Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Although admittedly a posthumous release, I was very surprised at the rather dismissive tenor of many of the reviews of this album to date. Hopefully this record will be reappraised soon as being a release worthy of anyone's consideration as I feel it does enhance an already rich legacy left behind by this very fine and innovative band. (So what if Charisma wanted to ride the slipstream of the lucrative ELP juggernaut?)
In this sequel to their 2009 recording, Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King are joined by Frank McGuire, bodhrán (Irish frame drum) maker and player. The repertoire is a mixture of traditional Irish and Scottish folk music with some tunes published or dating from the 18th to 20th centuries. Savall has grouped them into sets, each a suite of dances and character pieces, and each performed in a single key at modern pitch.
First time on CD for this collection of early Folk recordings from Barry 'Eve Of Destruction' McGuire and other members of The New Christy Minstrels, originally recorded in 1963 for the Horizon label, a short lived American Folk label whose most prominent artist at the time was Hoyt Axton. McGuire recorded a number of tracks for the label in the company of Karen Gunderson , Art Podell, Paul Potash, Barry Kane, all members of the New Christy Minstrels. These were collected together as Star Folk volumes 1 and 2 . The material is for the most part originals by McGuire and his contemporaries such as Hoyt Axton, Art Podell, Rod McKuen. These classic American Folk recordings have not been available since the mid '60s and include many standout recordings including 'Greenback Dollar', 'Town And Country' and 'So Long Stay Well'.
Having released Mama Cass solo albums, the Mugwumps and Denny Doherty s folk group the Halifax Three, our Collectors Choice Music label is something of a home for Mamas and Papas-related projects, and the first album on this twofer, This Precious Time , certainly qualifies! The story goes that superstar folkie Barry McGuire invited his old friends to audition for Lou Adler while doing sessions for the record, and the rest, as they say, is history. The group actually appears on seven tracks on This Precious Time , which we ve paired with Barry s next solo album, The World s Last Private Citizen , which came out in 1967 (we ve eliminated two duplicate tracks). Two superb folk/folk-rock records from one of the genre s leading lights!
This collection of exquisite French, Japanese and Australian compositions played on shakuhachi and harp takes us into the realm of a mystical imagination. Works featured are by Faure, Satie, Ravel, Debussy, Tournier, Fukuda, Kozu and Australian composer Anny Boyd. This is a very special album ideal for relaxation, meditation or simply for pure enjoyment.amazon.com
Barry McGuire has never deserved his "one hit wonder" status. The problem obviously is that his most memorable hit EVE OF DESTRUCTION so totally overwhelmed an unexpecting audience that it left listeners stunned. Although he had previously recorded several albums with The New Christy Minstrels, scoring a hit with GREEN, GREEN (featuring Barry McGuire), the world of 1965 was completely unprepared for the depth of emotion, both raw and plaintive, in EVE.
Anne-Sophie Mutter obviously had fun making this disc. In the quiet pieces (Massenet, Ysaÿe, Fauré) which serve as interludes, she plays with her usual exquisite taste. In the showpieces, though, she goes to town, sliding, scooping, exaggerating, & letting all the stops out. The gypsy inflection she uses in Ravel’s Tzigane & Sarasate’s Zigeunerweisen is delicious. Even a ridiculous orchestral arrangement of Tartini’s Devil’s Trill Sonata is more amusing than offensive. With James Levine & the Berlin Philharmonic providing uncommonly alert & powerful support, & Deutsche Grammophon’s realistic sound, this disc is a real treat for violin lovers.
Buffalo Daughter is a three member group consisting of Sugar Yoshinaga, Yumiko Ohno and MoOoG Yamamoto, often augmented by a drummer and other guests. Their sound is heavily influenced by German progressive rock and techno pop, but also includes bits of dub, club, shoe gaze and post-rock influences. Given their mix and match style, and that they emerged in the mid-90s, they are often considered as part of the Shibuya-kei movement.