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|Ian & Sylvia|
Four Strong Winds
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
They may no longer be household names, but once Ian and Sylvia Tyson strummed beside the folk revival's elite. Those familiar with the complete basement recordings of Bob Dylan and the Band can attest to Dylan's affection ... more »
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They may no longer be household names, but once Ian and Sylvia Tyson strummed beside the folk revival's elite. Those familiar with the complete basement recordings of Bob Dylan and the Band can attest to Dylan's affection for their repertoire, both original and traditional. The feeling was mutual. The duo was the first to record the Dylan classic "Tomorrow Is a Long Time" (included here). The title cut has become a standard, and it's fascinating to hear it beside the traditional songs that shaped the melody and lyric. Ian and Sylvia's harmonies may sound a bit dated in a folksy way, but their influence is evident in much of the early '60s folk and early '70s singer/songwriter movements. --Roy Kasten
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Wonderful Step Back To The Original Folk Duo Of The Sixties!
Barron Laycock | Temple, New Hampshire United States | 07/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is an album that is an absolute necessity for the real folk enthusiast, and also a wonderful listening experience for anyone interested in a wonderful and very talented folk duo performing just as they emerged into their own special limelight. Both Ian and Sylvia are Canadians, and at the time of this album were husband and wife. The music is simply magical, although a bit uneven, but the title cut of "Four Strong Winds" is worth the price of the CD alone. I also especially like "Spanish Is The Loving Tongue", a song Judy Collins has done a wonderful cover of. The whole song cycle on the CD is interesting, eclectic, and worth the listen. A few of the songs take a little time to warm up to and appreciate, but a few plays will have you unexpectedly humming them in the car until you can memorize the words. Incidentally, everyone from Neil Young to John Denver to Judy Collins has recorded "Four Strong Winds", but although I prefer Judy Collin's version to all the others, the one on this CD is the definitive version. After all, Ian Tyson wrote it! Enjoy!"
Folk Music Supreme
Robert Morris | Dallas, Texas | 06/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard them play when I attended a concert more than 30 years ago. Immediately afterward, I bought this album and then all others as they became available. My tastes in folk music are rather eclectic. For whatever it may be worth to those who read this review, I would rank Ian and Sylkvia in the company of Leadbelly, the Weavers, Bud and Travis, Odetta, and others who finally received appropriate recognition in the 1960s. Every cut on this album is superb."
An essential recording
Old Folkie | Quebec, Canada | 04/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think Four Strong Winds is one of the best folk albums ever - I still have the original 33 1/3 LP recording."