Joseph Spence: Complete Folkways Recordings 1958

Summary

Format: CDspence-album-cover

Genre:  Folk/world (instrumental guitar)

Tracks: 9

Playing time: 51 minutes 

Availability (out of 3): *

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. 

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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”

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Ralph McTell: Songs For Six Strings Vol II

Summary

Format: CD6-strings-album

Genre:  Folk (contemporary)

Tracks: 20 (18 songs)

Playing time:  75

Availability (out of 3): *

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

My rating: 10/10

I like…   The range of song topics and moods, the powerful lyrics and great tunes, Ralph’s natural stage manner

I’m less keen on…  Its being hard to source! 

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I was in two minds whether to review this album in view of its present scarcity. In the end I have done so, as used copies will be available at times, and in any case it is a worthwhile album to review!

Who?

early-ralphRalph McTell’s musical career has spanned almost 50 years. He is best known for his song “Streets Of London”, for which he won an Ivor Novello award. In 2002 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Continue reading “Ralph McTell: Songs For Six Strings Vol II”