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100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century

GUEST,noddy 16 Jun 04 - 07:52 AM
Big Al Whittle 15 Jun 04 - 12:19 PM
Once Famous 15 Jun 04 - 11:35 AM
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strongwood 09 Jul 03 - 06:01 AM
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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,noddy
Date: 16 Jun 04 - 07:52 AM

Im surprised it took so long for "A Handfull of Earth" to appear.

Runrig and Cappercaillie seem to be missing as does anything by Dougie McClean and James TAylor. That should please Dougie being mentioned together in the same sentance.

What about Joni Mitchell or does she not count. Lots to chose from there.

The Strawbs lots there as well on offer.

Crosby Stills Nash and Young or is that to main stream like the above.Plus any combination of them.

Someone called Dylan did some good stuff as well But cant remember his first name.I think he has been mentioned though!

The Everly Bros.

Taj Mahal.

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers again lots on offer.

God my brain hurts.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Big Al Whittle
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 12:19 PM

there is no way I could even contemplate such a proposition. I probably hum extracts from over a hundred albums as I'm driving along every day.
and another hundred the next day........not to mention all the singers I'vr heard who never made an album......crazy stuff!


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Once Famous
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 11:35 AM

Two albums that had significant impact were the first two by the Kingston Trio:

* The Kingston Trio    the album that had Tom Dooley sold over a million copies and is credited with starting the whole folk boom.

* The Kingston Trio at Large       this album had the MTA on it, the song that turned many on to what a banjo was. An overall superb second effort by the group that exposed more people and was the entry way into the world of folk music.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,AdamD
Date: 15 Jun 04 - 11:20 AM

Mississipi John Hurt - The Complete 1928 Recordings
Robert Johnson - The Complete
Leadbelly - Last Sessions
Woody Guthrie - Dust Bowl Ballads
Woody Guthrie - Columbia River Songs
Almanac Singers - Talking Union
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin
Bob Dylan - The Freewhelin Bob Dylan
Simon and Garfunkel - Bookends
Bowie and Hutch - The Bedroom Demos
The Pogues - Rum, Sodomy and the Lash
The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: pdq
Date: 15 Jul 03 - 11:00 PM

To whom it may concern, guest of 7/7: 9:50 (et al) is now a real member! As for another pick, the Grateful Dead's American Beauty. No arguement, I'm serious obout that one!


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: fsharpdim7
Date: 10 Jul 03 - 12:45 PM

I didn't go thru the whole thread, but my choice for #1 best- sounding folk cd of all time is Kate Wolf's Poet's Heart. With Kate's words and Nina's playing - wow..... #2 would be Ian and Sylvia's Play One More. #3 - Goodman, Words You Can Dance To. IMHO ---
Chris in Chicago


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 10:54 PM

(guest of 7/7: 9:50 and all others so far)

Stewie: Thanks for the tip. I do have a John Jackson effort on Alligator and know a place that will order any one I want. My post was for PappaGator primarily. A lifetime favorite record is something special, and more of the same man is worth trying.

Lonnie Johnson and Elmer Snowden album of about 1960 is another for Jazz, Blues, Folk and audiophile ears alike. Lonnie plays electric here, Snowden acoustic. Proves the best don't usually sell the most records.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: strongwood
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 06:01 AM

Judy Mayhan's classic traditional folk album "Rockin' The Cradle" has finally been reissued on limited edition CD by Shayomi Productions, which is owned by members of Judy's family. Judy's later LPs "Moments" and "Judy Mayhan" are also now available on CD from Shayomi. The place to find out more is Judy's new website at http://www.judymayhan.com

"Rockin' The Cradle" was nominated way back in this thread as one of the Top 100. It was first released as an LP album on Horizon Records in 1962. Soon after it was reissued on the Everest/Tradition label under the title "Folk Songs of Olde Eire," which they mostly are not. The album has been out of print for decades and has become a rare collectible.

Judy is living in Mendocino County, California, and she autographs each of the Shayomi CDs. She is in poor health, and has been unable to perform since 1986 due to a hearing problem that makes her hypersensitive to sound.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Stewie
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 01:45 AM

Guest, I haven't seen the one you mention, but there is a fine Guy and Wells acoustic album on Alligator: Buddy Guy & Junior Wells 'Alone and Acoustic' Alligator D30709. It was recorded in Paris in 1981.

--Stewie.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 09 Jul 03 - 12:58 AM

I have to add louis Killen to the list. If I had to pick just one of his many recordings for this list, "The Rose In June" may be best representative of his art. To add a sea music recording to the list, MacColl and lloyd's "Whaling Ballads" is, IMHO, their masterpiece. Sadly out of circulation, though.

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 11:01 PM

(guest of 7/7: 9:50 and 2 others)

Even I do not get my last post. I meant: look for another Buddy Guy album. An all-acoustic effort by "Buddy" Guy, "Junior" Wells, and "Junior" Mance. It is called "Buddy and the Juniors". I assume it is good but I cannot find anyone who has seen it. Buddy Guy does great acoustic guitar on "Muddy Waters: Flolksinger", which was reissued in an audiophile-quality CD. A "must -have" for all Blues, Jazz, Folk and Audiophile camps.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Peter T.
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 07:56 PM

Nice to see this thread recurring. I admit that I was promising to compile a master list, but that was in my more obsessive list making days. No one seems to have answered kytrad's long ago question about Minnie Moore.

A few new additions: (1) there are now two volumes of Pete Seeger's American Favourite Ballads (recastings of his original 5) from Smithsonian Folkways which are pretty obviously essential; (2) Judy Collins' first two albums are now available from Wildflower; (3) The Greenbriar Boys "Best of the Vanguard Years" is a good compilation disk.

I am currently fond of a collection called "O Brothers Where Art Thou" of brother, sister, and family acts from the 1930s.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 05:54 PM

(guest of 7/7: 9:50 and one other)

I found a referance to an all-acoustic record called "Buddy and the Juniors" with Guy, Wells and "Buddy" #2 is Mance. Offered good money for it. He said I made it up. I did not. FYI


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: PoppaGator
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 12:51 PM

Best BLUES album ever,IMHO:

Buddy Guy, "A Man and the Blues," Vanguard, appx 1966(?)

This is a rare "solo" recording by Buddy during the years he was teamed with Junior Wells. Actually, it is really a set of duets with pianist Otis Spann, normally a member of Muddy Waters' band, backed with bass, drums (Fred Below), 2d guitar (Wayne Bennet) and, on some numbers, a horn section. There are a couple of nice lively uptempo numbers (notably "Mary Had a Little Lamb"), but what makes this album really special are the deeply spooky slow blues, where the interplay between the two main instrumenalists is simply unbelievable & downright scary.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 11:10 AM

(guest of 7/7: 9:50 posting only)

Janie: If you like Norman Blake's guitar playing you must get "Blackberry Blossom". Rounder put it on CD in 2000. It was the peak of his art. Scary if you are a guitar-slinger wannabe like many out here.

Norman Blake & Rich O'Brien did one for Shanachie called "Be Ready Boys", in 1999. Great! Very folky, great songs, recorded like you are sitting in an old barn watching two master at work!

PS: Find the elephant yet?


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Willie-O
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 09:06 AM

A rather startling omission from the listings thus far:

Stan Rogers "Songs From Fogarty's Cove". I have heard David Woodhead reminisce that the nights they recorded those songs, they felt like they were participating in something really important, and they were: revitalizing Canadian folk music!

Looking at music of the Canadian Atlantic Provinces, there is so much great stuff to choose from in many sub-genres: singer-songwriters like Ron Hynes and Lennie Gallant, bands like Figgy Duff, the Barra McNeils and Rawlins Cross, and the great fiddlers of Cape Breton and PEI. But if I were to pick a "seminal" album, I think it would be

Alan Mills "Folk Songs of Newfoundland". This LP from the 50's contained the core of the Newfoundland repertoire. A few years ago a bunch of contemporary artists from the Rock released a CD of Newfoundland favourites which sounded like a contemporary remake of the Mills album--the songs were the same! As in, Kelligrews Soiree, Tickle Cove Pond, Jack Was Every Inch a Sailor, etc.

For an instrumental album from the region I would have to go with   
Natalie MacMaster "Road to the Isle". Her second recording, made at the tender age of 17. Fifty tunes, this is how a fiddle album should sound. Now re-released as part of a compilation of her first two recordings.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Hrothgar
Date: 08 Jul 03 - 07:07 AM

For Australian stuff - look at the goodies put out by Larrikin in the late 70s and early 80s, such as "A Man of the Earth" and "The Steps of the Dole Office Door," both with a range of artists.

Then throw in Declan Affley's "Rake and a Rambling Man," Harry Robertson's "Whale Chasing Men" (now re-released on CD, I'm very pleased to say), Phyl Lobl's "On My Selection" and "Broadmeadow Thistle," and (just to keep Bob Bolton happy) the Bush Music Club's "Songs from the Shearing Sheds."

And if you want to get up to date, there's Bogle, Judy Small, and John Warner as singer/songwriters, plus heaps of performers.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Janie
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 03:00 PM

Thanks to Nathan from Texas who pm'd with more info on the Jug band LP. It was by the Even Dozen Jug Band, the tape I had was "Jug Band Music & Rags of the South" and had a whole slew of fine musicians.

I don't remember an elephant mentioned on that van Ronk LP--I'll have to go back and listen again.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:50 AM

Dave Van Ronk's "No Dirty Names"? Isn't there something about an elephant in one of the songs?

Ian an Sylvia's complete works is worth the investment. CD #2 has "Northern Journey" and "Early Morning Rain" back to back. Best single CD ever, if you look at it that way. No politics!

Please include Bill Clifton somewhere! His taste in music is unequalled. Nothing out except box set and even he can't afford it!


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Amos
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:45 AM

You gotta include at least one of Frank Warner's collections, and one of Marais and Miranda, and Theo Bikel, who were very influential. The early Weavers is definitely a basic, and I am with PT on "Industrial Ballads", a childhood favorite.

A


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Janie
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 09:10 AM

I am not particularly familiar with a lot of old recordings, and I have a mind like a sieve so alot has slipped through. But here is a stab, in no particular order.

Dave Van Ronk, "No Dirty Names" cuz its classic van Ronk.

Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerard, "Hazel & Alice" wonderful old-time vocal style, beautiful harmonies, and a good mix of traditional songs and their own writing.

John McCutcheon, "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" just because I love it.

Norman Blake, "Whiskey Before Breakfast" great song selection, and of course, his guitar playing.

An album called "Jug Band Music of the South" on which Marie Muldaur sang, mostly back-up. I could not turn up the actual group with a google search. It was a late 60's or early 70's album which I recorded onto cassette from a friend. Would love more info if anybody has it, cuz the tape is long worn out and the friend is long gone.


Gotta go think some more.

Janie


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 07 Jul 03 - 05:32 AM

hey now! howzit? was reading some of the commentaries (i.e. e-mail).
Could not help but notice that not only do you have hateful people
sending messages, but your personal staff (and others) respond ill-
manneredly.You know it's much easier to be enamoured with your own opinion (opinions are like belly buttons - we all have one).
Now,to get down to business. Was wondering if someone could help me - as I am interested in a particular rendition of "let the circle go unbroken". However, this particular take on the above mentioned song
has different lyrics. Something about Mr. Driver and a hurse (yes I know they are called removal cars now, and come in white as well.)
My people are from the south USA, and I've rarely heard that rendition, somehow it's always been a part of me. Can you or someone
else help me w/this part of the puzzle?
Additionally, realizing this is a folk/blues site, still I wonder why I have yet to see Mr. Al green mentioned. Yep, he's considered soul alright. I'll give you that, but he certainly borders it ALL.
If stuck on a small island -hope I'd have Al Green and Bill Monroe
C'd's and a method to play them.
Flowers of fine thoughts to you and of you!

Ms. parker


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: LR Mole
Date: 05 Jan 01 - 10:41 AM

PHIL OCHS, dammit. First four albums anyway, and more gems turning up all the time. Also Richard Farina, for adroitly straddling the archivist/rogue/heatrbreak line so many of us wander.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Tom D.
Date: 05 Jan 01 - 12:07 AM

I'm still partial to "Blues, Rags and Hollers" by Kerner, Ray and Glover. These guys were young then (weren't we all?) You can get the CD on Red Housse records, I believe.

Tom D.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Rich(bodhránai gan ciall)
Date: 04 Jan 01 - 06:45 PM

Arcady "Many Happy Returns"
Carole King "Tapestry"
NGDB "Will The Circle Be Unbroken"
Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill "The Lonesome Touch"
Dick Gaughan "Handful of Earth"
Woody Guthrie "This Land IS Your Land-The Asch? Recordings"
Mary Bergin "Feadóga Stáin"
Joe Craven "Camptown"


Rich


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Peter T.
Date: 04 Jan 01 - 11:14 AM

Thank you guys from "What Used to Be Great Britain But Is Now A Decentralized Federation of Legislatures Linked By A Common Contempt for London". I especially appreciate the sentences of explanation!!!!!
yours, Peter T.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,CraigS
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 10:26 PM

1. Nic Jones Penguins' Eggs 2. The Progressive Blues Experiment Johnny Winter 3. Pink Moon Nick Drake 4. Elephantasia Dave Evans 5. They Call Me Muddy Waters 6. Bix Beiderbecke's greatest hits 7. Django Reinhardt's greatest hits 8. Martin Carthy's greatest hits 9. Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry's greatest hits 10. The Beatles No.1 album


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: kytrad (Jean Ritchie)
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 08:00 PM

What about good old Minnie Moore? She's on every festival I ever attended. Did she ever make a record, though?


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 05:21 PM

OK Peter T,

"Ye Jacobites By Name", by the Johnstones: I feel it is an example of changing styles in Irish music and the influence of Paul Brady (not to mention the superb banjo playing of Mick Maloney).

"Christy Moore" by Christy Moore: I believe Cristy Moore is one of the finest Irish singers and this one happens to be my favourite I have heard of his. Incientally, it was produced by Donal Luny who is quite a force in Irish music.

I guess if I carry on down that route, the Bothy Band and Planxty have to be included too..

Eric Bogle: I will go for the Song Book (1). Eric Bogle is IMO one of the greatest song writers we have had and, at least to me, he seems to be able to put so much power and emotion in few words. This Album happens to open with my favourite of his songs: "A Reason For It All".

Jon


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 03:31 PM

Well, I couldn't name Carter family recordings, but just went back and saw that Peter T. did, early in the thread.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 03:27 PM

Yes, Mark. So many countries, so many genres, styles, it's hard to make an objective list. English music alone would account for a huge list, as would the U.S., Ireland, etc. Are we comparing apples and oranges with such a list? Maybe, but maybe it's possible to pick out the greatest, most influential recordings, taking all that into account. As with others, I come up with more artists than can fit into one list. Don't know how I left Dick Gaughan's "Handful Of Earth" off my list. In trying to sort out essential recordings from just personal favorites, it would be necessary to go into types of music one normally doesn't listen to, but with an awareness that a particular recording was highly influential. I don't listen to alot of country music, and couldn't name a particular Carter family collection, or a Bill Monroe record, but am aware that they were pioneers in country and bluegrass music, respectively. I would guess that there were particular recordings by those artists that were very influential.

-chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,Mark. West Sussex. UK
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 02:57 PM

From the look of the replies so far you have well and truly opened up the transatlantic divide. The trouble is that on this side of the pond "Folk" is a tradition traced back at least a thousand years so by the time we've covered that we've used the 100 without really bothering with the last century. Maybe best 100 Folk and best 100 blues would sort out the truffles from the caviare. And anyway, what about Sandy Denny, Dick Gaughan, Nic Jones, Jo Ann Kelly, Maria Barton, The McCalmans, Planxty, oh heck, now you've got ME going...


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Melani
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 01:53 PM

"Andy Irvine & Paul Brady"


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Peter T.
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 11:55 AM

More suggestions? I still intend to compile this list shortly -- there is almost enough to even get a popularity rating out of it -- and at last there are some Aussie suggestions (a big hole in my knowledge). What would be nice is if people would describe the albums they pick in a sentence or two!!! What is on it, and why is it so influential/great?

yours, Peter T.
P.S. I discovered that Acoustic Guitar magazine had an article in September 1996 of 100 best CDs by category -- Some overlaps, but NO ONE MENTIONED ELIZABETH COTTEN BEFORE!!!(I mean, was that a close call or what?)
the 10 FOLK albums --

1. Joan Baez, Vol. 2 (Vanguard)
2. Ry Cooder, Boomer's Story (Reprise)
3. Elizabeth Cotten, Freight Train and other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes (Smithsonian/Folkways)
4. Rev. Gary Davis, Pure Religion and Bad Company (Smithsonian/Folkways)
5. Woody Guthrie, Dust Bowl Ballads (Rounder)
6. Ian and Sylvia, Four Strong Winds (Vanguard)
7. Peter, Paul, and MAry, In the Wind (Warner Bros.)
8. Harvey Reid, Steel Drivin' Man (Woodpecker)
9. Various artists, The Prestige/Folkore Years, Vol. 1 (dist. by Fantasy)
10. The Weavers, The Weavers at Carnegie Hall (1988).


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 11:03 AM

Wow. I look at the list I made back then, and if I was making it now, it would be about 60% different. Guess it depends on the time of day and your particular mood. I sure add Sister Rosetta Tharpe to that list. Also Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's Place.

R


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: SINSULL
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 10:59 AM

The Dillards would have to be in there. And to satisfy Matt - Oasis.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 10:38 AM

There is a great deal of grand stuff listed here..I will list my ten favourite Canadian releases

Ian and Sylvia..Northern Journey. Bruce Cockburn..Circles in The Stream (many of his early albums are equally good]Joni Mitchell...Blue. All of Figgy Duff's Records..and all of Mary Jane Lammond...Laura Smith..Vanity Presses. Buddy Macmaster...truly magficicent music...and truly folk. Natalie Macmasters record, My Roots are Showing.Many of Ian Tysons coyboy records. And for influence over the years, In Canada at least..Edith Butler and Alan Mills.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Midchuck
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 09:15 AM

Okay: My purely personal favorites over 40+ years:

Joan Baez - first Vanguard album (self-titled) Doc Watson - ditto Ian & Sylvia - Four Strong Winds Ian & Sylvia - Northern Journey Ian Tyson - Cowboyography Tom Russell - The Long Way Around Tom Russell - Song of the West Tom Russell - The Man From God Knows Where Tim O'Brien - The Crossing Flatt and Scruggs w/Doc Watson - Strictly Instrumental

Subject to change next week.

Peter.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,Gary in Fredericksburg
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 09:08 AM

Norman Blake's Back in Sulphur Springs Doc Watson and Clarence Ashleys collaboration Mississippi John Hurt's Okeh recordings Pete Seeger's God Bless the Grass, Dangerous Songs and Labor and Industrial Ballads The Essential Doc Watson Anything by Woody Guthrie and most early Dylan Im not a Bill Monroe fan per se but since this is folk and Bluegrass then someone else can pick which of his records are most representative.


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: rube1
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 07:52 AM

good luck finding it: TRUE STORY OF DIXIE-ABNER JAY

Earl Scruggs Revue-Anniversary Special


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Chris/Darwin
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 07:13 AM

Am I allowed another 10??

Any Sirocco (a wonderful classically trained Australian folk group that palys a huge range of world folk music)
Any early Judy Small (check out Mothers, Daughters, Wives)
Any Bernard Carney albums
Martin Whyndam-Read's Australian albums
Away from Australia again:
Any Planxty
"Touchstone" - the new land
Solas - e.g., "Sunny Spells..."
Any Alan Stivell album
Early Judy Collins
The Chieftans
Ralph McTell

Oops! I've run out again!

Chris


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 06:34 AM

Yes, far too many.

Jon
(wishing he had given Eric Bogle a mention for one...)


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST,Chris/Darwin
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 06:23 AM

I agree with at least 50 of the suggestions above. Some of the best Australian albums would be:

Dave deHugard - Freedom on the Wallaby (essential)
Just about anything by the Larrikins - e.g., "The Larrikin Sessions" (essential)
Anything by Eric Bogle (e.g., "Songbook" - essential if you don't have any of his other albums)
Anything by the Bushwackers - particularly their early stuff before they got into folk/rock
Flying Emus - e.g., "This Town" - great Aussie bluegrass
Ted Simpson - one album of tall stories - "Piddling Pete and the Crosseyed Bull" - essential if you can find it!
Anything by the Backsliders - e.g., "Poverty Deluxe"
Anything by Tiddas - a great indigenous female group
Graeme Connors early albums

Other albums I like include most of Kristina Olsen's - e.g., "Duet" with cellist Peter Grayling - wonderful
Nancy Kerr & James Fagan "Steely Water"
Bandoggs
"Deep Lancashire"
Mary Chapin Carpenter "Stones in the Road" I am surprised nobody nominated Utah Phillips - just about anything!

There are so many choices, aren't there!!

Oh well.

ChrisP


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Jon Freeman
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 04:46 AM

I would say that my most played tape is "The Irish Concertina" by Noel Hill and is an excellent example of that style of Anglo playing at its best.

A couple more I would suggest are "Ye Jacobites By Name" (which I believe is also sold as "The Barleycorn") by the Johnstones and a record by Christy Moore that is called "Christy Moore" - I believe it is also known as the "black record" or something like that.

Jon


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Seth
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 04:16 AM

I'm 7000 miles away from my collection , so I'll have to draw on what I really like and have played many, many times: Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads, Folkways LP;Muddy Waters: Real Folk Blues, Chess LP; The Blues Box: Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee, Lightin'Hopkins 4 record boxed set, Folkways LP; Johnny Cash: His Hot and BLue Guitar; Sun LP; Champion Jack Dupree: Blues from the Gutter:Atlantic Lp; Ray Charles at Newport:Atlantic Lp; The Mendoza Sisters? on Arhoolie LP; Violetta Parra: Gracias a la Vida; Chilean RCA lp, Bob Dylan: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, Columbia Lp in mono; Pete Seeger: Playing the Five String Banjo LP on unknown label; Flatt and Scruggs: Songs of the Carter Family on Columbia Lp.

But if I actually had to pull the records out and look at them, I'd never get done.... Seth from China


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 02:01 AM

"The Bothy Band: 1975." One of the great recordings of Irish music, and very influential.

"Noel Hill and Tony Linnane." Another classic recording of trad. Irish music.

Second Bill D.'s inclusion of the School Of Scottish Studies recordings of source singers and instrumentalists. Over 40 years of field collecting went into this project.

"Pete Seeger, At The Village Gate: Vol. I." It captures the energy of his live performance, his rapport with his audiences, and he was in great form. Much better than volume II, in my opinion.

"Leadbelly: The Midnight Special, with the Golden Gate Quartet." RCA Victor Vintage Series LP reissue.

"Tommy Peoples: An Exciting Session With One Of Ireland's Leading Traditional Fiddlers." Incredible. His earliest, and his most powerful. One of the greatest fiddlers ever. Sadly out of print. Comhaltas label.

There's so much - Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Bill Monroe - so many genres, so many influential recordings.

-chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Mark Clark
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 01:03 AM

Several folks mentioned Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee, who certainly should be included, but I think the little Folkways 10" record with Brownie by himself remains one of the most satisfying and soulful recordings of country blues I've ever heard.

I can only add another voice to one of Rick's picks, "The Weavers At Carnegie Hall." Certainly one of the greatest recordings in any genre.

And speaking of little Folkways 10" records, no one mentioned Cisco Houston's recording of railroad and hobo songs. If you've never heard that one, you've missed a lot. Come to think of it, no one mentioned Cisco at all until now.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: Bill D
Date: 03 Jan 01 - 12:28 AM

no one published anything in the last year to make me change my mind....and I could easily find 100 good albums in this list to keep me listening for a long time...

Hey! Let's all meet at my house and take turns playing selections from these till we drop!...Bring beer and cookies!


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Jan 01 - 09:53 PM

Folk Legacy..'nuff said


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Subject: RE: 100 Top Folk/Blue Albums of the Century
From: catspaw49
Date: 02 Jan 01 - 09:26 PM

Frankly, I still hate these things as much as I did then, but I'm waiting for PT's composite list to come out so that I can trash it. I might not HAVE an opinion, but I'll be glad to crap on yours!(:<))

Spaw


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