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Old 09-06-2010, 02:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default It's Folk Rock week!

The term, first coined in the mid 60's, was supposedly used to describe The Byrds' fusion of traditional folk music and rock music and would be continued by artists such as Nick Drake, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Fairport Convenion among others.

Still popular today, Wikipedia describes folk rock as "typified by clear vocal harmonies and a relatively "clean" (effects- and distortion-free) approach to electric instruments, as epitomized by the jangly 12-string guitar sound of The Byrds."

This seems to be quite a popular genre here at MB, so get posting!

I'll start you off with a couple of blatantly obvious tunes.



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Old 09-06-2010, 02:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Absolutely perfect Elliott song here, I've always loved No Name #1. It displays such alienation and loneliness in such a beautiful way.
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Old 09-06-2010, 05:23 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Love this one, my favorite song of his

Sufjan Stevens- Casimir Pulaski Day

Beautiful song

Iron & Wine- Upward Over The Mountain

One of my favorite songs ever
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:09 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Greatest song ever


Second greatest song ever


This thread would be incomplete without some Van Morrison


But no-one offers a better marriage of folk and rock than John Martyn
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:23 PM   #5 (permalink)
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^ I was wondering when someone was going to mention Mr. Martyn!

"Dragonfly" by The Thorns is one of my personal favorites. I can't find a youtube vid, but here's a link to a video on a different site.

"Dragonfly" - The Thorns
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:49 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm not very good at placing things into the appropriate genres but I think for the most part this is right.

Edit: Apparently I'm not very good at posting youtube videos.

Thought of another...

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Old 09-07-2010, 04:50 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Two Gallants - Las Cruces Jail


The Tallest Man on Earth - I Won't Be Found


José González - Cycling Trivialities


Neil Young - Old Man
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Old 09-07-2010, 08:20 AM   #8 (permalink)
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This is quiet possibly my favorite Neil Young song:

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Old 09-07-2010, 08:26 AM   #9 (permalink)
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An oldie - Suzanne by Leonard Cohen, absolutely beautiful song (Songs of Leonard Cohen, 1967)


Something newer, another touching, beautiful song, this time by Smog (Bill Callahan) - You Moved In (The Doctor Came At Dawn, 1996)


Ooh, this one was a downer...Now for something sunnier: Lambchop - Your Fucking Sunny Day (Thriller, 1997)


And the last one is intense: Woven Hand - Sparrow Falls (Consider The Birds, 2004) This whole album is great from start to finish.
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Old 09-08-2010, 02:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the guitar McGuinn's 12 String Rickenbaker guitar sound on I Feel A Whole Lot Better.



John Phillips wrote a lot of beautiful songs for the Mamas & Papas but Twelve Thirty is my favorite. Maybe because I once lived in New York City & identify with Phillips opening line: I used to live in New York City, everything there was dark & dirty. The harmony singing sounds like a band of angels especially the lead harmonizing between Denny Doherty & Cass Elliot.



Love sounded like one of many Byrds influenced Los Angeles folk rock groups on their 1966 debut album. On their next two albums Arthur Lee took Love to dizzying heights with his brilliant musical vision & Message to Pretty is only a small hint of what was to come on Da Capo & Forever Changes.

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