Treasures from the Folk Den

Treasures from the Folk Den

by Roger McGuinn


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Roger McGuinn’s compilation of traditional music is a treasure indeed. It has the rich feel of a lovingly pieced-together tapestry, weaving together familiar old songs with an all-star cast of folksingers and players. It’s a pure joy to listen to, sing along with, and hum for hours later. The CD combines McGuinn’s classy 12-string guitar, 5-string banjo, and vocals with contributions from Joan Baez, Odetta, Jean Ritchie, Josh White Jr., Pete Seeger, Judy Collins, Tommy Makem, and others. "Cane Blues" is a standout, as is "Dink’s Song," "Whiskey in the Jar," "The Virgin Mary," "Pete’s Song," "Finnegan’s Wake," and the haunting "Fair Nottamun Town." And then there is Odetta singing "Sail Away Lady," with an intensity and genuineness that on its own would make this CD worth owning. The recordings are not slick or precious; they are the real thing, recorded with portable equipment by McGuinn as he visited each of his old friends to record a song. Each has an immediacy, intimacy, and sense of presence that gives every song the feel of a live performance, and indeed, some of the musicians' chatter between takes heightens that feel for the listener. There are more elaborate compilations, to be sure, and many that are so overproduced as to strip the songs of their life and soulfulness. This is not one of those. Treasures from the Folk Den gives us music that is accessible to anyone, and it belongs in the collection of everyone who either cares about traditional music, or who just wants to have a sense of what the best of this golden sound is like without pretense. Find out why it is called folk music. This one’s a keeper. --Elena Pinto Simon

Product Details

Release Date: 08/28/2001
Label: Appleseed Records
UPC: 0611587104625
catalogNumber: 1046
Rank: 112190

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roger McGuinn   Primary Artist
Odetta   Track Performer
Joan Baez   Track Performer
Judy Collins   Track Performer
Jean Ritchie   Track Performer
Pete Seeger   Track Performer
Frank Hamilton   Track Performer
Tommy Makem   Track Performer
Eliza Carthy   Track Performer
Mary Hamilton   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Big Bill Broonzy   Composer
Joan Baez   Composer
Judy Collins   Composer
Richard M. Jones   Composer
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Traditional   Composer

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Treasures from the Folk Den 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
McGuinn deserves credit for making this recording of folk icons singing folk classics. It weakness is that it is so respectful that it lacks excitement. I wish Roger had fired up his electric 12 string on at least half the cuts. I saw him play solo about 10 years ago and he was excellent.Some of that live energy would have helped here.