Castaway (His Associates Limited DC-73-133) 1973

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With its simple arrangements and minimal instrumentation, this split album with talented artists on both sides is sure to appeal to folk music fans. First up is singer-songwriter Mike Monroe, who serves up five tunes, four of them originals. His talent as an acoustic guitarist is clear, and on his cover of Paul Stookey’s “John Henry Bosworth,” he plays banjo as well. Monroe’s songwriting ability especially shines on the dreamy “Rus.” He’s joined by Phil Kitchen on 12-string guitar and background vocals, and Dave Riley on bass. Side two features Fred and Anne Vagle. Ann sings and adds some nice touches on recorder, piano, and percussion, while Fred plays the guitar and adds occasional vocals. They also get help from Phil Kitchen and Dave Riley. Anne’s beautiful, clear voice is showcased on tracks like “Simple Gifts” and the minor key ballad “The Willow,” one of two songs penned by the Vagles. A Paul Stookey tune makes an appearance here too; this time it’s a version of his “Sebastian.” –David Overstreet

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIKE MONROE SIDE

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I’d Give You Love3:36
1-2John Henry Bosworth3:51
1-3All the Sweet Dreams3:56
1-4Rus3:40
1-5Strong in My Weakness2:37

 

 

FRED AND ANN VAGLE SIDE

Tracks:

 

Song #Song TitleTime
1-1I’d Give You Love3:36
1-2John Henry Bosworth3:51
1-3All the Sweet Dreams3:56
1-4Rus3:40
1-5Strong in My Weakness2:37

 

 

A special thank you to David for providing the music & the picture for Special Treasure.

 

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