Mojo (Publisher) - p.1174 stars out of 5
-- "[T]his is a rich and potent goulash of genre-bending performances -- ragas dark and sunny, jazzed up blues...and a surprisingly taut, compelling performance of the English folk song, 'Bruton Town'."
The remastered version of this 1968 album is packaged in the original artwork and contains previously unpublished photographs. In addition to Brit-folk vocalist/guitarist Graham, performers on the album include Harold McNail on flute, Colloseum's Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone) and Jon Hiseman (drums), plus Pentangle's Danny Thompson on double bass.
Personnel: Davy Graham (vocals, guitar); Harold McNair (flute); Dick Heckstall-Smith (saxophone); Jon Hiseman (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Davy Graham; John Renbourn; Ray Horricks.
Author: John Renbourn.
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. ~ Richie Unterberger