I just picked up a CD by the English folk guitarist Wizz Jones - a re-issue of a 1972 recording called 'Right Now' that is rather stunning and immediate in it's sound quality. It also happens to be rather excellent music. His other disc, 'Magical Flight' is an equally crisp and pristine recording. This has gotten me to reflect on how well-recorded much of the English folk scene from this era was, and the rather definitive character inherent in these prodcutions. The recordings I own from Davy Graham, Bert Jansch, Mike Cooper, Pentangle and similar artists are uniformly excellent in sonic quality. Considering the fact that some of these date back to the early '60's, it's interesting to consider that they should easily be able to go head-to-head with many of the currently lauded audiophile recordings of modern times.
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