Tuesday, October 17, 2006

David Blue-These 23 Days in September 1968 (US Folk)

If Blue's second album was not nearly as much of a cultural artifact as his 1966 Elektra debut, which went to embarrassing extremes in its Bob Dylan imitation, it was of greater artistic merit. Most importantly, Blue sang far better, though he still wasn't a great singer, with far fewer of the glaringly off-key notes that had bedeviled his first LP. As both a singer and songwriter, he was still Dylanesque, but was becoming far more his own man, as a world-weary commentator with a growing country influence. Certainly the title song far outstrips anything on David Blue, sounding something like a combination of Dylan and early Leonard Cohen, its haunting minor melody enhanced by judicious touches of accordion and sitar. Nothing else on the record is as affecting, and some of it's rather pedestrian, minor Dylanesque stuff, in fact. But it's not obnoxious, and sometimes the music's rather good, as in "Ambitious Anna," which like some of the other tracks have a border feel. On such tunes, Blue seems like a peer or even slight antecedent to somber cowboys like Townes Van Zandt. The remake of "The Grand Hotel," a highlight of his first album, is sung better here, but has a sparer, less interesting arrangement.
By Richie Unterberger, www.allmusic.com

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fantastic post, thank you very much for his one


5:26 PM  
Anonymous Karel said...

It is great so see David Blue here.
He is one of the best! "Stories" is to my opinion his best album. It helped me make it trough nights very often.
I'm still looking for the album he made under his real name "Me, S. David Cohen"
Is there someone who can help me?


12:02 PM  
Blogger im said...

Is there even a slim chance of getting this album re-posted? I cannot find another version of 'These 23 Days In September' anywhere else (no surprise there, I guess, given the wide range of stuff you post--_blatant_ appeal to your ego BTW *smile*).



9:24 AM  
Blogger Thomas said...

i agree - this album needs to be liberated - reup?

10:59 PM  
Blogger Guldhamstern said...

Oh, I want to hear this, I really want to hear it.

11:17 AM  
Blogger bjenny said...

me too!!!

4:27 PM  

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