Gallagher and Lyle: Willie And The Lapdog

Summary

Format: CD/vinylw-lapdog-cover

Genre: Folk (Contemporary)

Tracks: 12

Playing time: 33 minutes

Availability (out of 3): *

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

My rating: 10/10

I like…   The range of moods, the thought-provoking and evocative lyrics, the arrangements

I’m less keen on…  – 

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This was one of the first albums that I bought (on vinyl, back in the early 1970s!) I’d started to take an interest in music in my mid teens, and in a bid to be cool I had also begun to buy the music newspaper “New Musical Express” or “NME”. This was, of course, pre-internet, and that newspaper, and its rival “Melody Maker”, was peppered with fairly extensive adverts from mail-order suppliers of albums and trendy tee-shirts.

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Vamm: Vamm

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Format:  CD

Genre:  Folk (Traditional, Celtic, Instrumental)

Tracks: 10

Playing time: 45 minutes

Availability (out of 3): **

Related website(s): (1)  http://www.catrionamacdonald.co.uk;   http://www.patsyreid.com;   https://maritandrona.bandcamp.com

http://www.folkradio.co.uk/2013/07/vamm-interview

My rating: 9/10

I like…   The vibrancy, the interweave of the instruments, the uplifting, upbeat tunes

I’m less keen on…  I’d have liked a bit more information on the sleeve – minor gripe!

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I was lucky enough to spot the CD in my local library and, having listened to it (was £1.00 ever better spent?!), Continue reading “Vamm: Vamm”

Doc Watson: On Stage

SummaryProduct Details

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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Martin Carthy is little known outside folk circles but is a legend Continue reading “Martin Carthy: Essential”

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

 Summary

Format:  CDmctell-unknown-soldier

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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