Sunday, April 15, 2007

Davey Graham

"All That Moody" 1976

After a six-year sabbatical in which he taught music, Davey Graham came out of retirement to release this retrospective of sorts, All That Moody, in 1976. This collection did contain both his most well-known songs, as well as a few personal favorites, but in re-recorded form. Unlike in the past, where this approach had led to some artistically bankrupt releases that tricked the public into buying what they thought were originals, this effort is a bit different. Sure it gave the underappreciated artist some more revenue and added a tidy anthology to a rather skimpy and hard-to-find catalog. But it also allowed Graham to give a decidedly Eastern feel to the majority of the numbers present, whereas this raga-fied approach was merely part of his considerable repertoire in the past. With help from Keshav Sathe and Roger Bunn, Graham effectively and impressively showed why he not only is considered the father of the modern British folk movement, but also a real innovator in bringing world music to a traditionally Western form. And while the remakes don't completely render the originals obsolete, they do give listeners some nice alternative versions. The instrumentals, as usual, work best, as Graham's vocals are not his strongest point. Likewise, the numbers that dabble in blues, jazz, or ragtime, while adding a touch of variety, really don't impress as much as the genre-fusing ones. Rollercoaster Records not only released this lost gem in 1999; they added six additional cuts, making this an item any true folk fan should buy on sight. ~ Brian Downing, All Music Guide


"Playing In Traffic" 1993














01. Jinaco
02. Amalia
03. Joy of My Heart
04. Majuun
05. Aydede
06. Sita Ram
07. Arioso
08. Rain & Snow
09. Kitty's Rambles
10. Bury My Body
11. The Ram in the Thicket
12. Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
13. Buhaina Chant
14. The Preacher
15. Somethin'
16. The King of Denmark's Galliard
17. Guardame Las Vacas
18. Capricho Arabe
19. Hesamalo
20. Jenra
21. Ramkali

10 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was drooling but the files seem to be corrupted. Could you please check 'em

17 April, 2007 12:02  
Anonymous quibus said...

The files were just fine here and it's great to see that my rip of Playing in Traffic is spreading so well

20 April, 2007 22:47  
Anonymous SCION said...

Lizardson - I bow in your general direction!
Thanks!

22 April, 2007 06:57  
Blogger Bird said...

anonymous is right, there's something freaky about these files, man.

07 August, 2007 20:33  
Blogger OV said...

thanks for those rare records.

22 June, 2009 18:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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27 August, 2009 19:04  
Blogger varun said...

im a great fan of davey graham...i think he remains to this date the most under rated artist ever...his blend with eastern music is just mesmerizing...beig an indian i fully appreciate the way davey graham mixes two very rich cultures so well...his music can never die...

29 November, 2009 17:41  
Blogger varun said...

im a great fan of davey graham...i think he remains to this date the most under rated artist ever...his blend with eastern music is just mesmerizing...beig an indian i fully appreciate the way davey graham mixes two very rich cultures so well...his music can never die...

29 November, 2009 17:41  
Blogger varun said...

im a great fan of davey graham...i think he remains to this date the most under rated artist ever...his blend with eastern music is just mesmerizing...beig an indian i fully appreciate the way davey graham mixes two very rich cultures so well...his music can never die...

29 November, 2009 17:42  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happened to the download link?

18 June, 2010 11:38  

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