Doc Watson: On Stage

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Format:  CD

Genre:  “Country” (American Folk)

Tracks: 24

Playing time:  71 minutes

Availability (out of 3):  **

Related website(s): www.docsguitar.com

 My rating:  10/10

I like: Stripped down arrangements, varied songs and moods, inclusion of instrumentals, “live” setting

I’m less keen on :  –

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Martin Carthy: Essential

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Format:  CD (2 discs)

Genre:  Folk (Traditional)

Tracks:  34

Playing time:  141 minutes

Availability (out of 3):  ***

Related website(s) (unofficial): https://carthyonline.wordpress.com

 My rating:  10/10

I like: Several tracks blow me away (instrumentals and vocal); poignant songs, light-hearted songs, upbeat instrumentals, melodic tunes

I’m less keen on :  –

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Big Bill Broonzy: The Bill Broonzy Story

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Format:  CD

Genre: Blues (Acoustic)

Tracks: (for 3-CD set) 67 (including “chat”)

Playing time: (for 3-CD set) 202 minutes

Availability (out of 3): 3-CD set: * / 2-CD set: ***

Related website(s): http://www.broonzy.com

My rating: 10/10

I like…   The strong voice, the driving but melodic guitar, the strong blues lyrics, the “chat” between songs, the sound quality

I’m less keen on…   At times I skip some of the “chat” tracks – but only at times! 

n.b. this review is of the earlier 3-CD set that I own, but much of it will apply to the current 2-CD edition

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Ralph McTell: The Unknown Soldier

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Genre:  Folk (Contemporary), vocal

Tracks:  5

Playing time:  22 minutes

Availability (out of 3):  ***

Related website(s):  http://www.ralphmctell.co.uk

My rating:  9/10

I like…   The lyrics, the basic arrangements

I’m less keen on…  – 

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