Life, Love & Music: 5 Essential Albums 1966-1969

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's generous 2014 double-disc set, Life, Love & Music, contains no less than five albums from folk iconoclast John Hartford: John Hartford Looks at Life, Earthwords & Music, The Love Album, Housing Project, and John Hartford, all released between 1966 and 1969. During this era, Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" turned into a standard due to Glen Campbell's cover, and Hartford's original is here on Earthwords & Music. Its success allowed an already eccentric singer/songwriter to get even stranger; by the time this stint wrapped up, he was writing mock fugues and cramming his song titles with five-dollar words. The records after Earthwords also ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Raven's generous 2014 double-disc set, Life, Love & Music, contains no less than five albums from folk iconoclast John Hartford: John Hartford Looks at Life, Earthwords & Music, The Love Album, Housing Project, and John Hartford, all released between 1966 and 1969. During this era, Hartford's "Gentle on My Mind" turned into a standard due to Glen Campbell's cover, and Hartford's original is here on Earthwords & Music. Its success allowed an already eccentric singer/songwriter to get even stranger; by the time this stint wrapped up, he was writing mock fugues and cramming his song titles with five-dollar words. The records after Earthwords also displayed a slight influence from Campbell's Hollywood Cowboy, finding plenty of room for strings and other wide-screen flair. Unlike, say, Mickey Newbury, Hartford did have a bit of show biz flair to him, something that arose on these later records, and that's what makes this all interesting: it's a testament to how progressive an era it was, with the definition of folk and country expanding along with the sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • EAN: 9398800037724
  • Catalog Number: 377
  • Sales rank: 19,648

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Reckon (1:20)
  2. 2 Today (3:16)
  3. 3 A Man Smoking a Cigar (2:03)
  4. 4 Untangle Your Mind (2:03)
  5. 5 Like Unto a Mockingbird (2:53)
  6. 6 I Shoulda Wore My Birthday Suit (1:51)
  7. 7 The Tall Tall Grass (2:26)
  8. 8 Front Porch (2:00)
  9. 9 Eve of My Multiplication (1:49)
  10. 10 When the Sky Began to Fall (3:51)
  11. 11 Corn Cob Blues (2:36)
  12. 12 Minus the Woman (2:57)
  13. 13 Jack's in the Sack (2:09)
  14. 14 (Good Old Electric) Washing Machine (Circa 1943) (2:08)
  15. 15 Love Song in 2/4 Time (1:38)
  16. 16 Daytime of Life (5:22)
  17. 17 Who's That (1:52)
  18. 18 There Are No Fools in Heaven (Anyman's Inferno) (4:30)
  19. 19 Earthwords (1:43)
  20. 20 Gentle on My Mind (3:05)
  21. 21 Naked in Spite of Myself (3:09)
  22. 22 How Come You're Being So Good to Me (2:05)
  23. 23 No End of Love (3:21)
  24. 24 Left-Handed Woman (1:39)
  25. 25 Baking Soda (1:29)
  26. 26 Why Do You Do Me Like You Do? (2:29)
  27. 27 The Six O'clock Train and a Girl With Green Eyes (2:41)
  28. 28 Springtime All Over Again (2:12)
  29. 29 Landscape Grown Cold (2:20)
  30. 30 The Eve of Parting (2:35)
  31. 31 I Would Not Be Here (2:18)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Natural to Be Gone (1:48)
  2. 2 Empty Afternoon of Summer Longing (2:20)
  3. 3 A Simple Thing As Love (2:55)
  4. 4 Windows (2:30)
  5. 5 Prayer (1:29)
  6. 6 Love is Sweeter (2:49)
  7. 7 Housing Project (1:21)
  8. 8 I'm Still Here (2:50)
  9. 9 Crystallia Daydream (3:08)
  10. 10 The Girl With the Long Brown Hair (2:31)
  11. 11 I Didn't Know the World Would Last This Long (4:12)
  12. 12 The Sailboat Song (1:39)
  13. 13 The Category Stomp (2:15)
  14. 14 Go Fall Asleep Now (3:05)
  15. 15 My Face (2:18)
  16. 16 Big Blue Balloon (2:56)
  17. 17 In Like Of (2:50)
  18. 18 Shiny Rails of Steel (2:12)
  19. 19 Dusty Miller Hornpipe and Fugue in a Major for Strings, Brass and 5-Str (2:10)
  20. 20 I've Heard That Tearstained Monologue You Do There By the Door Before Y (3:45)
  21. 21 The Collector (3:23)
  22. 22 A Short Sentimental Interlude (1:08)
  23. 23 Mr. Jackson's Got Nothing to Do (2:44)
  24. 24 Open Road Ode (2:29)
  25. 25 Little Piece in D (2:50)
  26. 26 The Poor Old Prurient Interest Blues (2:42)
  27. 27 The Wart (0:56)
  28. 28 Railroad Street (2:18)
  29. 29 Another Short (But Not So Sentimental) Interlude (0:44)
  30. 30 Orphan Of World War Two (2:41)
  31. 31 The Little Old Lonesome Little Circle Song (1:47)
  32. 32 I Didn't Know The World Would Last This Long (3:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Hartford Primary Artist, Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Kazoo, Sitar, Vocals
Norman Blake Guitar
James Burton Dobro, Guitar
Roy Huskey Bass
Kenneth Buttrey Drums
Technical Credits
John Hartford Composer
Al Capps Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Felton Jarvis Producer
Cam Mullins String Arrangements
Keith Glass Liner Notes
Warren Barnett Mastering
Rick Jarrad Producer
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