First Second & Third: The Complete Three Decca LPs 1964-1966

First Second & Third: The Complete Three Decca LPs 1964-1966

by Julie Felix
     
 

Although California-born, Julie Felix found herself in Britain smack dab in the middle of the folk revival in the mid-'60s, and with her serviceable voice and exotic good looks, she was soon a poster girl for the U.K. scene itself, releasing an album a year for Decca Records between 1964 and 1966, all three of which are collected here in this two-disc set. Felix… See more details below

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Although California-born, Julie Felix found herself in Britain smack dab in the middle of the folk revival in the mid-'60s, and with her serviceable voice and exotic good looks, she was soon a poster girl for the U.K. scene itself, releasing an album a year for Decca Records between 1964 and 1966, all three of which are collected here in this two-disc set. Felix wasn't Joan Baez or Judy Collins, however tempting it might be to make those comparisons, and her albums sound a bit like live sets tracked in the studio, with little embellishment, giving them at times a kind of a those-were-the-days documentary feel. Felix's faintly husky voice sounds fine but gets a bit generic, and the same could be said of her guitar playing, and she sounded pretty much like a thousand other female folk singers on the scene at the time trying their hand at "The Riddle Song." But what Felix did have was a fine ear for recognizing a good contemporary folk song, and these three LPs are full of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Ian Tyson, Tom Paxton, Phil Ochs, Donovan, and Bert Jansch, among others, as well as several selections from the Woody Guthrie songbook. Nothing here really sets the world on fire, but Felix rises well above the ordinary on versions of Jansch's "Needle of Death," Tyson's "Someday Soon," and a jaunty take on Donovan's "To Try for the Sun," and she's never less than pleasant on more traditional fare like "The Maid of Constant Sorrow" or "The Riddle Song." In the end, though, she's more of a flashback to a particular time and place than she is an enduring folk icon, which doesn't diminish what's here, but it hardly makes it essential, unless, of course, you really want to hear "The Riddle Song" one more time. A timepiece.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
Label:
Rpm-Retro
UPC:
5013929598416
catalogNumber:
841
Rank:
57562

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Masters of War
  2. The Old Maid's Song
  3. Hey Nelly Nelly
  4. Cu-Cu-Ru-Cu
  5. Tarry Town
  6. Aunt Rhodie
  7. Pastures of Plenty
  8. Tell Old Bill
  9. Ship in the Sky
  10. Buttermilk Hill
  11. Sally Don't You Grieve
  12. Don't Think Twice It's Alright
  13. The Riddle Song
  14. Plane Crash at Los Gatos
  15. Someday Soon
  16. Needle of Death
  17. The Young Ones Move
  18. Guantanamera
  19. The Road Makers
  20. I've Got Nothing But Time
  21. Days of Decision

Disc 2

  1. A Rumbling in the Land
  2. You Won I Lost
  3. When the Ship Comes In
  4. Port Mahon
  5. Space Girl
  6. Judge Jeffries
  7. The Last Thing on My Mind
  8. To Try for the Sun
  9. John Reilly
  10. The Fox and the Goose
  11. What Did You Learn in School Today?
  12. The Maid of Constant Sorrow
  13. The Gallows Pole
  14. My True Love
  15. One Man's Hands
  16. Going to the Zoo
  17. The Spring Hill Disaster (Ballad of Spring Hill)
  18. Mound of Your Grave
  19. Come on Billy Home
  20. I Travelled All Over This World

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