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Re-Inventions: Best Of The Vanguard Years
Sandy Bull
Re-Inventions: Best Of The Vanguard Years
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Sandy Bull's 1965 LP Inventions remains one of those legendary albums that almost no one has heard. Its impact, however, can be scene in the title of this new compilation spotlighting a great unsung hero of "psychedelic fo...  more »

      
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All Artists: Sandy Bull
Title: Re-Inventions: Best Of The Vanguard Years
Members Wishing: 6
Total Copies: 0
Label: Vanguard Records
Original Release Date: 1/26/1999
Release Date: 1/26/1999
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 015707952026, 090204989164

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Sandy Bull's 1965 LP Inventions remains one of those legendary albums that almost no one has heard. Its impact, however, can be scene in the title of this new compilation spotlighting a great unsung hero of "psychedelic folk." "Blend," the 22-minute opus from 1963 that opens this disc, surely fits that designation, perfectly blending folk, jazz, and Indian influences into what Bull called "new guitar raga." An eclectic virtuoso who switched from acoustic guitar to banjo to Stratocaster to oud (mostly backed solely by jazz drummer/Ornette Coleman crony Billy Higgins), Bull was all over the musical map. Thus the beautiful, soothing bossa nova of "Manha de Carnival" gives way to German classical music, which is supplanted by a cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis." The cream of Bull's first three albums can be found here. When those old records were in stores, it's a good bet Leo Kottke, Mark Knopfler, Richard Thompson, George Harrison, and Jerry Garcia were taking notes. --Bill Holdship

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CD Reviews

A Fantastic Original
10/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"My old college roomie in New Haven had this album in the mid-sixties, and Sandy was just about the most incredible guitarist we'd ever heard (and both of us played). If you've never heard or heard of this guy, you are in for a special ride. The fabulous, magical cut of "Memphis" -- quietly ethereal, sliding back and forth like Chuck Berry off in some cloud dream -- has haunted me for over 35 years, and it alone is worth ten times the price of this album."
OH MY GOD! HE LIVES!
Paul Galioni | Susanville/Nevada City, California | 03/03/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Tears in my eyes is how I can best describe finding this album -- I was just about to pay just over 50 dollars for his vinyl with Blend and Little Maggie and Camina Brauna on it --and thought I ought to check one last time before I pushed the 'buy' button -- and here it was! And I didn't even need to worry about finding a turn table! Camina Brauna is, well, beyond words, and Little Maggie is one of those tunes I have been trying to play on the banjo for the past 20 years -- sets my foot tapping and makes my insides turn to Jell-O -- and makes me feel all crazy inside. Can't think of ANY tune that tops this. The wonder is that this album EVER went out of print! As an understatement all I can say is: He sure is a pretty amazing and talented musician."
Long live the bull
G. Hammerstone | blue ridge | 02/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i almost peed myself when i found this album was recollected. i thought Sandy had bought the farm but bless the soul that has put this CD together! The Bull is an artist's artist. What can you say about a guy who plays Carmina Burana on the BANJO! and then slips into a Chuck Berry smoker on the electric guitar?? You gotta admire a guy who can jam with himself. Buy it."