Doc Watson Original Folkways Recordings: 1960-1962 (2-CD)

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  • Released: June 28, 1994
  • Originally Released: 1991
  • Label: Smithsonian Folkways

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Tracks on Disc 2:

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Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica); Clarence Ashley, "New River Jack" Burchett, Dock Walsh (vocals, banjo); Jean Ritchie (vocals); Clint Howard (vocals, guitar); Garley Foster (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Arnold Watson (vocals, banjo, harmonica); Fred Price (vocals, fiddle); Ralph Rinzler (guitar); Jack Johnson (banjo); Gaither Carlton (banjo, fiddle); Tommy Moore (washboard).
Compilation producers: Ralph Rinzler, Jeff Place, Matt Walters.
Recorded between September 1960 and April 1962. Includes liner notes by Ralph Rinzler.
Includes a 36-page booklet with song-by-song annotations, biographical notes on the players, a bibliography and selected discography.
Some of the tracks on THE ORIGINAL FOLKWAYS RECORDINGS were originally released as OLD TIME MUSIC AT CLARENCE ASHLEY'S, VOLS. 1 AND 2 (Folkways 2355 and 2359).
Personnel: Doc Watson (vocals, guitar, banjo, harmonica); Clarence Ashley (vocals, banjo); Clint Howard (vocals, guitar); Arnold Watson (tenor, harmonica); Garley Foster (guitar, harmonica, sound effects); Ralph Rinzler (guitar); Gaither Carlton (banjo, fiddle); Doc Walsh, Jack Johnson (banjo); Fred Price (fiddle); Tommy Moore (washboard).
Liner Note Author: Ralph Rinzler.
Arrangers: Clarence Ashley ; Doc Watson; Fred Price; Gaither Carlton; Clint Howard.
An intriguing document of two musical generations overlapping, this Smithsonian Folkways collection presents the debut of Doc Watson, then a promising young bluegrass guitarist, and the reintroduction of Clarence Ashley, a banjo player who had become well known in the South decades before these early-1960s sessions. This two-disc, 48-track set consists almost entirely of traditional tunes, as Watson and Ashley's earnest, no-frills vocals mesh wonderfully with those of the backing ensemble. Of course, the real draw here is the deft instrumental work of Watson and Ashley, which is showcased on all of these tracks (many of which are previously unreleased), including the lightning-quick "Cumberland Gap," the driving "Fire on the Mountain," and the lilting "Footprints in the Snow." The original release of many of these songs coincided with the early-'60s folk revival, leading to success for Ashley and particularly Watson, who would go on to become one of the most influential guitarists in folk/bluegrass history.

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  • UPC: 093074002926
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