Jim Besser Posted June 8, 2005 Share Posted June 8, 2005 (edited) I just finished listening to an early cut of Alan Day's Anglo recording project, and I wanted to pass on some impressions. This is an amazing collection. The variety of musical genres, the audio quality and the the skill of the musicians are all even better than I hoped for. I found myself repeatedly grabbing my concertina and playing along (or trying to... on some cuts, I think I'd need about a dozen extra keys to do the chords and harmonies these guys are doing) A few cuts just blew me away (Jody Kruskal's "Krazy for Kasha" became an instant favorite; it's tremendous fun to play). The Andy Turner early music selections are going to provide endless entertainment both in listening and trying to figure out how to play them. The Roger Digby cuts are really impressive (what key concertina on Ain't Misbehaving?) Frank Edgley and Tom Lawrence sound great. Hadn't heard the "squash box" music before; these are lots of fun. I was really surprised by the Bertram Levy cuts; I know him only through his tutorial, which is pretty traditional sounding; the cuts on these CD are anything but, and musically very interesting. Oh yes, Alan's own Rosbif waltz and Limey Pete are great (wasn't Limey originally in G?). I've heard other complications that are so focused on making some point or another that they ignore musicality. Not so this collection; it's good listening, as well as a tremendous resource for all of us. Alan did an amazing job. Edited June 8, 2005 by Jim Besser Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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