Sunday, February 05, 2006

Allright!! It's Folk Music Week here at Toter Allee.

The New Lost City Ramblers - The Early Years 1958 - 1962

The New Lost City Ramblers came out of the 'Folk Revival' movement of the late 50's, and became one of the most important and influential groups in the revival of American traditional music. During a remarkably prolific period in the 50s and 60s, the Ramblers produced a series of recordings on the Folkways label that provided the source material for many a budding folkie's repertoire, a veritable encyclopedia of blues, ballads and bluegrass breakdowns, songs of love, humor and of labor. This compilation has 26 tracks, and should be heard by anyone interested at all in Americana or old-time music. These guys were fantastic musicians and their versions of this old material from the 20's and 30's are incredible.

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The New Lost City Ramblers - Out Standing In Their Field 1963 - 1973

Volume two of this set of compilations from recordings made on the Folkways label. 27 tracks. This really is some great stuff.



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Frank Tovey & The Pyros - Grand Union 1991

"1991's Grand Union should by rights be lauded as a masterpiece of alternative rock, however Frank Tovey's reclusive persona ensured that this overlooked gem has slipped through the net. Produced with PK (Paul Kendall), the album is both musically and lyrically enveloping. Something of a 'concept' album, Grand Union is ostensibly a collection of folk / ur-rock / hill-billy / country tracks accompanied by Tovey's East End stories of the old, the new and the salient. There are many themes here, but one gets the impression that Tovey's re-developing East End, with Canary Wharf's landscape-altering construction in full swing, invoked in him some sort of passion to head back in time and preserve the dirty Docklands spleandour of old in song.

At times melancholy (the WW2-recounting tale on 'Bethnal Green Tube Disaster'), at others joyful in a ramshackle fashion (the opener 'Bad Day In Bow Creek'), the album is largely subtle and blissfully easy on the ear. Semi-acoustic guitars, banjos and clever percussion evoke all manner of moods, and when they head into indie-rock territory, as on the Morrissey-esque 'Cities Of The Vain', The Pyros (Paul Rodden and John Cutliffe) more than prove their adaptability around Tovey's poetic lyrics.

It is actually quite fantastic to hear just how well some primitive music forms lend themselves so well to Tovey's Cockney vocals. His vocal is somewhere between Wreckless Eric and James' Tim Booth, both folk and punk at the same time. His hero-worship of the great pioneering British engineer Isembard Kingdom Brunel on 'IKB (RIP)' is one of this album's many high points, a time-travelling trip that leaves the grey towerblock-dominated modern London skylines far behind to witness at first hand the master engineer's many achievements. And while we're on the subject of masterful achievements, Paul Kendall's excellent productions deserve a special mention. Best known for his electronic production for many Mute artists, PK brings a depth and precision to these tracks, using occasional effects with considerable restraint, but pushing the rhythm high up in the mix in an echo of his work with Nitzer Ebb.

I could go on forever about Grand Union, and I continue to be impressed by the quality of songwriting, playing and production on display here. Intensely captivating and wonderfully unique, it is difficult to hear it without feeling some great sadness over the fact that the erstwhile Fad Gadget is no longer with us. A truly emotive gem, filled with grief, joy and a yearning for simpler times." (review from the internet)

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Gene Clark & Carla Olson - So Rebellious A Lover (1987)

This is a wonderful duet album between ex-Byrd Gene Clark and ex-Textone Carla Olson. The many highlights include Clark's haunting "Gypsy Rider" and his interpretation of the Flying Burrito Brothers' "Hot Burrito # 1". I think Clark's version of "Hot Burrito" equals the Burritos. I also enjoyed the cover of John Fogerty's "Almost Saturday Night" by the duo. It's not something I would think Clark would cover, but it works. Olson also contributes fine numbers such as "The Drifter" and "Every Angel in Heaven." Overall, just a great album for folk, folk-rock, and country fans. Even the bonus tracks are great, including their fantastic cover of Phil Ochs' "Changes" and several demos cut to get a record deal. Sadly, Clark passed away before another album could be made. Fans of Clark and the Byrds shouldn't miss this! (Amazon.com)

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Mary McCaslin & Jim Ringer - The Bramble And The Rose (1978)

Before there was Nanci Griffith, Iris Dement or Gillian Welch, there was Mary McCaslin. Her rich, pure voice could fill a room, backed only by her open-D tuned guitar. Jim Ringer was a folksinger who had known hard times, and even done a little hard time. He had been a prizefighter as a younger man, and worked the fields of California while growing up. His family passed along a rich catalog of traditional American music. This late-'70's recording was the only duet album by these musical partners. On many tracks, they're accompanied by a full band, including, among others, fiddler Jay Ungar. Tunes include "Geronimo's Cadillac," "Canaan's Land", "Rank Stranger"and others - to hear them harmonize on "Oh Death" can be chilling. Mary McCaslin and Jim Ringer were an unlikely combination in any number of ways. But somehow, through their years of touring and through this recording, they managed to set the standard for contemporary male/female folk duos. Together, their voices -- Mary's high and lilting, Jim's darker and rougher -- covered the wide terrain of American folk song in a thoroughly compelling way. The Bramble and the Rose stands as a fitting testament to their unique partnership.

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Gabby Pahinui - The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band Vol. 1 (1975)

The most influential slack key guitarist in history was Philip "Gabby" Pahinui (1921-1980). The modern slack key period began around 1946, when Gabby made his first recording. Gabby was the prime influence for keeping slack key guitar from dying out in the Islands. His prolific and unique techniques led to the guitar becoming more recognized as a solo instrument. He expanded the boundaries of slack key guitar by creating a fully-evolved solo guitar style capable of creatively interpreting a wide variety of Hawaiian traditional and popular standards, original pieces and even pieces from other cultures. Gabby's beautiful, expressive vocals, especially his incredibly soulful falsetto, have also inspired many musicians. The Gabby Pahinui Hawaiian Band of the 1970's is a good example of the complex sound that slack key can achieve with multiple guitars. Along with Gabby, this band featured the late great slack key guitarists Leland "Atta" Isaacs, Sr., Sonny Chillingworth,and Gabby's sons, Cyril and Bla Pahinui. On the band's recordings, each guitarist usually played in a different C tuning (and Bla and Cyril played in D tunings tuned down to the key of C), providing a thick, multi-textured sound. The involvement of Ry Cooder, who plays on four of the songs, helped this album to reach a wider audience that it normally would have, and it is considered to be one of the best Hawaiian albums of all time.

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Tom Rush - Tom Rush (1970)

No one is a more masterful or powerful interpreter of other artists' music than Tom Rush. In this album he showcases these talents to advantage from the opening bars of his signature "Driving Wheel" to "Drop Down Mama" to the subtly ironic "Living In The Country". He is at his best with songs like Jackson's Browne's "These Days" or "Colors Of The Sun". Rush has a voice and guitar style that's distinct, well developed, and always used to performing advantage. Trevor Veitch, a wonderful acoustic and electric guitarist, backs him here and the arrangements help to make this a classic folk album.

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Jo-Ann Kelly - Jo-Ann Kelly (1969)

She looked like she might have been a librarian or something, but she was Queen Of The British Blues. What a voice she had, what a great talent she possessed. Her prowess as a guitarist was amazing, favoring an acoustic delta blues style over the electric blues that was popular at the time, her bottleneck style playing was raw and yet flawless. I had this playing on the stereo once when a friend came over, and he absolutely thought I was pulling his leg when I told him that it was a young white woman singing and playing, and not some grizzled old black guy. If you like country blues at all you need this one!

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Shirley Collins & The Albion Country Band - No Roses (1971)

Following the trail forged by Fairport Convention's "Liege And Lief", The Albion Country Band were formed by bassist Ashley Hutchings, who had previously served time in both Fairport Convention and Steeleye Span, and they stand at the apex of the UK's electric folk sound. At the dawn of the 70's he married the singer Shirley Collins, the most important and emotionally powerful vocalist to come out of the new folk revival. The cast is a veritable who' s-who of left-field UK musicians, featuring the likes of Richard Thompson, Simon Nicol, Dave Mattacks, The Watersons, Maddy Prior and even free-saxophonist Lol Coxhill. Here Hutchings was at his most inspired and ambitious, often cutting up tracks with field recordings of doomy churchbells and wheels crunching gravel but above all there's a lightness of touch, a grace to the playing that belies the fact that its basic aesthetic is heavy, rock-charged group interaction. "Poor Murdered Woman" swings beautifully through a series of lightly crunching plateaus thanks to Richard Thompson's stellar guitar work, as Shirley relays a sad account of the discovery of a woman's body on Leatherhead Common but it's "Banks Of The Bann" that's the real jewel. An Irish tale of unrequited love between a pauper and a woman "above his degree", it's a beautiful performance, upsetting in its stately simplicity and with a rhythm that can only be described as tidal.

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Fotheringay - Fotheringay (1970)

In 1970, Sandy Denny quit Fairport Convention to form Fotheringay with then-boyfriend Trevor Lucas. The group recorded this outstanding album but disbanded in less than a year due to little commercial success, despite the fact that Sandy was at the peak of her popularity. Looking back at the records that were released in 1970, it's easy to see how a great album like this could be buried! Very much in the mold of Fairport/Steeleye Span, this is a sterling example of English electric folk, and captures Denny's vocals at their best. Highlight, for me, is their stunning version of the traditional, anti-war, song "The Banks Of The Nile".

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Parzival - Barock (1972)

Along with Ougenweide, Parzival were one of the few German bands to follow in the steps of British groups like Gryphon and use medieval folklore as the basis for their refined progressive music. The nucleus of the group was the trio Lothar Siems, Walter Quintus and Thomas Oliver. Siems and Oliver had played together since 1965 in the Bremen group The Chamberlains, before joining the Quintus Ouartet. Their repertoire comprised increasingly folky styles. In 1971 they took the name Parzival and obtained a recording contract with Telefunken. Legend (1971) was a fine album of lyrical, electric folk-rock with much use of flute, violin and acoustic guitars. Unlike Ougenweide, Parzival sang in English and lacked the German distinction of the folk-rock bands on the Pilz label. Like Pell Mell, Parzival also incorporated classical music, but not in a pompous large scale manner. Technically they enjoyed the steady support of producer Konrad Plank.

Their second and sadly last album Barock emerged at the beginning of 1973. The group had expanded with the addition of cellist Walter v. Seydlitz and helped by Muller-Menckens and Harald Konietzko (bass, vocals). This was similar to their first album, although in parts closer to rock than Legend. Parzival's legacy is to have recorded two of the best German folk-rock albums which avoided the trappings of over-ambition. Most of their songs were short, melodic, charming and beautiful.

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Planxty - Planxty (1973)

Couldn't have folk week without at least one Irish album! Christy Moore. Donal Lunny. Andy Irvine. Liam O'Flynn. This is their first album as Planxty and it is possibly the best album of traditional Irish music ever - these guys were Ireland's first supergroup. Mixing traditional reels and tunes with latter-day compositions, the music is authentic and passionate, the songs are alternately rousing ("Follow Me Up To Carlow") and touching ("West Coast of Claire") The musicianship is impeccable, the production is first-rate. This CD is the standard by which all other music of the same style should be judged. It's everything anybody could want.

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Well there you have it. There's enough different styles of folky stuff that everybody should find something to download! Next week it's back to normal with some psych/prog/kraut music. Well maybe some hard rock too! See you then.

47 Comments:

Anonymous Mookie said...

You always do a great job, Thanks for introducing me to blogs in the 1st place.

9:03 PM, February 05, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

hey mookie!!

9:36 PM, February 05, 2006  
Blogger Xtabay said...

Folk music is one of my secret loves and there's loads here I'll be downloading- thanks again

11:16 PM, February 05, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Glad to hear it xtabay! Hey I've heard of that Janco Nilovic before, I think I'll get it - thanks!

5:10 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger StrengthofStrings said...

Hey great collection especially the Gene Clark. I'm a gigantic Clark fan and regard him as probably the most under-rated American songwriter of the last 40 years. People unfamiliar with him should check out his solo post Byrds stuff and particulary the Dillard and Clark reissue which is probably the greatest country rock album ever issued. His album 'No Other' is another one of the great lost classic. A mix of psychedelia, Folk, Country rock and even a touch of Funk. There's nothing really else like it I've ever heard, or at least nothing like it that was pulled off as successfully as Gene did. I've got a CD copy of the long out of print Gene Clark album 'Two Sides to Every story' which is really under-rated and could make it available for post here is you so wish.

Also thanks for the Fotheringray album. I have some tracks from it from the 2CD Sandy Denny anthology and they are phenomenal. I look forward to listening to the whole album.

5:30 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Man am I excited by this stuff. My problem is when will I have enough time to obtain/listen to it all. I'll sure I'll figure something out, it will be worth the effort.

Many thanks,
Deep River

7:15 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for this excellent post. In particular you offer to me the opportunity of hearing for the first time the Shirley Collins album and Parzival, who I've known only on the wings of fame.
I think the american artists may be even more interesting.

I suspect that I will visit your blog frequently

Camillo

7:17 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting Planxty. I remember it from the 70's as a touchstone of what acoustic folk could be!

7:49 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super, Folk: it's the best! Perhaps more ... :-) ?

9:30 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger me said...

hey CarG, fotheringay was in my reward list, now ill point the people to you,

do you want the second Gabby Album?
i heve a few more

allthe best

9:46 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey, thanks for all this wonderful music! i just found your blog today and I am blown away. thank you thank you thank you!!!

and since you asked about deleted posts, i thought i'd let you know that "Amon Duul II: Yeti" was deleted. i'd love to hear it whenever you can re-load it. it was the first one i tried to download. ha!

thanks again, you rule!

10:55 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for great folk links.
I am looking for a psych/folk album called "Oriental Sunshine" (from 1971 or so) that I was hoping you might have in your large and diverse collection.

Thanks!

Herb

11:00 AM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger Eddie Riff said...

Outstanding stuff, as always. I've been hot for that Jo Ann Kelly since it got lost in one of my many moves back in the 70's! In case you're interested, I just posted Leo Kottke's long OOP LP, "12 String Blues" at my new blog. Thanks!
http://riffingeddie.blogspot.com/

11:01 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also deleted:

Krokodil - Solo Düde Dürst (1971)
and the Brave New World Album

would be nice to hear, but oh man, there's enough to keep us busy for a long while! thanks for your radical work!

11:08 AM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

WOWzer, Batman! An old hippie folkies bonanza! many thanks .... esp. for the McCaslin and Fotheringay - both of which i lost a bit back ....

2:22 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger dweller said...

I have a few of these on vinyl, great selection.
Gene Clark and Carla also did a live cd around this time which is well worth tracking down.

3:48 PM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, sorry for my english,
Thank you for this excellent post. In particular you offer to me the opportunity of hearing for the first time the Shirley Collins album, really great.
I Love Folk Music, like Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span and many others.
Thanks for your kind person.
Best wishes from Brazil,
Hmenonprog

3:48 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

"and since you asked about deleted posts, i thought i'd let you know that "Amon Duul II: Yeti" was deleted
also deleted:

Krokodil - Solo Düde Dürst (1971)
and the Brave New World Album"

Re-uploading these and two others from the same post - new links will be up this evening

6:26 PM, February 06, 2006  
Blogger StrengthofStrings said...

Can someone answer me a question about rapidshare and rar files. Why are there usually duplicated track when you unzip albums that have to different rapidshare links? I can quite figure it out.

6:32 PM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks friend! I just tried to rip my NLCR folkways CDs the other day, but got error messages...it is like you were reading my mind.

10:22 PM, February 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks man for these albums,this is great choice...
Doctor

2:47 AM, February 07, 2006  
Anonymous Brakhage said...

Fantastic blog! The Brave New World was excellent.

Any chance of the Canobits (Can rareties) collection being posted? I'm having a hell of a time tracking that one down.

2:14 PM, February 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say thank you so much for turning me on to SO MANY great records, mostly unknown to me before. I've been a big fan since you started posting last summer, and you're blog has become my reason for waking up on monday...
Last weeks posts were top notch, and I look forward tonext weeks return to the psych/prog/krautrock theme. Speaking of, I'd LOVE to hear some more Embryo and Amon Duul 2 (I've never heard Tanz der Lemminge, Disaster or Collapsing/Singvögel Rückwärts & Co.) and I would absolutley FREAK OUT if you posted some MAGMA (especially Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh and Kohntarkosz), I have heard so much sbout them and have never had the opportunity to actually HEAR them.
Thanks again and keep up the good work.
-sleeping&breathing

10:15 PM, February 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What a great bunch of folk stuff. I also have a request - Love Sculpture _Forms and Feelings_ (A Dave Edmunds project) from around 1970. Would love to have that one.

6:27 AM, February 08, 2006  
Blogger Madame Candyman said...

Nice change of pace.

8:45 AM, February 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

another treasure trove. fantastic.

2:50 PM, February 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

more foly weeks! if ya could ... thanx ...

5:29 PM, February 08, 2006  
Blogger Mike Hargis said...

Garcolga, I gotta tell ya, you've created one of the finest download sites on the web. Several years ago, I created what was to become one of the first of this type of endeavor on the www. It warms my heart to see how far it has come. Through the amazing efforts of yourself, and xtabay, and chrisgoes (and many others), and the utilization of the mind-blowing technology that is available now, the Art of sharing music freely online, as well as being able to discuss it with kindred spirits has evolved far beyond what I could have imagined back in 2000. I have retired from running a music site now, but clearly the future looks bright for the free exchange of art and information.
Also, great call on Fotheringay. That album, along with Mellow Candle's "Swaddling Songs", are the finest examples of the genre (IMHO).
peace, mikey

5:46 PM, February 08, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Wow - thanks, everybody, for the kind comments!! It means a lot.

Mellow Candle, eh? Maybe next Folk Week!

7:29 PM, February 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ditto on the Magma! Magma!

11:54 PM, February 08, 2006  
Blogger Mike D said...

great stuff - thanks a million!

2:30 AM, February 09, 2006  
Anonymous loopy c said...

Concerning Magma, if you really want the 'experience, Aquarius records has a great DVD of them (Theusz Hamtaahk: Trilogie au Trianon), well shot, great sound. A great part of experiencing Magma is to see Christian Vander steer this Wagnerian ensemble through a marathon set.

http://www.aquariusrecords.org/cat/dvdvideofilm3.html

7:18 AM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

http://musicforyoureyes.blogspot.com/
has a video of them doing an unreleased song in a clip from a french film.

7:20 AM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger 3Y3B4LL said...

Hi there Garcolga. I've added your blog to my links as yours is one of the best on the www. If possible could you add my site to your blog's links too. Thanks in advance, also for all your mega great postings.

3y3b4ll
The Music Time Machine ( http://members.chello.nl/a.segveld/ )

8:28 AM, February 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Mellow Candle record was posted a while back on http://chrisgoesrock.blogspot.com/
another really stellar blog. and be sure to check out http://insectandindividual.blogspot.com/
and welcome him to the neighboorhood... I&I has been around since the begining of this year and has posted some seriously KILLER SHIT...
oh, and I need Magma in my life, too.
thanks

8:53 AM, February 09, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

OK OK I get it!!! Magma.

3:25 PM, February 09, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Magma!

8:31 AM, February 10, 2006  
Blogger hmenonprog said...

Hi,
Look for my new blog:
http://agamenonprogrock.blogspot.com
I upload some rare gems.
Next uploads:
Indigo - Meer der Zeit
Indigo - Herbstwind
Kreuzweg - Kreuzweg
Thanks in advanced,
Hmenonprog
Sorry for my bad english.

6:32 PM, February 10, 2006  
Anonymous loopy c said...

Cool, thanks for the link hmenonprog, and thanks for the video link GarColga.

Let me know if there is any particular Magma needed, I have quite a few, the only real gap in my own library is the old (original?) double live, the CD kept going out of print (on Tomato I think) and my album copy is somewhat 'tired'.

btw, I&I is was originally focused on the 'infamous' Nurse With Wound' list, a real treasure for those of us in search of this Holy Grail of obscure arcana.

I have said it before but will say it again, it is a real service that Garcolga and the other great blogs of similar bent provide, this music may be seen by some as simply collectable, but it's original creation was for listening!, it is lucky for us these great blogs are keeping these lost albums alive for the simple love of the music. Thanks all ;-)

11:27 PM, February 11, 2006  
Anonymous ducasse said...

Just wandered into the site and this is fantastic stuff, especially Frank Tovey and the Pyros. I guess it's not the usual type of music offered here, but if it's possible to see any of Tovey's stuff as Fad Gadget, that would be great, as I'd love to hear it.
Thanks so much.

12:04 AM, February 13, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR FOTHERINGAY.

-Cassiopeia

2:18 PM, April 21, 2006  
Anonymous booblikon said...

hotdamn, you were right about this Jo Ann Kelly! i'd swear it was Ma Rainey singing, and believe me i know my Ma Rainey! thanx again for the introduction. i also played some of this Parzival & Shirley Collins on the radio here in Cleveland.

12:25 PM, May 07, 2006  
Anonymous franco said...

Hi,

great site..i'm new. i know i'm late but.... any chance of this Planxty album being dug up again? link no worky.

cheers,

4:11 PM, September 25, 2006  
Blogger GarColga said...

Hi franco - nothing wrong with the link - I just checked it.

4:36 PM, September 25, 2006  
Blogger zeitghost said...

yeah...sorry. Just sorted it there. Cheers for that.

Franco

5:41 AM, September 26, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amazing and terrific material. All of my favourites bands in only one site, but ¿How can I donwload?. The link take me to another page and then.......?. Ricardo from Chile

11:51 AM, October 26, 2006  
Anonymous arbor said...

many thanks for that parzival album!

4:16 PM, February 09, 2008  

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