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BabaJack - BabaJack Live: Summer 2015 (2015)

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BabaJack - BabaJack Live: Summer 2015 (2015)

BabaJack - BabaJack Live: Summer 2015 (2015)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 373 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 147 Mb | Scans included
Acoustic Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: BabaJack | # None | Time: 01:03:20

Babajack incorporates elements of music gathered in from Africa, Blues, Folk, Rock and beyond and then blends and distills with artful precision to create a unique sound that excites the audience as they are swept up into the whirlwind of emotions unfolding through the words and music. This is the album that capturing the very essence of the band, Babajack Live the full band plus the atmospheric cello courtesy of Julia Palmer-Price and the skillful live recording and production from Paul Long you have a live sound captured forever. The track list is a mix of songs from previous albums, the must have tracks in a Babajack set and some glimpses of future work and the promise of another studio album.

Karen Dalton - In My Own Time (1971) Deluxe Edition, Remastered 2006 [Re-Up]

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Karen Dalton - In My Own Time (1971) Deluxe Edition, Remastered 2006 [Re-Up]

Karen Dalton - In My Own Time (1971) Deluxe Edition, Remastered 2006
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 230 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 83 Mb | Scans ~ 134 Mb
Folk Blues, Country Blues, Folk Rock | Label: Light In The Attic | # LITA 022 | 00:34:37

Deluxe remastered edition of this album from cult folk artist Karen Dalton. Recorded over a six month period in 1970/71 at Bearsville, In My Own Time was Dalton's only fully planned and realized studio album. The material was carefully selected and crafted for her by producer/musician Harvey Brooks, the Renaissance man of rock-jazz who played bass on Dylan's Highway 61 Revisited and Miles' Bitches Brew. It features ten songs that reflected Dalton's incredible ability to break just about anybody's heart - from her spectral evocation of Joe Tate's One Night of Love, to the dark tragedy of the traditional Katie Cruel. Known as a great interpreter of choice material, Dalton could master both country and soul genres with hauntingly pining covers of George Jones' Take Me and Holland-Dozier Holland's How Sweet It Is.

Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (1969) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

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Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (1969) Reissue 1997 [Re-Up]

Karen Dalton - It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (1969)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 201 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 108 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Rock | Label: Koch | # KOC-CD-7918 | 00:31:24

Some find Karen Dalton's voice difficult to listen to, and despite the Billie Holiday comparisons, it is rougher going than Lady Day. But Dalton's vocals aren't that hard to take, and they are expressive; like Buffy Sainte-Marie, it just does take some getting used to because of their unconventional timbre. Her debut album has a muted folk-rock feel reminiscent of Fred Neil's arrangements in the mid-'60s, unsurprising since Neil's Capitol-era producer, Nick Venet, produced this disc too, and since Dalton, a friend of Neil, covered a couple of Neil songs here ("Little Bit of Rain," "Blues on the Ceiling"). Although clocking in at a mere ten songs, it covers a lot of ground, from Tim Hardin, Jelly Roll Morton, and Leadbelly to the traditional folk song "Ribbon Bow" and the Eddie Floyd/Booker T. Jones-penned soul tune "I Love You More Than Words Can Say." The record is interesting and well done, but would have been far more significant if it had come out five years or so earlier. By 1969 such singers were expected to write much of their own material (Dalton wrote none), and to embrace rock instrumentation less tentatively.

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

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VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set

VA - Newport Folk Festival: Best Of The Blues 1959-68 (2001) 3CD Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 874 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 395 Mb | Scans ~ 35 Mb | 02:52:09
Acoustic Blues, Delta Blues, Country Blues, Folk-Blues | Label: Vanguard | # 193/95-2

This three-CD set documents some historic country-blues performances by the likes of Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, Bukka White, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Mance Lipscomb. The urban side of things is well represented by Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Memphis Slim, Muddy Waters with Otis Spann, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Chambers Brothers turning in a riveting rendition of “See See Rider.” Included here are 11 previously unreleased tracks. A must for acoustic-blues fans.

Tom Rush - Tom Rush (1965) Remastered Reissue 2001

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Tom Rush - Tom Rush (1965) Remastered Reissue 2001

Tom Rush - Tom Rush (1965) Remastered Reissue 2001
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 120 Mb | Scans included
Folk, Folk-Blues | Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM-231-2 | Time: 00:44:53

It's unfortunate that Tom Rush's third album has such a strong reputation among rock listeners – not that it doesn't deserve it, but it sort of distracts them from this album, which was as natural a fit for rock listeners as any folk album of its era. Rush's debut album is filled with a hard, bluesy brand of folk music that's hard on the acoustic guitar strings and not much easier on his voice; he sings stuff like "Long John" and "If Your Man Gets Busted" with a deep, throaty baritone that's only a little less raw than John Hammond's was while doing his work of the same era. Rush had the misfortune to be equated with Bob Dylan, but he had a more easygoing and accessible personality that comes out on numbers here such as Woody Guthrie's "Do-Re-Mi" and Kokomo Arnold's "Milkcow Blues," which are thoroughly enjoyable and quietly (but totally) beguiling. Additionally, he isn't such a purist that he felt above covering a Leiber & Stoller number such as "When She Wants Good Lovin'."

Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)

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Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)

Taj Mahal - Taj's Blues (1992)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 297 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 137 Mb | Scans included
Label: Columbia / Legacy | # CCK 52465 | Time: 00:50:40
Contemporary Blues, Electric Country Blues, Folk-Blues

Taj's Blues is an entertainingly diverse record, featuring a variety of blues and roots-music styles, all fused together into a distinctive sound of its own. Half of the album is played on acoustic, the other with an electric band (which includes guitarists Ry Cooder and Jesse Davis on a handful of tracks), which gives a pretty good impression of the range of Mahal's talents. It's a good collection, featuring many of his best performances for Columbia, including "Statesboro Blues" and "Leaving Trunk," as well as the unreleased "East Bay Woman".

VA - The Great Harp Players 1927-1936 (1992) Reissue 2007

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VA - The Great Harp Players 1927-1936 (1992) Reissue 2007

VA - The Great Harp Players 1927-1936 (1992) Reissue 2007
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 256 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 182 Mb | Scans included | 01:16:53
Pre-War Blues, Folk-Blues, Vaudeville Blues | Label: Document | # DOCD-5100

Although one may think of the blues harp beginning with Little Walter, the first Sonny Boy Williamson, or Sonny Terry, a variety of harmonica players did record in the '20s. Some of their recordings were technical displays that featured them imitating everything from animals to trains, while other players were more blues-oriented. This valuable CD has two selections from the guitar-harmonica team of William Francis and Richard Sowell; Ollis Martin's "Police and High Sheriff Come Ridin' Down"; six pieces by Eli Watson (including "El Watson's Fox Chase"); two cuts apiece by Palmer McAbee, Ellis Williams, Alfred Lewis, and the team of Smith & Harper (which is the only music on this CD recorded after 1930); plus four songs/displays from Blues Birdhead (including "Get up off That Jazzophone") and George "Bullet" Williams (highlighted by "Frisco Leaving Birmingham" and "The Escaped Convict"). Fascinating music.

Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, Reissue 2002

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Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, Reissue 2002

Odetta - Ballads For Americans And Other American Ballads / At Carnegie Hall (1960) 2 LPs on 1 CD, 2002
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 462 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 207 Mb | Scans included
Folk, Blues, Folk-Blues, Country Blues | Label: Universe | # UV 039 | Time: 01:19:21

This CD, issued under license from Vanguard by Italy's Universe label (on their Comet imprint), is one of the handsomest re-releases of its kind ever to turn up on CD. The sound is fine – and it's so hard to find an unworn copy of Ballad for Americans and Other American Ballads that anything would be welcome – but the producers have taken special care to re-create the original artwork and annotation in all of it thoroughness in a mini-LP-style gatefold CD package that's neat, handsome, and respectful of the original release, and will probably last for decades on shelves. As for the music, the CD showcases four sides of Odetta's work – her gifts in art-song and conceptual music in "Ballad for Americans," her solo folk and blues singing in the accompanying studio sides, her way with an audience in a live setting with the Carnegie Hall tracks, with her singing in a choral setting on the final four tracks of that LP. It all sounds great, and could arguably be a best of Odetta, even if it isn't an official anthology of that type. It's just sort of a shame – and an enigma – that it takes an Italian-based label to give these recordings their due respect in the 21st century.

Lead Belly - Bridging Lead Belly (1999)

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Lead Belly - Bridging Lead Belly (1999)

Lead Belly - Bridging Lead Belly (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 168 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans included
Label: Rounder Select | # CD 1151 | Time: 00:41:41
Oldies, Folk-Blues, Country Blues, Acoustic Blues

Bridging Lead Belly connects two Leadbelly recording sessions. The first is 12 tracks recorded for the BBC in 1938. The final five selections come from a 1946 live recording. Leadbelly is a master of the acoustic country-blues. We hear this on the yodeling of "I'm Goin' Mother" that he shares the same roots with another rural tradition, that of the "singing cowboy." Beside such melancholy ballads, there are hearty tracks full of pep such as "Boll Weevil" and "(Baby) Take a Whiff on Me." The live recording is from a house party. A real gem in this section is "Frankie and Albert." Here Leadbelly elaborates to great length on the relationship. He does this – to the point where it becomes part soap opera and part social drama – of these two mythical figures of the blues.

Chris Smither - Live As I'll Ever Be (2000)

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Chris Smither - Live As I'll Ever Be (2000)

Chris Smither - Live As I'll Ever Be (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 345 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 142 Mb | Scans ~ 82 Mb
Folk-Blues, Folk-Rock | Label: HighTone | # HCD8120 | Time: 01:02:10

Chris Smither's Another Way to Find You was the live album that chronicled his career up to 1991. Live As I'll Ever Be takes up where that one left off, featuring songs from the four albums he released in the '90s. It was recorded over several years – beginning in 1996 – and captured performances in California, Virginia, Massachusetts, and Ireland. One mike recorded his large, unmistakable voice; the other was placed on the floor to pick up his steadily tapping and stomping feet. Many audience favorites were included, such as "I Am the Ride," "Slow Surprise," "Small Revelations," and "Up on the Lowdown." Two covers, Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom" and Rolly Sally's "Killin' the Blues," were also recorded. There are entertaining song intros and bits of warm banter with the audience, too. Chris Smither is always at his best when he is performing live. In fact, he often says that he writes songs and records albums just so he can perform live, and not the other way around. Live As I'll Ever Be gives you a great front-row seat, any time you want it.

Chris Smither - Small Revelations (1997)

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Chris Smither - Small Revelations (1997)

Chris Smither - Small Revelations (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 267 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 122 Mb
Label: HighTone | # HCD 8077 | Time: 00:35:57 | Scans included
Folk-Rock, Contemporary Blues, Folk-Blues

Chris Smither's reflective, lyrical songwriting, richly textured singing voice and bluesy acoustic-guitar playing serve him well on SMALL REVELATIONS. Smither is especially adept at country-inspired, toe-tapping tunes spiked with skeptical wit and wisdom, like "Winsome Smile" ("Listen to me now, you suffer from a sad misapprehension/That if she could read your mind she'd see just how it oughta be/But she's read it all by now/And your style don't get a grip on her attention.") Equally impressive are Smither's all-out blues tracks (including an outstanding cover of Robert Johnson's "Dust My Broom"), and his brooding, poignant near-ballads, especially the leisurely, contemplative title track. Smither once again proves himself worthy of his fine reputation, especially among fellow musicians, as a plain-speaking, original and supremely talented guitarist, singer and songwriter.

Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989

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Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989

Chris Smither - It Ain't Easy (1984) Extended Reissue 1989
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 217 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 110 Mb | Scans included
Blues, Folk, Folk-Rock, Blues-Rock | Label: Genes/Adelphi | # GCD 1031 | 00:40:09

Following two releases for Poppy Records in the early '70s, as well as a third recording that never saw the light of day, Chris Smither finally returned in 1984 with It Ain't Easy. Armed simply with guitar and voice, Smither delivers a dozen tunes (14 on the CD reissue) that embody the best tradition of blues and folk. Whether it's his originals, a standard like "Glory of Love," or material by the likes of Randy Newman, Chuck Berry, Mississippi John Hurt, and Howlin' Wolf, Smither infuses every track with the same timeless quality. Though he may, on occasion, choose rather standard folk, blues, and rock & roll fare ("Green Rocky Road," "Sittin' on Top of the World," "Maybelline") Smither never treats the songs as if they were museum pieces. In his hands, they're given a life and vitality they probably haven't seen in years. His masterful guitar work and dark, resonant baritone are ideally suited to the songs on It Ain't Easy. Like Mississippi John Hurt or Reverend Gary Davis, his playing is that perfect combination of simplicity and sophistication, discovering and filling harmonic voids without ever overstating or wasting a single note. There's not a false moment on the entire record. Highly recommended. (AMG)

Chris Smither - Another Way To Find You (1991) Reissue 1998

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Chris Smither - Another Way To Find You (1991) Reissue 1998

Chris Smither - Another Way To Find You (1991) Reissue 1998
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 322 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 163 Mb | Scans included
Folk-Blues, Folk-Rock | Label: Hightone | # HCD8088 | Time: 00:56:57

This captures folk-blues guitarist-singer-songwriter Smither playing live in the studio for a hand-picked audience over the Christmas holidays in 1989. Smither presents 17 songs of his own derivation and others, blasting it all out in a couple of sharp sets in the time-honored folk music club tradition. His guitar work is clean and well played, and his vocals attain a sense of engagement throughout. While his interpretations of tunes by Chuck Berry, Randy Newman, Elizabeth Cotton, Willie McTell, Jimmy Reed and others are fine, the true highlights come with the originals "Lonely Time," "Don't Drag It On," "A Song for Susan," "Lonesome Georgia Brown," "I Feel the Same" and the title track.

Chris Smither - Honeysuckle Dog (2004) Recorded in 1972-1973

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Chris Smither - Honeysuckle Dog (2004) Recorded in 1972-1973

Chris Smither - Honeysuckle Dog (2004) Recorded in 1972-1973
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 247 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 102 Mb | Scans ~ 63 Mb
Folk-Blues, Folk-Rock | Label: Forever Heavenly (EMI) | # FHVN4LP CD | 00:44:44

Rock is teeming with Great Lost Albums. Mostly they gather dust in a vault somewhere, the odd song resurfacing on future projects. Smither's buried gem was recorded in 1973 in New York with impressive guests including Dr John and Little Feat's Lowell George. The non-appearance of his third album for Poppy - after the label went under and its backers kept the tapes - led to a downward spiral that put paid to most of the 1970s. Unearthed by Heavenly Records 32 years on, it sounds remarkably fresh. There's a definite early 70s feel to the production on band songs such as Sunshine Lady - part Tim Hardin but a bigger part Poppy, since the same sheen was added to Smither's labelmate Townes Van Zandt. But the spare, exquisitely played, bittersweet solo voice-and-guitar songs - Smither's own plus excellent covers of Randy Newman (Guilty) and Bessie Smith (Jailhouse Blues) - are timeless.

Stefan Grossman - Shake That Thing: Fingerpicking Country Blues (1998)

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Stefan Grossman - Shake That Thing: Fingerpicking Country Blues (1998)

Stefan Grossman - Shake That Thing: Fingerpicking Country Blues (1998)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 343 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 152 Mb | Scans ~ 160 Mb
Folk-Blues, Country Blues | Label: Shanachie | # 97027 | Time: 01:06:27

Drawing on over 30 years of experience playing the country-blues, complete with tutorials from some of the undisputed masters, it comes as no surprise that Stefan Grossman can so consistently conjure up the authentic spirit of the music with each successive release. His original compositions show Grossman to be the most confident of guitarists in his genre, effortlessly borrowing from the stylings of Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, and Blind Willie McTell among various others. While his playing isn't overly flashy, it need not be. The precision and craftsmanship injected into the fluid, rolling original "Yazoo Strut," the harder blues groove of "Spider Web Blues," and a powerful rendition of Reverend Gary Davis' "Candy Man" are country blues at its very best.