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✨✧ VariousWayfaring Strangers – Guitar Soli ... LP
Numero, Mid 60s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful collection of obscure solo acoustic guitar tunes from the mid 60s up to the dawn of the 80s – beautiful work from a slew of players we've never heard of – but we'd put right up there with Fahey and Basho in the way they reach from the back porch to the cosmos with just their fingers and some strings! One thing we love about this set, and the Numero Group releases to date, is how deep they dig and what beauty they unearth, somehow with impeccable sound quality. Some tunes are starkly beautiful, some chime on fairly intently, some do both those things and more – and it's very heartening and instantly appealing stuff – wordless tunes that carry a lot of sensitivity and emotion! The LP comes in beautiful gate fold, heavy cardboard packaging with notes on the tracks and artists printed on, plus an introduction by Numero's Rob Sevier and essays by Dan Lambert and Jim Ohlschmidt. Titles include "Beginning" by Dana Westover", "Raga In D" by Ted Lucas, "Sailor's Dream" by Scotte Witte, "Flight" by George Cromarty, "Diagonal" by Richard Crandell, "Baha Dream Songs" by Daniel Hecht, "Delta Freeze" by Jim Ohlschmidt, "No More School" by Stephen Cohen, "Strawberry Man" by Mark Lang, "Warm River" by Bread Chequer, "One Forty Eight" by Swayne Canna and more. LP, Vinyl record album
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Bonnie DobsonShe's Like A Swallow ... CD
Prestige/Big Beat (UK), 1960. Used ... $7.99
Sublime early work from Bonnie Dobson – really spare, really beautiful tracks recorded years before Dobson became more of a pop phenomenon – with a classic sound that's instantly mesmerizing, right from the very first note! The record just features Bonnie's guitar and her amazing voice – recorded perfectly by Rudy Van Gelder, who did as great of a job here as with any of his jazz sessions for Prestige Records – maybe even more so, given the intimacy of the record. Titles include "The Cruel War Is Raging", "Mistress Bond", "Envoyons De L'Avant", "The Road To Grandmere", "The Old Maid's Lament", "Across The Blue Mountain", and "Frankie Slide". CD

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John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $15.99
A pair of wonderful albums from the great John Fahey – back to back on a single CD! First up is Rivers & Religion – a really unique album by John Fahey – issued during a short stretch of initial mainstream approval, and a brief time of recording for Warner Brothers! Some of the album's quite different than the spare, solo Fahey you might know – and mixes his legendary guitar work with more elaborate elements than usual – additional instrumentation that includes bass, banjo, clarinet, piano, trombone, and fiddle – but all used at a level that really supports John's presence, not occludes it. Other tracks return to spare acoustic steel string guitar – creating an evocative balance that's mighty nice. Titles include "Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt", "Texas & Pacific Blues", "Dixie Pig Bar B Q Blues", "Lord Have Mercy Song", and "Deep River". After The Ball is a set with a disco ball on the cover, but a record that fits right in with the best early 20th century aesthetic in the work of John Fahey – particularly his way of reiimagining older musical traditions! There's a bit of added instrumentation on the record – two tracks that have some slight trad jazz flourishes – but overall, the album's mostly a solo effort with loads of wonderful guitar work from John – still as creative and as complicated as in his best recordings for Takoma! Other added instrumentation sometimes expands the sound with mandolin or banjo, but again in very sensitive ways – and titles include "Bucktown Stomp", "Om Shanthi Norris", "Beverly", and "Horses". CD

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Flatt & ScruggsFolk Songs Of Our Land/The Fabulous Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs ... CD
Columbia/Wounded Bird, Early 60s. New Copy ... $3.99 12.98
Two Columbia killers from the team of Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs – back to back on a single CD! First up is Folk Songs Of Our Land – kind of a nod by the pair back to the new folk revival, who were helping the Flatt & Scruggs team get greater mainstream fame, thanks to their enthusiasm! Lester & Earl try their hand at a host of American folk tunes – but rather than turn out some smarmy pop-folk presentation, or easy Kingston Trio style, they go right back to bluegrass roots – with excellent presentation on both of their instruments, and some vocals as well. Titles include "Philadelphia Lawyer", "Legend Of The Johnson Boys", "Life Of Trouble", "Good Times Are Past & Gone", "Hear The Wind Blow", and "Ellen Smith". The Fabulous Sound Of Flatt & Scruggs is a record that really lives up to its title – and not only offers up superb guitar from Lester Flatt and incredibly deft banjo from Earl Scruggs – but also some great vocals that really beat the best of mainstream country at the time! The record was key in getting the sound of bluegrass out of the hills and into the homes of other listeners at the time – not just the usual fans of country music, but also the younger rock and folk scene who really helped raise Flatt & Scruggs up to legendary status, and inspire them to evolve with records like this. Titles include "Hello Stranger", "I'm Walking With Him", "Bummin An Old Freight Train", "When Papa Played The Dobro", and "A Faded Red Ribbon". CD

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Joan BaezBlessed Are ... LP
Vanguard, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A important record from Joan Baez – one that has the singer expanding her sound, but in all the right possible ways – bringing in some Nashville elements to her folksy roots! The record features some larger backings arranged by producer Norbert Putnam – with bits of strings, The Memphis Horns, and some backup vocals – but most of a focus around the core combo of the album, which includes Charlie McCoy on harmonica, and Pete Wade and Norman Blake on guitars. Titles include "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", "Three Horses", "Last Lonely & Wretched", "Lincoln Freed Me Today", "Gabriel & Me", and "Fifteen Months". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some moderate wear & a cutout hole.)

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