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Review of Brother Sinner & the Whale - Kelly Joe Phelps by 2mennycds

Advantages: Minimal arrangements, upbeat and more plaintive songs, soulful guitar
Disadvantages: Minimal sleeve notes

Soon after seeing TV footage of Kelly Joe Phelps playing at the Cambridge Folk Festival years ago, I bought his debut album, the great “Lead Me On.” I’ve reviewed that album here. In my opinion that album hasn’t been beaten, which isn’t so much a critici ... Read review

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E! by raspberry_ripple
Enthusiastically reviewed by jo-1976
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14.01.2017 09:15
The songbird is no more but her voice endures...
Review of Songbird - Eva Cassidy by 2mennycds

Advantages: Gorgeous natural singing, eclectic, great arrangments
Disadvantages: None whatosever!

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great by jb0077

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Soulful Poetry....
by newty1977
a beautiful songbird
by lynxwomanfree
The one and only
by charlie_bucket
exceptional

26.10.2016 07:08
(26.10.2016 17:34)
Music from across the world, and a one-man orchestra
Review of Lumiere - Bob Brozman by 2mennycds

Advantages: Eclectic, different but accessible
Disadvantages: Some tracks will have less appeal for some listeners

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Very well reviewed. by torr
E! :) by eve6kicksass
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10.10.2016 05:48
"18 of the most important tracks in... country blues"
Review of Complete 1931 Recordings in Chronological Order - Skip James by 2mennycds

Advantages: Innovative, unique, haunting
Disadvantages: Falsetto singing and variable sound quality - less accessible

A big part of my fascination for acoustic steel-strung guitar is the range of sounds that a purely acoustic instrument can produce, and the techniques used to achieve them. There’s no denying that 1920s and 1930s America was a true golden era of the i ... Read review

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13.04.2016 07:47
"He would give her 94 dollars, she would give me 93.."
Review of Hard Time Blues - Scrapper Blackwell by 2mennycds

Advantages: Accessible simply arranged vintage blues, innovative for its time
Disadvantages: Genre not to all tastes

The recordings on this CD mark something of a milestone in blues guitar and in rock and pop guitar, too. In the 1920s and 1930s, blues guitar was very much chord-based. Chords – groups of three or four notes – were either strummed or their component notes ... Read review

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Thoroughly reviewed. by IzzyS
excellent by stacey2911
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11.04.2016 05:36
(11.04.2016 05:53)
A modern tribute to the old "bluesmen"
Review of Booker's Guitar - Eric Bibb by 2mennycds

Advantages: Pleasant voice, adept guitar, thought provoking songs
Disadvantages: Blues - not to all tastes

This album has an intriguing story behind it that is outlined in the sleeve notes. After a concert in the UK, a fan approached Eric Bibb as he was signing CDs. He offered to show Eric the guitar that had once belonged to the legendary 1930s bluesman Book ... Read review

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Excellent! by CelticSoulSister
vh x by littleowlski
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05.04.2016 06:24
The Ragtime Reverend
Review of From Blues to Gospel - Rev. Gary Davis by 2mennycds

Advantages: Brilliant guitar, raw energy
Disadvantages: Vocals gruff and a little rough

I first encountered Rev Gary Davis’ name in guitar tuition books in the early 1980s. I bought a vinyl album containing some of his 1960s recordings (some of which feature on this CD) and, although I didn’t like all of them, others blew me away. I have a ... Read review

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Interesting as always by hiker
Gotta hear this - I often find Stefan and the Rev's name used synonymously. E - as always. by mikemelmak
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17.03.2016 08:59
Happy blues?
Review of Last Sessions - Mississippi John Hurt by 2mennycds

Advantages: Gentle singing, nimble guitar playing, charming, delightful
Disadvantages: Not his best performance or material

The American “folk” revival of the late 1950s/early 1960s included a resurgence of interest in some of the black acoustic blues players who had recorded in the 1920s and 1930s. Some of the greats were tracked down, and their music inspired a whole new ge ... Read review

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Thorough review. by IzzyS
Great x by justarube
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11.03.2016 07:33
Thirteen "Mo'" shades of blues?
Review of Keb' Mo' - Keb' Mo' by 2mennycds

Advantages: Varied tempos and moods, catchy, great instrumentation and singing
Disadvantages: A couple of weaker tracks?

This album was “Keb Mo’s” debut album under that name. Lovers of the English language may unfortunately be alienated right away as I disclose that this is a “street-talk” version of his real name, Kevin Moore! Let’s not be too hasty, though... This album ... Read review

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I love him! Brill review. by CelticSoulSister
Excellent - and yet another artist I've never heard of. by hiker
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03.02.2016 06:39
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Your blues will be gone with this
Review of Gone Woman Blues - Rory Block by 2mennycds

Advantages: Authentic but not slavishly copied
Disadvantages: None - but it's blues, so not to all tastes

Rory Block From its beginnings, blues music has largely been a male-dominated genre. This is still the case today. Rory (Aurora) Block is a breath of fresh air. She can play acoustic blues guitar alongside the best and can sing blues convincingly, to ... Read review

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Excellent review. =) by CoffeeQueen68
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27.12.2015 12:50
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Great CD, Mann!
Review of Stairwell Serenade - Woody Mann by 2mennycds

Advantages: Adept playing, varied genres
Disadvantages: Varied genres may not be to all tastes

The Mann (sorry, couldn’t resist!) Here’s a fascinating acoustic guitar album. I say fascinating because of its variety of material. Woody Mann is a fingerstyle acoustic guitar player with deep roots in blues, but with influences and interests well b ... Read review

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Great review by GeorgieH1994
E :) by xd-o-n-z-x
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21.12.2015 06:39
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A "Ton" of great ragtime guitar playing
Review of Famous Ragtime Guitar Solos - Ton Van Bergeyk by 2mennycds

Advantages: Upbeat, uplifting, melodic, foot-tapping
Disadvantages: Single, very specific genre only represented

“Ragtime” guitar “Ragtime” is short for “ragged time”, a style of music, particularly for dancing to, made popular in the 1920s and 1930s. It’s basically a syncopated musical style. If you know the film “The Sting” (one of my favourite movies), its s ... Read review

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nicely done by jb0077
Fab review! by GeorgieH1994
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12.12.2015 09:13
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Don't lead me on, leave me here to enjoy this!
Review of Lead Me On - Kelly Joe Phelps by 2mennycds

Advantages: Impeccable guitar, husky vocals, authentic and vintage-sounding
Disadvantages: Some may prefer more variety in tempo/arrangements

I first heard of Kelly Joe Phelps when I was fortunate to catch some footage of him at the Cambridge Folk Festival (I have no idea which year). I was spellbound. Before long I had tracked down and purchased this album. “Lap-style” guitar I was well ... Read review

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Another good one... I need to make more time for music by hiker
vg by beautybuff
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04.11.2015 17:22
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Can you handle the dirty truth?
Review of The Dirty Truth - Joanne Shaw Taylor by jcneil

Advantages: Blues, vocals, guitar work
Disadvantages: Not quite her best

**INTRODUCTION** Having seen Joanne Shaw Taylor live in Bristol a few years ago she quickly became one of my favourite British Blues artists and I have since followed her career intently.She has released a total of four studio albums and also released a ... Read review

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VH by Secre
Super review x by Cdarcy81
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04.06.2015 20:05
Wire & Wood is very good.
Review of Wire & Wood - Tristan Mackay by jcneil

Advantages: Vocals, beauty, acoustic guitar
Disadvantages: No Electric guitar

**INTRODUCTION** As I wrote in my review of his debut album I first came across Tristan Mackay when I heard he was going to be performing as the support for Joanne Shaw Taylor on her tour a couple of years ago. I was very impressed by Mackay and soon beg ... Read review

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VH :) by eve6kicksass
Well detailed here. by Nar2
very helpful

17.04.2015 00:36
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