The Best of Doc Watson: 1964-1968

The Best of Doc Watson: 1964-1968

by Doc Watson


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Boasting 23 tracks (three unreleased) culled from six of Watson's classic Vanguard albums, The Best of Doc Watson 1964-1968 is a great summing up of the music he made during that period and a perfect testament to his standing as a true American musical treasure. Showcasing the amazing depth of ability that Watson has made his trademark, this collection covers all the bases, including outstanding examples of his virtuosic flat-picking guitar work in great instrumentals like "Dill Pickle Rag," "Windy and Warm" and the amazingly dexterous "Beaumont Rag." A perfect synthesis of country, blues and folk, Watson bounces from haunting murder ballads like "Omie Wise" and the solemn "Tom Dooley" to lighthearted numbers like "Muskrat" and "Intoxicated Rat." Faithful covers of Jimmie Rodgers' "My Rough and Rowdy Ways" and the Carter Family's "The Cyclone of Ryecov" show the reverence with which Watson tackles the work of the masters who have inspired his music. No fan of flat-top guitar picking should be without this one in their collection.

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The Best of Doc Watson: 1964-1968 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
These early recording capture many of the facets of Watson's musical genius. Many of his signature songs and instrumentals are here. If you only want a sample of Doc, this CD will fill the bill. But likely you will find you are hungering for more. I feel that Doc's Vanguard and Flying Fish eras are his best. However, Memories and Remembering Merle, his tribute CD to his son Merle,on Sugar Hill are very good also. As one Rolling Stone Record Guide put it, "Doc probably couldn't make a bad record if he tried."