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Guest Artists: Where did it begin?

GUEST,Woodsie 03 Sep 10 - 02:30 AM
greg stephens 02 Sep 10 - 05:45 AM
Leadfingers 02 Sep 10 - 05:19 AM
Leadfingers 02 Sep 10 - 05:07 AM
Dave MacKenzie 02 Sep 10 - 03:55 AM
Hamish 02 Sep 10 - 03:40 AM
GUEST,David E. 02 Sep 10 - 01:25 AM
Ebbie 02 Sep 10 - 01:10 AM
MGM·Lion 02 Sep 10 - 12:49 AM
Tim Leaning 02 Sep 10 - 12:48 AM
Joe Offer 02 Sep 10 - 12:43 AM
GUEST,David E. 01 Sep 10 - 10:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: GUEST,Woodsie
Date: 03 Sep 10 - 02:30 AM

Dylan's awful "Down In The Groove" album have Sex Pisto;s and a whole bunch of other wankers on it. Don't know what reason is to feature people with zero musical ability other than hoping to appear cool and attract to another sector of buyers!


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: greg stephens
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 05:45 AM

Well my favourite record of all time is Savoy Blues by the Louis Armstrong Hot Five, with the additional bonus of a guest appearance by Lonnie Johnson, playing the guitar solo.
I reckon the most fun guest album was the Chieftains efort with some memorable guests, Mick Jagger singing the Long Black Veil being the most notable. Sting was in there too, and various others that I can't just bring to mind at the moment.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 05:19 AM

And Mike is the Guest at Maidenhead Folk Club tonight .


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Leadfingers
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 05:07 AM

In MY case , my first 'Guest' appearance was on Mike Nicholson's first cassette - He recorded several things that we had 'busked' at informal Folk events , and asked me to add a bit of Whistle and Mandolin !


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Dave MacKenzie
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 03:55 AM

I'm sure it's always happened, but originally the record industry tried to stop it - look at all the names Blind Willie McTell recorded under - then they realised that they couldn't stop it so they might as well take advantage of it. I'm sure I've got very few early jazz compilations without Eddie Lang popping up somewhere.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Hamish
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 03:40 AM

I'm sure it's often - not always, but often - a cynical marketing ploy.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 01:25 AM

"Will the Circle Be Unbroken"

Now that was/is such an excellent album (remember all the discs and booklets and photos?!) and it worked wonderfully to bring two separate audiences, at the time, together. Good call Joe. Fortunately what ever thinking goes on at record labels now wasn't common then so we were spared Roy Acuff dueting with Helen Reddy and the NGDB backing the Jackson Five.

David E.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Ebbie
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 01:10 AM

In Juneau, a small town, it is a somewhat inbred circle of musicians who are on each other's CDs. They never pay each other but they are credited in the liner notes. I must say: They sound real good.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 12:49 AM

On one of my very early folk record reviews for The Times Educational Supplement, about 1970, I wrote something to the effect of "accompanied by several 'friends', as session men tend to be called in folk circles". ~~ The Arts Editor liked this formulation so much that he headlined the column "Session Men".

~Michael~


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Tim Leaning
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 12:48 AM

There is a lot of "feat" in pop music too.


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Subject: RE: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Sep 10 - 12:43 AM

That's a good question, David. Maybe it was the all-star collaborations like Will the Circle Be Unbroken and the Waylon and Willie recordings A(and other people with Willie), and the wonderful collaborations that Chet Atkins did with various people, and the Traveling Wilburys.

One collaborationist I'm especially happy to hear is Iris Dement, and another is Emmylou Harris.

Whatever the case, I'm glad for it.

-Joe-


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Subject: Guest Artists: Where did it begin?
From: GUEST,David E.
Date: 01 Sep 10 - 10:54 PM

I was just looking at a list of new music releases for September and it seems that hardly anyone releases recordings these days with out a parade of guest musicians "dropping by." Seems you can't buy a cd without Sheryl Crow or Willie Nelson making a appearance on it. I assume this is the music industry's idea and I doubt the artist has much say about it, but I wondered if anyone can pin point when this started? Slash on a Bob Dylan cd? Sting on a James Taylor? I remember (and still play)those wonderful Wolf and Waters with English rock stars albums, but this is something different.

Thanks for indulging me.

David E. (with special guest Yoyo Ma)


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