Sunday, January 22, 2017

Mike Monroe / Castaway - Fred And Anna Vagle/ Fred And Anna Vagle (1973)




Ακόμα ένα Private-Pressing προέλευσης Μινεσότα που κυκλοφόρησε το 1973, με folk μουσικό περιεχόμενο. Στην πρώτη πλευρά έχουμε τον Loner Folk Psych καλλιτέχνη MIKE MONROE με τίτλο των δημιουργιών του «Castaway» και στην δεύτερη πλευρά το ντουέτο FRED AND ANN VAGLE, με τίτλο των κομματιών τους «Fred And Anna Vagle».  

       
With its simple arrangements and minimal instrumentation, this split album with talented artists on both sides is sure to appeal to folk music fans. First up is singer-songwriter Mike Monroe, who serves up five tunes, four of them originals. His talent as an acoustic guitarist is clear, and on his cover of Paul Stookey’s “John Henry Bosworth,” he plays banjo as well. Monroe’s songwriting ability especially shines on the dreamy “Rus.” He’s joined by Phil Kitchen on 12-string guitar and background vocals, and Dave Riley on bass. 

Mike Monroe – Rus (1973)



Side two features Fred and Anne Vagle. Ann sings and adds some nice touches on recorder, piano, and percussion, while Fred plays the guitar and adds occasional vocals. They also get help from Phil Kitchen and Dave Riley. Anne’s beautiful, clear voice is showcased on tracks like “Simple Gifts” and the minor key ballad “The Willow,” one of two songs penned by the Vagles. A Paul Stookey tune makes an appearance here too; this time it’s a version of his “Sebastian.” – David Overstreet.

Fred and Anne Vagle - How Much Time (1973)


Track listing
                             Castaway                               
A1 Mike Monroe     I'd Give You Love                     Michael Monroe
A2 Mike Monroe     John Henry Bosworth              Paul Stookey
A3 Mike Monroe     All The Sweet Dreams              Michael Monroe
A4 Mike Monroe     Rus                                         Michael Monroe
A5 Mike Monroe     Strong In My Weakness           Michael Monroe
                             Fred And Anna Vagle             
B1 Fred And Anna Vagle       (A) Instrument Of Peace; (B) Simple Gifts (A) St. Francis Asissi; (B) Trad. Arr. By Vagles
B2 Fred And Anna Vagle       San Francisco Bay Blues       Jesse Fuller
B3 Fred And Anna Vagle       The Willow                  Fred Vagle, Anna Mae Vagle
B4 Fred And Anna Vagle       How Much Time ?       Fred Vagle, Anna Mae Vagle
B5 Fred And Anna Vagle                                        Sebastian     Paul Stookey

Notes
Side A : Michael Monroe
Produced by Mark Holland
Mike Monroe : Six String Guitar, Banjo, Voice
Phil Kitchen : 12 String Guitar, Harmonica
Dave Riley : String Bass
Shown as Mike Monroe on sleeve.

Side B : Fred And Anna Vagle
Fred Vagle : All Guitar, Voice
Anna Mae Vagle : Piano, Recorder, Percussion, Voice
Dave Riley : Bass
Phil Kitchen : Guitar, Voice, Lead Vocal on B5

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