Genre: Folk/world (instrumental guitar)
Playing time: 51 minutes
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Related website(s): http://www.folkways.si.edu/joseph-spence-bahamian-master-guitarist/world/music/article/smithsonian
My rating: 9/10
I like… The sponataneity, the vibrancy, slightly exotic feel, variations and improvisations
I’m less keen on… The lack of polish won’t appeal to some (but doesn’t put me off – it’s simply the trade-off for spontaneity). The vocals need to be accepted rather than enjoyed.
The revival of interest in “folk” music in the 1950s – which embraced several acoustic genres – led to a search for some former great players and singers from the 1920s and 1930s, and also to widespread travel to capture “field recordings” in obscure places by local people who sang or played on a purely amateur basis.
The hope of those who undertook such journeys was, of course, to make a great discovery. Obviously, the search for great music from people hitherto unheard of was far more fickle. Huge amounts of music were captured, much of it interesting. Little of it was great, however. Continue reading “Joseph Spence: Complete Folkways Recordings 1958”