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Peter LaFarge -> Larry Long


PETER LAFARGE Bear Family BCD 15626 On The Warpath/ As Long As The Grass Shall Grow ● CD $21.98
La Farge was a full-blooded Nargaset Indian who spent the early 60's writing and singing about the deplorable treatment of the American Indians long before it was politically correct. His voice was not sweet (or always on pitch), his guitar playing was not accomplished, but his songs were as bitter and "in your face" as any social commentary of the time. In Hey, Mr. President, he sings "We are making reservations/ that will be just for the whites". And he means it, too. So, this collection drawn from two of La Farge's 5 Folkways LP's isn't for everyone. But it includes Ballad Of Ira Hayes, which was a big hit for Johnny Cash, I'm An Indian, I'm An Alien/ Custer/ The Trail Of Tears, the sarcastic, anti-nuke Radioactive Eskimo and many other alternative views of America worth looking into. (JC)

PETER LAFARGE Bear Family BCD 15627 Songs Of The Cowboys/ Iron Mountain ● CD $21.98
An American Indian of the Nargaset tribe, La Farge made early contact with several of the folk luminaries of the the 1940's, including Josh White and Cisco Houston. Their influence, after injuries forced him out of his original pursuit of rodeo success, led him to try both acting and folk singing in the early 60's. He recorded several albums for Folkways, two of which are reissued here. The 29 solo, guitar-accompanied cuts include Whoopie Ti Yi Yo/ Lavender Cowboy/ The Strawberry Roan/ Cattle Calls/ Marijuana Blues, and Falling Stars. To me La Farge is a bit longer on folk authenticity than he is on musical talent but fans of the 60's folk revival should welcome this reissue nonetheless. It's a single CD in a double CD jewel box, presumably used because of the thickness of the liner notes booklet which contains both the original liner notes and the full lyrics to all of the songs. (DH)

GREY LARSEN Sugarhill 1133 Gathering ● CD $15.98
Grey Larsen has shown himself to be one of the most creative performer-composers in celtic folk rooted music today. In his earlier works with Malcolm Dalglish Larsen demonstrated a rare combination of sensitivity to the folk roots, daring improvisation and technical virtuosity. In his latest album, Larsen devotees will not be disappointed. The music is diverse with Larsen on flutes, fiddle, concertina, piano, harmonium and synthesizer with Dalglish on hammer dulcimer, Eugene Jablonsky on bass, Triona Ni Dhomnaill-Parente on clavinet, Lisa Ornstein on violin, and Eric Rosser and Pete Sutherland on pianos. Some of the cuts, like Big Sky and the final Sleepy Creek are haunting while others are unique Larsen interpretations of Celtic airs (DB)

GORDON LIGHTFOOT Bear Family BCD 15576 Lightfoot/ The Way I Feel ● CD $21.98
26 orig. United Artists recordings from 1966-67 w. 36 pg. booklet

GORDON LIGHTFOOT Bear Family BCD 15691 Sunday Concert, Plus ● CD $21.98
16 tracks, 54 min., recommended Another entry from the "Singer-Songwriter" series, this time featuring Lightfoot's last lp for United Artists, plus five bonus tracks. Recorded at a live concert in Massey Hall in Toronto in 1969, the first 11 tracks here capture an artist enlivened by his relationship with a home audience. The last five tracks are studio done. All are vintage Lightfoot compositions, with the exception of Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, a Bob Dylan composition that fells a bit out of place here, both in lyric content and in its much fuller orchestration. Other numbers include In a Windowpane/ Leaves of Grass/ Ribbon of Darkness/ Ballad of Yarmouth Castle, and Boss Man. Fine sound and notes. Original cover art. (DH)

GORDON LIGHTFOOT Bear Family BCD 15699 Did She Mention My Name ● CD $21.98
24 tracks, 77 min., recommended Issued as a part of the Bear Family's "Singer-Songwriter" series, this disc features all of the numbers from this Canadian troubadour's third and fourth lps for United Artists, recorded in 1967-68. Lyrics run the gamut from gently romantic ballads to topical commentary. Titles include Did She Mention My Name/ Black Day in July/ I Want to Hear it From You/ Long Way Back Home/ Bitter Green and Don't Beat Me Down. Fine notes by Colin Escott, full lyrics, and excellent sound quality It's good to have this slice of acoustic folk music available again. (DH)

LARRY LONG Flying Fish 70528 Troubadour ● CD $15.98

LARRY LONG & CHILDREN OF OKLAHOMA Flying Fish 70508 It Takes A Lot Of People (Tribute To Woody Guthrie) ● CD $15.98


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