Wednesday, June 21, 2006

David Bromberg - David Bromberg [1971] @ 192 ( American guitarist, singer -songwriter with a bent)

Not many artists get requests from established musicians to appear on their first album. So why did George Harrison (you can hear his slide guitar on "The Holdup"), Bob Dylan and bluegrass legend Norman Blake offer their services to this unknown? Because of the fact that he'd already been on dozens of albums as a session player and shown extraordinary talent.

This is, quite simply, one of the best and most confident first albums ever made, and that's saying something.

Lots a humor, great musicians having a ball with terrific songs is probably a good description. I add the ryder that the last song "Sammy's Song" is none of these, explicit and tragic and "Last Song From Selby Jean" isn't all beer and skittles either, just class.

The live version of "Delhia" is, in my view, the definitive one while the aforementioned "The Holdup" co-written with Harrison is brilliant, an unknown gem from the former Beatle.

Truly essential, so do yourself a favour.

The Hold up

Keep listening !!!


micaus said...

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Anonymous said...

Still a classic...
Thanks a million

Anonymous said...

been searching all over for this album (in my hunt for obscure harrison tracks).
thanks for the great post!!!

Anonymous said...

Not sure if you'll see this comment, but David Bromberg is one of the odder stories in music. At the height of his fame, such that it was, he retired to, if I recall correctly, learn to make violins and apprenticed in Chicago. Only in the last couple of years has he returned to live performance.

If nothing else, you know that some people look through your archives (lots of little treasures)


davef said...

I was hoping you could please re-up this great old album. Nobody else seems to have it. Thanks

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