torsdag 15 december 2016

The Humblebums - First Collection of Merry Melodies (Eftertraktad Folkrock UK 1969)

250:- (24-Bit Limited Remaster Edition. Utgången utgåva sedan 2006. Mycket bra och eftertraktad folkrock.)

The Humblebums were a Scottish folk band, based in Glasgow. Its members included Billy Connolly, who later became a renowned stand-up comic and actor, guitarist Tam Harvey and singer/songwriter Gerry Rafferty. The band was active from the mid-1960s until the early 1970s.

Connolly co-founded the band with Harvey in the mid-1960s and played in the pubs and clubs around the city, most notably the Old Scotia Bar. Connolly sang, played banjo and guitar and entertained the audience with his humorous introductions to the songs. Harvey was an accomplished Bluegrass guitarist.

Rafferty joined later and for a short time they performed as a trio. However, the nature of the act had changed and Harvey departed shortly afterwards. The remaining duo broke up in the early 1970 after recording two albums of material: The New Humblebums and Open Up the Door, the former graced by a cover by John "Patrick" Byrne, marking the beginning of a long working relationship between the pair. 

Connolly embarked on a solo career while Rafferty recorded a low impact solo album, Can I Have My Money Back?, then formed Stealers Wheel with Joe Egan before eventually emerging as a major recording act with "Baker Street". 

A number of songs performed by Connolly on his early comedy albums originated with the Humblebums, and actual Humblebums recordings also frequently turn up on Connolly compilations. 

A number of Humblebums recordings were reissued following Connolly's rise to international stardom. 

The Rafferty tracks from this period have been released in a variety of formats, some with just Humblebum material, others adding some or all of Can I Have My Money Back?

Billy Connolly was in a band called The Skillet Lickers in the late 1960s, singing Carter Family and Jimmy Rogers stuff, before meeting Tam Harvey, a plectrum guitarist who had played in rock groups. 

They formed The Humblebums, and at one point Shetland fiddler Aly Bain was a brief "unofficial member". 

Gerry Rafferty joined the group just before Harvey left, and he and Billy recorded at least two albums together. Rafferty went on to Stealer's Wheel and hit parade success, while Connolly enchanted the world with his improvisational stand-up comedy.

01. Why Don't They Come Back To Dunoon
02. My Dixie Darling
03. Now I Feel So Old
04. Give Me A Little Of Your Time
05. Salt Coats At The Fair
06. Victory Rag
07. Will You Follow Me
08. Little Blue Lady
09. Travel Away
10. Come Drink My Wine
11. Cripple Creek
12. Close Your Eyes
13. Windy & Warm