What our staff has to say: “Perfect fall bummer record.” – Cleo
Folk, Blues & Beyond was first released on Decca Records in 1965, and is one of the most important recordings from the 1960s folk revival. Davy Graham was a UK guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and serviceable-to-perfunctory vocalist, setting standards for succeeding generations. Graham was the first guitarist to emerge from Britain whose work combined stylistic elements from Julian Bream, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ali Akbar Khan, Leadbelly, Joe Pass, Segovia and others too numerous to name. John Martyn described him as his “absolute hero” in a Guitar Player interview in 1975. Of Scottish and Guyanese parents, he came to personify musical adventure, his adoption of non-standard guitar tunings, most notably D-A- D-G-A-D, arguably his most important legacy. His uniqueness became, directly or indirectly, a model for Martin Carthy, Bert Jansch, Wizz Jones and later musicians as diverse as Martin Simpson and J]aso[rgen W. Lang. “Covers of traditional folk standards like ‘Black Is the Colour Of My True Love’s Hair’ and ‘Seven Gypsies’ combine with interpretations of compositions by Bob Dylan (‘Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright’), Willie Dixon (‘My Babe’), Charles Mingus (‘Better Git in Your Soul’), and Reverend Gary Davis (‘Cocaine’) for an eclecticism of repertoire that wasn’t matched by many musicians of any sort in the mid-’60s.” –Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide. This release has been carefully remastered, with restored original artwork. Also added are five very rare bonus tracks, new sleeve-notes and previously-unpublished photographs.