Wally Whyton

It's Me, Mum!

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Although it starts out with "Gentle on My Mind," Wally Whyton's It's Me Mum quickly veers into harder, rougher folk territory on "Ballad of the Bo Weevil," and a version of "Leaving on a Jet Plane" that's sung with such conviction and played with such energy, especially the guitars (Whyton and Jon Mark), that it is overpowering; and the version of "Greenback Dollar" wipes out any memory of the Kingston Trio's rendition from the listener. The sound of rippling acoustic guitars and the emphatic vocals makes this an extraordinary album to appear at the end of the 1960s, a kind of "roots" folk production. The Whyton originals are interesting too, embracing American subject matter such as civil rights, albeit a couple of years off and an ocean removed from the events. His stridency would have seemed a little pronounced on the west side of the Atlantic, though in England there evidently was still an audience looking for songs of that kind about more than just the Vietnam War.

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