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Thread #16076   Message #2625737
Posted By: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
06-May-09 - 04:17 PM
Thread Name: Your top ten folk albums
Subject: RE: Your top ten folk albums
Some of the "seasoned citizens" who read this may relate.
I rarely found an album (in the vinyl era) on which I was crazy about all the songs. I found inspiration on several, either in terms of a song, an interpretation or approach, that helped me develop my own style. Some of the early albums' titles are lost to memory (a fire took care of that some years ago). Among the best I can recall:

1. "Songs of Earth & Sky" - Art & Paul (Art Podell & Paul Potash)
2. "Belafonte at Carnegie Hall" (which contained my first exposure   
      to both Odetta and the Chad Mitchell Trio)
3. An early Josh White album with Sam Gary on a few songs.
4. The Kingston Trio's original album
5. Joe & Eddie - the album name escapes me
6. Ian & Sylvia's debut album (which I still have)
7. The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem's first major album
8. Oscar Brand's sea shantey's, along with "Bawdy Songs & Backroom
      Ballads"
9. Gordon Lightfoot's early albums, mostly acoustic, with the late
      Red Shea on lead guitar
10. Two old Weavers albums my parents owned

There have been many others, the list changing as time goes on. People as diverse as Marty Robbins and John Jacob Niles have had their influence. The guitar magic of jazz players like Laurindo Almeida and Charlie Byrd also had a part. The first guitar playing I can recall hearing on the radio was probably western swing and country, being a rural kid.