Incredible String Band —
Big Huge ... LP Elektra, Late 60s. Very Good- ...
Half of the fourth album from The Incredible String Band and their most sprawling work to date – which was originally split into separate LPs for the US release – this being The Big Huge portion! Multi-instrumentalists Mike Heron & Robin Williamson began using studio multi-tracking ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really beautiful album from Incredible String Band – a set that maybe lives up to the "changing horses" title just a bit, but which still really follows in the great legacy of the band's earlier albums too! There's maybe a very slight addition of electricity in a few spots – ... read moreCD
Four fantastic albums from John James – an overlooked acoustic guitarist from the same British scene that gave us John Renbourn and Bert Jansch – but one who never fully got his due! James is featured here on four albums for the Transatlantic label from the early 70s – mostly ... read moreCD
Skip plays both guitar and piano along with his vocals – and titles include "Special Rider Blues", "Crow Jane", "All Night Long", "Cypress Grove", "My Gal", and "Look Down The Road". (Blues, Folk/Country)LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest albums ever from UK genius Bert Jansch – cut as a solo set at a time when his fame was rising with the group Pentangle, and somewhat overlooked at the time! Yet all these many years later, we'd rank this one right up alongside important records of the period by Nick Drake ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bert Jansch —
Jack Orion ... LP Transatlantic/Superior Viaduct, 1966. New Copy (reissue)...
A huge leap forward for the mighty Bert Jansch – and a record that's somehow even more amazing than the ones that came before! Bert's maybe even more introspective here, but also on a personal journey that takes him down musical paths that seem broader than before – almost echoing a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The LA Turnaround from Brit folk tunesmith Bert Jansch – one of the few records he made for Charisma in the mid 70s – this one fresh from the break up of the seminal Pentangle! The UK folk sound is as notable in Bert's voice as any other aspect of this warm, wonderful set – but ... read moreCD
Bert Jansch's second mid 70s effort for Charisma, and also the second title that's an ode to Southern Cali from the Scottish born folk singer/guitar player – and a great one! Although LA turnaround had it's moments of larger instrumentation, Jansch's voice and guitar was a defining ... read moreCD
Folk soul guitar player, singer, songwriter, storyteller and genuine character Abner Jay's brilliant home recordings – the first release of his "terrible comedy blues" in far too long – courtesy of the always deep digging Mississippi label! Abner takes on the topical issues ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A huge evolution of genius – with a full CD of material from Waylon's pre-hit years on RCA, another disc that traces his shift to outlaw territory at the start of the 70s, one more CD that shows his exploding fame for the rest of the decade, and one more disc with later work too. 92 tracks ... read moreCD
A trio of tremendous albums by The Johnstons – all recorded right around the start of the 70s, at a time when the group was moving into some even more heady territory than before! The Johnstons got their start as a more traditional Irish folk group, but like most of their British Isles ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from the young George Jones – working here at the height of his powers, and in a raw live setting that's a nice change from some of the polish of his studio recordings of the 60s! George's voice is great – already hitting that wider range that marked his Musicor material ... read moreCD
The great George Jones at his heartbreaking best! Titles include the classic "Good Year For The Roses" – plus "Playing Possum", "Loving You Makes You Mine", "Divorce Or Destroy", and "Never Grow Cold". LP, Vinyl record album
Kris's second album for Monument with some of his best ever songcraft, delivered in that charismatic laidback drawl – it's perfect song after perfect song on this one! One of the most adaptable songwriting heavies of his time, Kris's own recordings always showed just how much of his own soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Quadraphonic pressing. Cover has some wear and a sticker over the top seam.)
The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers may not have been one of the biggest groups in the big bluegrass explosion of the postwar years – but they were certainly one of the tightest, as you'll hear on this great collection of tracks recorded for the Starday label! The instrumentation is really center ... read moreCD
A really beautiful album that grew out of the jug band scene of the early 60s – then really took the music in some great new directions! Mel Lyman is the leader of the group here – playing banjo and bluesy harmonica – but he also works with previous jug band partners Geoff ... (Rock, Folk/Country)read moreCD
Joe Maphis was a hell of a picker from the country scene of the postwar years – a guitarist so great, he could easily work a double-necked guitar faster than most of his single-necked contemporaries! Here, though, Joe shows off a really special side of his talents – some spiritual ... read moreCD
Mike Marshall & Darol Anger —
Chiaroscuro ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1985. New Copy ...
An overlooked gem from that moment when the acoustic underground of the 70s was sometimes getting lost amidst the new age deluge of the 80s – even though all of the best musicians still their best talents intact! Mike Marshall is one of those musicians – working here on mandolin and ... (Jazz, Folk/Country)read moreCD
(Great version – with much better mastering than the previous CD issue!)
An overlooked genius from the early years of country music – a singer whose smooth voice really helped open many doors, and helped elevate the style past the hillbilly records ghetto! The box features 8 CDs' worth of Columbia Records gems by George Morgan – who some folks also might ... read moreCD
Geoff and Maria Muldaur are really finding their groove here – sounding quite different than their 60s years in the jug band scene, and working with a warmth and jazziness that points the way towards Maria's big solo years too! There's still some roots elements in the music, but the sound of ... (Rock, Folk/Country)read moreCD
Incredible early work from Willie Nelson – quite different from his outlaw material of the 70s, but equally compelling in its own sort of way! As you'd guess from the title and cover, the set came out at a time when Willie was a real up-and-coming songwriting in country music – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic early work from Willie Nelson – material that was originally recorded as demo tapes for the music company of Ray Price – the country singer who hit big with a few of Willie's key young compositions! Yet the sound here is all Willie Nelson, all the way through – ... read moreCD
A genius album – Willie Nelson returns to his early Texas roots, and makes Ray Price sound better than he has in years! The match is no surprise, given that Willie wrote a few big hits for Ray before his own star shone brightly – and the album features these fantastic remakes, done in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)
New Riders Of The Purple Sage —
Powerglide ... LP Columbia, 1972. Very Good ...
Buck Owens ruled country music in the 60s – especially on the west coast – and these seminal singles for Capitol Records are a great demonstration of his talent at its height! Buck was a hell of a talent right from the start – sharp, soulful, and graced with a good sense of wit ... read moreCD
A lost Buck Owens album from the 70s – a set that was supposed to be his final record for Capitol, but which was never issued at the time – and sat undiscovered for years in the archives! Turns out, the record's a real gem through and through – nicely understated, surprisingly ... read moreCD
Dan Penn —
Nobody's Fool ... LP Bell/Bear Family (Germany), 1973. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)...
A fantastic set from the legendary Dan Penn – an artist who's maybe known more as a songwriter, but who's finally been given his due as a singer over the years! Back in the day, Dan recorded this gem, but it quickly fell between the cracks of the too-wide music business – yet since ... (Rock, Folk/Country)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An incredible run of music from a really legendary band – a quintet who were as important to the British folk scene as Fairport Convention – and one who worked with an equally hip sort of vibe! Where that group featured key work from a young Richard Thompson and Sandy Denny, this one ... (Rock, Folk/Country)read moreCD