Friday, August 5, 2011
Topic Records made many great "World Music" LPs back when the genre consisted of mostly ethnographic field recordings. I always pick up any LP I see on the Topic label (as well as other great "world music" labels, such as Original Music or the LPs in the Nonesuch Explorer Series).
This was a thrift store find (99¢), in beautiful shape, except for the red tape along the top of the cover. It sounds near new. It is not on CD.
From the LP:
"John Armstrong: fiddle, Billy Atkinson: mouth organ, Billy Conroy: whistle, George Hepple: fiddle, Joe Hutton: small-pipes, Donald Ridley: accordeon, Recorded and produced by Tony Wilson and Tony Eagle"
John Armstrong & Joe Hutton: The Rowan Tree/Jock Of Hazeldean
Additional tracks, by request:
Billy Conroy: Green Castle/Spot On/Corn Rigs
Billy Conroy: Jenny Bell Polka
Billy Conroy: Napoleon's Grand March/Untitled March
Billy Conroy: Liverpool Hornpipe/Steamboat Hornpipe
John Armstrong & Joe Hutton: Sir Sidney Smith's March
From the LP: "The Billy Conroy tracks were taken from tape recordings originally made by Pete Knowles for the North-East Folk Federation"
Posted by Kurt at 5:27 AM
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Rounder Records 3041
Eric Schoenberg is a fingerstyle guitarist and an innovator in ragtime guitar playing. He went on to found Schoenberg Guitars, a maker of very well-regarded acoustic guitars.
Two songs from Steel Strings, "Sidh Beag Agus Sidh Mor" and "All In Good Time" appear on the CD Rounder Guitar: A Collection of Acoustic Guitar. Otherwise, his solo albums are not on CD.
I picked this LP up at a garage sale in Brooklyn along with another Schoenberg LP, "Acoustic Guitar." I paid two or three dollars for it. It is in good condition, though with an audible scratch through half of "Sunflower Slow Drag."
From the LP: "All tunes arranged for finger-style guitar by Eric Schoenberg."
Talk About Suffering
Sunflower Slow Drag
More Eric Schoenberg here.
Posted by Kurt at 5:45 AM