First released in 1966, Midnight Man has a slightly more rhythm'n'blues focus than his other Decca albums - as Mr. Graham plays homage to some of his musical heroes. Beautiful playing as always, and a repertoire drawn from the songs of Lalo Schifrin, Herbie Hancock, Lonnie John, Oscar Brown Jr., Blind Willie Johnson and Lennon / McCartney. For this carefully remastered edition Fledg'ling have restored all the elements of the original artwork and added several previously unpublished photographs.
With the exception of 1964's Folk, Blues & Beyond, this is Graham's finest non-compilation album. It's also his most fully arranged and rock-influenced effort, with backing by a meaty ensemble featuring Danny Thompson (of Pentangle) on bass and British blues stalwarts Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith (Graham Bond, Colosseum) on drums and sax respectively. Even Graham's singing sounds better than usual. Graham offers some decent blues, but more interesting are his frequent excursions into raga folk-rock of sorts, especially on "Blue Raga" (learned from Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan). The raga-jazz interpretation of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now," which moves from meditative opening drones into a freewheeling explosion of modal folk-rock is one of the highlights of Graham's career on record and one of the best expressions of his ability to make a standard his own.
One of the most important recordings from the 1960s folk revival. Newly remastered featuring original artwork, five bonus tracks from two rare EPs and unpublished photographs.
There's no such thing as a bad Graham album from the 1960s. While Hat isn't necessarily the first one you should dig into, it offers the standard pleasures that you expect from his records: excellent, feverishly imaginative acoustic guitar playing; vibrant jazz-blues arrangements; and covers of blues numbers, Paul Simon, and Lennon-McCartney. He's just as capable of good-time blues ("I'm Ready") and a folk cover of "Getting Better" from Sgt. Pepper as dark, slightly dissonant instrumentals with a modal/Eastern flavor. As is the case with most of his '60s albums, it's very hard to find, especially in the U.S., where Graham did not have a record deal.
2003 reissue of the UK folk/blues legend's classic 1963 debut album features 20 tracks including eight bonus tracks, 'She Moved Thru' The Bizarre/Blue Raga' (Live), 'Misirlou' (Live), 'Hey Bud Blues' (Live), 'Anji', 'Fingerbuster', 'La Morena', 'Happy Meeting In Glory', & 'Suite In D Minor'. Always held in awe by his peers, this album still sounds as breathtakingly fresh today, as it did fifty years ago!
Godington Boundry is an album by British musician Davy Graham, released in 1970. It is credited to "Davy Graham & Holly"
Not to be confused with several bands using the same name, Midnight – the man – began his career as the singer for Florida's famously silver-masked progressive metal band Crimson Glory, who spent much of the late '80s and early '90s playing second fiddle to the world conquering Queensrÿche, then quietly split when grunge sent metal packing…