Martin Carthy

The Carthy Chronicles: A Journey Through the Folk Revival

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It would be far too easy to simply call this the definitive Martin Carthy compilation. Given its length -- four CDs plus a CD-ROM -- it would seem to cover all the high spots. In fact, it goes far deeper, looking at his career not chronologically, but splitting the albums into Classic Carthy, Carthy in Company, Carthy Contemporaries, and Child: Carthy. It's an approach that works well and which also discovers plenty of hidden gems that have never seen the light of day before, from early live performances to tracks by his first band, Three City Four, that have never been reissued on CD. It all underscores the fact that Carthy is a major force in English -- and British -- folk music, someone who deserves every plaudit he's ever been given, whether for his understated guitar technique or his thoughtful interpretations of traditional songs, illustrated here on the first and last discs. And while his reputation rests heavily on that traditional arrangement of material, he's done a good share of modern work, too, whether his own, all-too-infrequent compositions like "Company Policy," Dylan, Richard Thompson, or even Gilbert O'Sullivan. From solo work to duets with fiddler Dave Swarbrick, the bold Brass Monkey, and Waterson:Carthy, the man plowed a lot of furrows and the compilers of this set have gone over them all with a very fine-toothed comb. Add to that an excellent booklet, and one has an outstanding set and a well-deserved tribute to one of the great folk figures.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 04:24 Amazon
2
feat: Band of Hope
04:29 Amazon
3
01:19 Amazon
4
02:34 Amazon
5 04:20 Amazon
6 02:58 Amazon
7
feat: Blue Murder
02:26 Amazon
8 01:05 Amazon
9 03:10 Amazon
10 01:56 Amazon
11 05:35 Amazon
12 05:30 Amazon
13 03:04 Amazon
14 03:23 Amazon
15 06:26 Amazon
16
feat: Oskorri
04:11 Amazon
17 01:37 Amazon
18 01:26 Amazon
19 01:36 Amazon
20 02:47 Amazon
21 03:21 Amazon
22 07:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:12 Amazon
2 02:43 Amazon
3
01:24 Amazon
4 02:56 Amazon
5 03:18 Amazon
6
02:37 Amazon
7 02:20 Amazon
8 03:17 Amazon
9 03:43 Amazon
10 03:06 Amazon
11 05:14 Amazon
12 05:00 Amazon
13 04:15 Amazon
14 03:27 Amazon
15 03:32 Amazon
16 03:36 Amazon
17 01:34 Amazon
18 05:03 Amazon
19 02:57 Amazon
20 03:59 Amazon
21 02:37 Amazon
22 01:54 Amazon
23 03:49 Amazon
24 03:32 Amazon
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