The Best Of Doc Watson 1964-1968 Import
- アーティスト: ドック・ワトソン & Merle Watson
Few musicians are as adept as Doc Watson is at making the remarkable seem routine. Song after song on this 23-track label retrospective demonstrates effortless flat-picking virtuosity. Listen to the fleet, precise picking on "Beaumont Rag," and you'll immediately recognize why the North Carolinian's skills are the envy of just about anyone who's ever tried to master folk guitar. Yet his plainspoken baritone vocals on "Tennessee Stud," "Shady Grove," "Little Sadie," and others speak of his devotion to his songs. Watson in his prime could play rings around just about any picker alive, but he's never gone in for hollow showboating. Culled from six of the nine albums Watson recorded for Vanguard between 1964 and 1971 (though the most recent inclusions here are from 1968), this album is a condensed alternative to the four-disc Vanguard Years box set. Four previously unreleased tunes add to the value of this worthy intro to an American master. --Steven Stolder
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I first heard Doc Watson on the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN where he performed his signature song "Tennessee Stud," included here from his classic SOUTHBOUND album. While not as good a singer as he is a guitar player, there is an earthy quality to his vocals, which is especially effective on the a capella gospel number "Down in the Valley To Pray."
On many of these tracks, Watson is accompanied by his son Merle on second guitar. Listen to their delicate interplay on the instrumental "Dill Pickle Rag."
As an added bonus, the final four tracks are previously unreleased. First, is a solo performance of "Grandfather's Clock" with Watson accompanying himself on guitar and harmonica. Next is the Carter Family's tragic tale of "The Cyclone of Ryecov." Then there is the brief (1:23) guitar workout "Doc's Guitar." The final is the traditional "Crawdad Hole" performed live.
Doc Watson is one of our national treasures, and if you're looking for a solid introduction to his music, this is an excellent place to start. [Running Time - 65:55] VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
If you love bluegrass but somehow have never heard Doc, grab this CD.
For those who are familiar with "Tom Dooley" only from the Kingston Trio's well harmonized but rather bland version, a revelation awaits -- and be prepared to be blown out of your chair.
There are instrumentals here, an a cappella track, and a lovely ballad, "Alberta."
Watson sings and plays guitar, mouth harp and banjo. There are songs of love, murder, and humor.
You've probably heard the Animals' version of "House of the Rising Sun," and you may know Bob Dylan's from
his first LP (he used Dave van Ronk's arrangement almost note for note). They're both good, but don't miss Doc's take on it.
This is true American music, played and sung by someone who was born and grew up in the area it came from -- the Appalachian Mountains.
I wish I could give this CD more than five stars. Oh, wait --- I did.