 17. Februar 2015

Tom Rush - Tom Rush At The Unicorn (1962)

Originally self-released on Tom Rush's own label (a rare thing for 1962) and later reissued by CBS, "Tom Rush at the Unicorn" is a warts-and-all live recording of medium fidelity featuring the young folksinger on stage at Boston's leading folk spot, The Unicorn, one of the hotbeds (along with Cambridge's Club 47) of the local folk revival.

The 12-track set list is composed entirely of traditional songs, from old familiars like "The Old 97" and "Ramblin' on My Mind" to Woody Guthrie's modern classics "Pretty Boy Floyd" and "Talking Dust Bowl Blues."

Rush delivers his material with élan, but in comparison to his later original songs, there's something missing here. Tom Rush here sounds like the collegiate folk fan he was, not the sensitive, nuanced singer/songwriter he would become by the time of 1965's Elektra debut, "Tom Rush". "Tom Rush at the Unicorn" is interesting, but it's juvenilia.  - allmusic.com

Ramblin' On My Mind3:00
San Francisco Bay Blues3:21
The Old 973:55
Every Night When The Sun Goes Down3:45
Walkin' Blues2:53
Make Love To You2:24
Poor Man3:25
Orphan's Blues4:35
Pretty Boy Floyd3:25
Julies Blues4:50
Talking Dust Bowl3:12
Old Blue5:20

Tom Rush - Tom Rush At The Unicorn (1962)
(192 kbps, cover art included)           

Mittwoch, 11. Februar 2015

Woody Guthrie - Talking Dust Bowl (1950)

This is a Folkways LP that came out in 1950, but it collects some of the first commercial recordings that Guthrie made - for RCA Victor in 1940. On the A side you will find four classic dust bowl ballads; on the flip side, songs about the migrants who were chased from the southwest by the storms of the 1930s. These include a piece that Guthrie based on John Steinbeck's Tom Joad character.

It's interesting that Guthrie, thought of as a true folk artist, was influenced by Steinbeck's novel and (according to the notes to this album) even the film of the Grapes of Wrath. His work in turn became part of the collective consciousness, in a sense - I remember singing So Long and This Land Is Your Land in elementary school in the 1950s, well before I ever heard of Woody himself.

Guthrie's RCA session was tremendously successful artistically - this record doesn't include Do Re Mi, Vigilante Man, and Pretty Boy Floyd, all of which he recorded at the same session.

The cover of this album, by an artist named Carlis, is perfect for its contents. A great record and great package.

Thanks to http://big10inchrecord.blogspot.com/ for the original upload and the informative text.

Dust Bowl Ballads
A1Dust Storm Disaster
A2So Long (Dusty Old Dust)
A3Talking Dust Blues
A4Dust Can't Kill Me
Migrant Worker's Songs
B1Blowing Down This Road
B2Dust Bowl Refugee
Tom Joad (Ballad Based On John Steinbeck's "Grapes Of Wrath")
B3Tom Joad, Part 1
B4Tom Joad, Part 2

Woody Guthrie - Talking Dust Bowl (1950)
(256 kbps, front cover included)