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The Essential Doc Watson

  • 1. Tom Dooley
    2. Alberta
    3. Froggie Went a-Courtin'
    4. Beaumont Rag
    5. St. James Hospital
    6. Muskrat
    7. Down in the Valley to Pray
    8. Blue Railroad Train
    9. Rising Sun Blues
    10. Shady Grove
    11. My Rough & Rowdy Ways
    12. Train That Carried My Girl From Town, The
    13. Black Mountain Rag
    14. I Was a Stranger
    15. Blueridge Mountain Blues
    16. Country Blues
    17. Groundhog
    18. Little Orphan Girl
    19. Blackberry Blossom
    20. Going Down This Road Feeling Bad
    21. Rambling Hobo
    22. Little Omie Wise
    23. Handsome Molly
    24. Whitehouse Blues
    25. I Want to Love Him More
    26. Way Downtown
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 45/46

  • Credits
    ProducerRalph Rinzler; Jack Lothrop

    Recorded live at the Newport Folk Festivals in 1963 & 1964.
    A reissue of Vanguard's original double-LP (condensed here to one CD), THE ESSENTIAL DOC WATSON includes 26 tracks of Watson in his most traditional, folksy mode, with his stunning flat-picking guitar technique and warm, unadorned singing in fine form. The disc's first half focuses on studio sessions--some solo, some with accompaniment--while the second half is taken from Watson's mid-1960s Newport Folk Festival appearances.
    The performances throughout are top-notch. Watson's flawlessly fluid guitar work is a wonder (most notably on instrumentals like "Beaumont Rag"), and he sounds as at ease singing a cappella ("Down in the Valley to Pray") as he does backed by additional musicians ("The Train That Carried My Girl from Town"). The program includes traditional songs ("Tom Dooley" and "Little Omie Wise"), as well as tunes by Jimmy Rodgers ("I Was a Stranger") and Dock Boggs ("Country Blues"), with Watson bringing each song to life with his incisive, sincere renditions. As a one-stop, economical introduction to this folk legend, THE ESSENTIAL DOC WATSON is hard to beat.

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