Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick

"Second Album" 1966

This record stands in British music history and Carthy's career roughly where Another Side of Bob Dylan does in American music--the more florrid tracks here, recorded with violinist Dave Swarbrick, show the path to the bridge between Carthy's traditional singer/scholar background and the folk-rock played by bands such as Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span. "Lord Franklin" is a narrative tour-de-force (from which Bob Dylan got the melody for "Bob Dylan's Dream" on Freewheelin' ), "Ramblin' Sailor" is boisterous cautionary tale about the company the title character keeps ashore, and there's also an acoustic recording of "Sailor's Life," a song that Fairport Convention would transmute into an epic electric version, and "Lowlands of Holland," which Steeleye Span later recorded. ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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"But Two Came By" 1968

Fans of Fairport Convention or Steeleye Span will find the clean, stripped down, spirited performances here a revelation: The beautiful, original "Lord of the Dance" (which transforms the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" into something wonderful in its own right), a delightfully ominous reading of "The White Hare," a lively "Banks of Sweet Primroses" (which, in various forms, became part of the repertories of numerous folk-rock revival bands), and, most impressive of all, a dazzling rendition of "Jack Orion." Carthy's voice (featured acapella on the beautiful "Creeping Jane" and the ominous "Lord Lankin") is a very fine instrument, he gets a surprisingly rich sound from his single guitar, and Swarbrick's violin is all the support he really needs. And lest anyone doubt that this record was done during England's flower-power era, check out the acoustic psychedelic-folk version of Leon Rosselson's "Brass Band Music." ~ Bruce Eder, All Music Guide

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8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

some songs of the "but two came by" not open

15 November, 2006 00:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post again!!!!
Thank you very much!

bobdylan(Frank)

15 November, 2006 08:12  
Blogger vinylhed said...

Outstanding stuff Lizardson.
Cheers mate

15 November, 2006 11:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They are lovely people.
Many Thanks..

- imemine

16 November, 2006 00:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great!you are the best blog.many thanks!

22 April, 2007 22:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But Two Came By is an album I have wanted to hear for YEARS! Could you repost this gem?

many thanks from Canada

14 November, 2008 01:18  
Anonymous xij64 said...

Hi
Any chance of reposting these gems
Many thanks and regards
xij64

07 February, 2009 23:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi!
Please repost "But Two Came By".
Many thanks from Yokohama.

02 October, 2010 15:50  

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