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View Poll Results: Vote for a FAIR album before Sept 14
Hako Yamasaki 0 0%
Valravn 1 20.00%
Bob Dylan 3 60.00%
Ali Farka Tourè + Ry Cooder 0 0%
Mamani Keita 0 0%
Spires That In The Sunset.. 1 20.00%
Nico 0 0%
Ofra Haza 0 0%
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Old 09-08-2011, 09:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Vote for a FAIR album before Sept. 14

Every two weeks the Folk And International Roots Album Club will vote for an album that they will listen to and discuss in the coming weeks.
Anyone can vote in this poll, but if you vote, please follow through and be ready to discuss whichever album wins the poll.
These are the candidates to choose from :-

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Hako Yamasaki - Tsunawatari



This is an album by Japanese singer/songwriter Hako Yamasaki. Strikingly beautiful, melancholic, and not in English. This record employs some of the standard 1970s studio tricks, but for the most part, it's a true folk record featuring just the artist and her guitar.

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Koder Pa Snor by Valravn



I have for you some new version of folk, there exists even name for this genre - folktronic.
Valravn is band from Denmark and Faroe Islands, they combinate traditional folk instruments with electronic music. I enjoy music with non-english lyrics, it's fresh change.
Unique sound and when it comes to live concert, they create evening full of energy. Their live playing was one of the best concerts I have ever seen.
It's folk for open-minded music freaks so I love this album from start to finish.
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"Nashville Skyline"- Bob Dylan



An important album in Dylans' career. Dylan had been taken over by ego till God made him have that motorcycle crash.
Dylans' oversized ego crashed at the same time. When he surfaced, he was more grounded and more real. He came back with the superb rootsy classic John Wesley Harding which featured some of his best songs
The album closed with a country love song "I'll Be Your Baby Tonight" which was a prequel to "Nashville Skyline", his album of simple country songs in which his voice sounded better than ever accompanied by Nashvilles top players
The ego was gone. Here was a man making music. And it sounded good



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Talking Timbuktu - Ali Farka Touré & Ry Cooder (1994)



This one's new to me but sounds promising.
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Mamani Keita - Gagner l'argent français (Working for French Money), 2011



Mamani Keita's 3rd solo album is another extension of her expert fusion sensibilities. On Gagner l'argent français, she mixes traditional Malian folk music with western rock, funk, and electronic styles. Each of the 10 songs has an undeniably unique personality, granted in no small part by Keita's own vocal style. While she sticks closely to the traditional west-African chanting that's common in her culture, she also augments it at times to fit the eclectic blend of sounds that she fronts on this album.

Perhaps most importantly, Gagner l'argent français is an album that celebrates diversity. I have not found an official lineup for the album, though the sheer number of instruments from different cultures that can be heard throughout is a testament to this. Though it covers a lot of ground, the heart of this music comes from Africa and is an expression of Malian culture. Fun fact: Since Mamani Keita is Malian royalty, the caste system in her country technically forbids her from making music. She is the sister of the "golden voice of Africa," Salif Keita, who broke this taboo many years ago, and she naturally followed suit. I like the think the world is better off for it.



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This Is Fire (2006) by Spires That in the Sunset Rise



This Is Fire, Spires That in the Sunset Rise's most accessible album, is not only a great entry point for the band (an all-female one at that), but also free folk and avant-folk. Of course, I use the term "accessible" lightly mainly due to the fact that this album is still very experimental... Squeaky/beautiful violins, ominous guitar playing, and vocals similar to that of The Raincoats and (occasionally) the almighty Comus. This band is slowly becoming one of my favorite folk artists... along with Big Blood, Jandek, and Bert Jansch, and I hope we all get a chance to listen and discuss it in the future.
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Desertshore (1970) by Nico



You probably know of this album... So I won't say too much about it. It's experimental, folky, dark, drone-like, and it has very unique female vocals. I'll finish on a few quick notes: she's not tone-deaf (like many claim), she has the most interesting solo career out of all the other Velvets (in my opinion), and this album isn't completely murdered by her harmonium playing (such as in a few of her previous releases).
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"DESERT WIND"-OFRA HAZA



From the late Nineties, this was Ofra's attempt to reach an international market without abandoning her Israeli Mizrachi roots.
A gorgeous album, IMO. Ofra Haza passed away of Aids related illness.
Here we go, then : we have seven days and eight nominations, so let`s get voting for our next album !
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I`m going for the Dylan album this week, partly because it came so close to winning a couple of polls ago !
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I'll have to get listening to the albums I'm not familiar with!!
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Looks like we have a clear winner here, so it`s time to dust off that old copy of Nashville Skyline and give it a play.
On Sept 21, I`ll open up a discussion thread for this Dylan classic, so see you there, I hope !
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I'll have to give it a few more listens
Did you ever come across a bootleg of Johnny Cash & Bob Dylan singing together at about the time of the Skyline album?
Having listened to it a few times, I can understand why they did not release them
Cash & Dylan were good friends, but both had such distinctive singing styles that they did not really work together as a duet
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