Roger Mcguinn | 22 Timeless Tracks From The Folk Den Project

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22 Timeless Tracks From The Folk Den Project

by Roger Mcguinn

When you don't have the hours to listen to all 100 songs recorded for the 4cd box set, the folk den project, here is a 70 minute alternative.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Wanderin Roger McGuinn
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2. Follow the Drinking Gourd Roger McGuinn
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3. Oh Freedom Roger McGuinn
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4. Railroad Bill Roger McGuinn
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5. Cane Blues Roger McGuinn
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6. Coffee Grows on Wild Oak Trees Roger McGuinn
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7. Waltzing Maltida Roger McGuinn
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8. Ezekiel Saw A Wheel Roger McGuinn
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9. Mighty Day Roger McGuinn
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10. Down By The Riverside Roger McGuinn
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11. The Colorado Trail Roger McGuinn
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12. So Early In The Spring Roger McGuinn
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13. Lilly of The West Roger McGuinn
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14. Stewball Roger McGuinn
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15. St. James Infirmary Roger McGuinn
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16. Drunken Sailor Roger McGuinn
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17. Silver Dagger Roger McGuinn
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18. Wild Mountain Thyme Roger McGuinn
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19. James Alley Blues Roger McGuinn
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20. The Cruel War Roger McGuinn
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21. The John B's Sails Roger McGuinn
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22. The Boll Weevil Roger McGuinn
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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When Rolling Stone reviewed Roger McGuinn’s, The Folk Den Project they called it “…near perfect.” Now when you don't have the hours to listen to all 100 songs recorded on the 4-CD box set, here is a 70 minute alternative. McGuinn has picked 22 favorite tracks to put on one CD.

As an added bonus not recorded on THE FOLK DEN PROJECT, Barry McGuire trades verses with Roger on the sharecropper blues The Boll Weevil - a rare McGuinn and McGuire recording.

Be sure to listen for the live thunder on the song Oh Freedom, recorded during an afternoon thunder storm. Roger kept the rolling sound on the track.


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Bruce Kula

The Persistence of (McGuinn's) Memory
It’s ironic that the cover of 22 Timeless Tracks has a Dalí-inspired melting watch on it: Dalí, with his high detail and dense symbolism, is one of the last artists I’d link with Roger McGuinn. If McGuinn were a painter, he’d be not Dalí but Picasso, who loved primitive art and complained that artists before him had forgotten how to simplify.

You can hear that in the quintessential McGuinn guitar solo (such as in “The Cruel War”), which is the song’s melody played plainly on his Rickenbacker 12-string. Imagine Picasso, in stages, reducing a bull to a few thin black lines.

Or listen to McGuinn (daringly) take on “Waltzing Matilda”. We often hear it played fancily with a new jazz chord every bar or two; McGuinn distills it to a handful of tritone chords, and, as befits a national anthem, respectfully renders it undanceable.

But he’s no primitive. He reminds us how he can paint images with sound, creating wheels within wheels in “Ezekiel Saw a Wheel”. He doesn’t mind showing off a little, making a $32 guitar sparkle in “Railroad Bill”. McGuinn’s idea of the folk process goes beyond telling a new story: “Wild Mountain Thyme”, which he turned into a rock ballad in the ‘60s, is a bouncy reggae tune here.

Every track but one was previously released on the magnificent 100-song Folk Den Project 1995–2005. The new one is a friendly Barry McGuire and McGuinn duet on “The Boll Weevil”. It’s one reason why you want 22 Timeless Tracks even if you already own the big package.

You might want it also because these songs never sounded so good. Perhaps the result of a different mastering process, the new CD has a richer sound to my ear than the earlier collection.

Finally, 22 Timeless Tracks has the appeal of being a cream-of-the-crop selection, hand picked by the man himself. This is what sounds good to McGuinn. Who am I to argue? Sounds good to me, too.

David Montrose

McGuinn Flies Again
The great thing about this record is that it captures the essence of traditional folk music while also infusing it with fresh relevance in the form of Roger McGuinn's distinctive voice and unmistakable artistry. It is a perfect storm of the old and the new, a mix of old-time banjos and McGuinn jingle-jangle that is, in fact, truly timeless and, more important, just plain fun.