to Ramble - 2000
A value-for-money 17 Track CD using-up nearly all the available space with some classic Walker performances on ‘Raglan Road’, ‘Spoon River’ and his tribute to Doc Watson and The Carter Family, ‘Deepgap, Frontporch’! Over 70 minutes of singing and playing, arranged by Eddie Walker with him taking all vocals and playing all lead and rythmn guitar parts.
Tracks; Mind To Ramble, Raglan Road, Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness, Spoon River, It Doesn’t Matter Any More, Moaners Blues, Deepgap, Frontporch, Unwed Fathers, Brain Cloudy Blues, Do-Re-Mi, Got The Blues, Can’t Be Satisfied, On The Line, Walking In Wanchai, Melancholy, Diddy Wa Diddy, Stolen My Heart Away, Creole Belles/ Mind To Ramble.
Eddie has recorded the following work. It will tell you the original form it was made in, whether it is still available now and in what medium.
EVERYDAY MAN. (1978) A vinyl album featuring the first crop of Eddie Walker original songs including ‘North Road’, ‘Candy’, ‘Green So Green’ and ‘The Band Played On’ as well as an indication of the blues and hillbilly guitar work that would follow with ‘Nine Pound Hammer’, ‘Mississippi River Blues’ and Blind Arthur Blake’s ‘That’ll Never Happen No More’. Available now only on cassette tape.
CASTLE CAFE (1981) A vinyl album with three Blind Willie McTell ragtime blues items using 12 string guitar as well as the title track written about Eddie’s experiences on tour to Poland with Chris Rea. Also features ‘All The Old Cowboys’, a much-requested Walker original, as well as the darkly humorous ‘Bouncer’. Another Jimmie Rodgers piece, ‘Miss The Mississippi and You’ and Doc Watson’s ‘Deep River Blues’. Nick Haigh adds some fiddle and mandolin and Frank Porter, lead guitar and bass on three tracks. Available now only on cassette tape.
RED SHOES ON MY FEET (1983) The first vinyl album on Eddie’s own label, Ragged Records. ‘Richland Women Blues’ from Mississippi John Hurt, ‘You Do Me Any Old Way’ from Big Bill Broonzy and ‘Rag Mama Rag’, a Blind Boy Fuller song lifted from an album by one of Eddie’s performing heroes, Tom Rush. Four classic Walker originals still in his live set to this day. ‘My Grandfather Was A Sea Captain’, ‘Loving You’s Been So Easy’, ‘There Is Nothing You Can Do About A Broken Heart’ and the all time classic ‘Stolen My Heart Away’. ‘Big Bad Bill Is Sweet William Now’ features the vocal brass section for the first time! Also features the wonderful dobro ‘steel’ guitar of Bob Greenwood on three tracks. Available now only on cassette tape.
PICKING MY WAY (1985) Features John James on three tracks, the first time recording together before they teamed-up in Carolina Shout! The album is dedicated to the memory of Steve Goodman, Eddie’s all-time favourite, and features two pretty guitar instrumentals, ‘Judy’s Waltz’ and ‘Chinon In The Rain’ and the little-heard Buddy Holly classic ‘Lonesome Tears’. Some great hillbilly picking as well in the shape of ‘Picking My Way To Georgia’. Available now only on cassette tape.
LIVE AT THE ALBERT HOLE! (1996) A 70 minute live concert video album recorded on a single rostrum camera at the Albert Hole Folk Club in Bedminster, Bristol. Some great gutar picking to see and hear with songs both old a never-before recorded by Eddie including ‘Three Legged Man’, ‘Windy And Warm’, ‘Raglan Road’ and John Prine’s ‘Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness’ and ‘Sam Stone’. Available now only on PAL format video.
MIND TO RAMBLE (2000) A value-for-money 17 Track CD using-up nearly all the available space with some classic Walker performances on ‘Raglan Road’, ‘Spoon River’ and his tribute to Doc Watson and The Carter Family, ‘Deepgap, Frontporch’! The album is dedicated to the memory of Mississippi John Hurt, that most deceptively simple of the school of country blues players that were rediscovered in the early ‘60’s, but who inspired a whole generation to take-up the acoustic guitar and use it to entertain a new audience, just like it had been used more than 40 years before, during the first ‘blues-boom’ of the 1920’s. All the playing and singing is done by Eddie Walker with multi-layered arrangements of rythmn, picked and lead guitar to produce some fine folk music for the start of the 21st century. Available on CD only.
The complete track-listing for MIND TO RAMBLE
is as follows;
Mind To Ramble (Eddie Walker),
Raglan Road (from the poem by Patrick Kavanagh)
Speed Of The Sound Of Loneliness (John Prine)
Spoon River (from the singing of Steve Goodman by Mike Smith)
It Doesn’t Matter Any More (Buddy Holly/Pual Anka)
Moaners Blues (Bessie Smith)
Deepgap, Frontporch (a reworking of Victory Rag by the Carter Family and Doc’s Guitar by Doc Watson)
Unwed Fathers (John Prine/Bobby Braddock)
Brain Cloudy Blues (Bob Wills/Tommy Duncan)
Do-Re-Mi (Woody Guthrie)
Got The Blues Can’t Be Satisfied (Mississippi John Hurt)
On The Line (Eddie Walker)
Walking In Wanchai (Eddie Walker)
Diddy Wa Diddy (Blind Blake)
Stolen My Heart Away (Eddie Walker, taken from Carolina Shout! with John James on solo guitar)
Creole Belles/ Mind To Ramble (Mississippi John Hurt/Eddie Walker)
Over 70 minutes of singing and playing, arranged by Eddie Walker with him taking all vocals and playing all lead and rythmn guitar parts.
Other recordings that Eddie Walker appears on.
‘Folk at the Wren’. Eddie sings ‘Candy’ recorded live at the Cutty Wren Folk Club in Redcar. Released in 1979.
‘Stolen My Heart Away’. Single released byTyne Tees TV to coincide with Eddie’s appearance on ‘Songwriter’ with Ralph McTell and Georgie Fame, in 1982, and produced by Ray Jackson, then of ‘Lindisfarne’.
‘Carolina Shout!’. (1990) John James on guitars and Eddie on vocal featuring Hank Williams’ ‘Why Don’t You Love Me’ and ‘Settin’ The Woods On Fire’, Sam Cooke’s ‘Another Saturday Night’, Chuck Berry’s ‘You Never Can Tell’, Bobby Vee’s ‘Take Good Care Of My Baby’ and Bing Crosby’s ‘Pistol Packin’ Mama’ amongst other classic pop and country swing items. Available on cassette only from Stoptime Recordings Ltd, 39c Highbury Place, London, N5 1QP.
‘Sidesteppin’’. (1993) Again John James on guitars and Eddie as vocalist but with more emphasis on early country hits by the Louvin Brithers and more Hank Williams. Some great guitar instrumental by John. It just goes to show how good they were together. Real hot stuff!
‘Stirling Folk Club Live’. (1996) Eddie donated his track ‘Hesitation Blues’ to this CD production by one of his long-time favourite venues, Stirling Folk Club, to help raise money for their chosen charity. Get it direct from the Monday night event held weekly at the Terraces Hotel in Stirling. Isobel Methven is who you need to speak to. Great album also featuring Allan Taylor and the late Hamish Imlach.
‘A Full Head Of Steam’. (2000). Eddie lends his weight to this ‘various artists’ album of railway songs with ‘North Road’, from his very first album, ‘Everyday Man’. Still as fresh as the first recording of the song, it was singled-out in the Living Tradition review of AFHOS. (see biog.)
Information about album availability
and prices can be obtained from
Rgged Records, 33 The Grove, Brookfield, Middlesbrough. TS5 8DT. GB
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