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Carthy's debut album rates a place alongside the album by Bob Dylan, as the debut work of a man who ultimately revolutionized folk music performance in England (Carthy is mentioned as an influence on the notes to Dylan's Freewheelin' album). This is Carthy's purest and simplest folk effort, an all-acoustic recording done in barely an afternoon that includes his version of "Scarborough Fair," awhich Paul Simon learned from Carthy (including the chords and changes from Carthy's arrangement) and transformed into a hit of his own. Also here is "Two Magicians," a song that later entered the repertory Steeleye Span, and "Lovely Joan," a folk song that is most familiar to classical listeners as the source of the counter-melody to Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Fantasia on Greensleeves." The playing and the interpretations are somewhat less ambitious and rather rougher than subsequent efforts, with Dave Swarbrick guesting on fiddle on about half the tracks, and Carthy's guitar covering all but the acapella tracks.
A Folk Classic
A supreme album one of Martin's best it's a pleasure to hear so..... thanks Mr Carthy you have done folk music a life time of justice.
Top Albums and Songs by Martin Carthy with Dave Swarbrick
||Scarborough Fair||Martin Carthy||3:29||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Lord Franklin||Second Album||3:40||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Wind That Shakes the Barley||Martin Carthy||4:31||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||High Germany||Martin Carthy||2:36||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Lord of the Dance||But Two Came By||2:44||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Lowlands of Holland||Second Album||2:59||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||John Barleycorn||Byker Hill||3:17||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Byker Hill||Byker Hill||2:58||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||The Trees They Do Grow High||Martin Carthy||3:36||£0.79||View In iTunes|
||Lovely Joan||Martin Carthy||1:53||£0.79||View In iTunes|