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    20 Best Folk Music Albums of All Time

    Some interesting stuff to explore here (I know a lot of it is well known to many of us, but there are several things I haven't heard of or just want to listen to - it's mostly a good list IMO), but where are albums 8 -- 20?

    https://www.nme.com/photos/20-best-f...l-time-1409184

    I found this post on a wacky-looking forum that contains the list of 20 albums, but they're in the wrong order:

    http://www.acclaimedmusic.net/forums...pic.php?t=3913

    Fairport Convention - Liege and Leif
    Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left
    Bert Jansch – 'Bert Jansch'
    Leonard Cohen – Songs Of Leonard Cohen
    John Martyn – Solid Air
    Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
    Bright Eyes - I’m Wide Awake, It’s Morning
    Bob Dylan – The Times They Are A-Changin’
    Fotheringay – Fotheringay
    Sandy Denny – Sandy
    The Pogues – Rum Sodomy and the Lash
    Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender
    Richard and Linda Thompson – I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight
    Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads
    Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle
    Odetta – Odetta Sings Folk Songs
    Pentangle – Cruel Sister
    The Watersons – Frost and Fire
    The Weavers – At Carnegie Hall
    Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See A Darkness
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    Spirogyra's "St Radigunds" should not have been omitted, in my humble opinion.

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    No incredible String Band? Or Donovan. Hmm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Piskie View Post
    No incredible String Band? Or Donovan. Hmm.
    I agree. No Joni Mitchell's "Blue", no Cat Stevens' "Mona Bone Jakon", no Roy Harper' "Stormcock", no Tim Buckley's "Happy Sad"....

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    What is folk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelogue View Post
    What is folk?
    In fact, the genre that we call 'folk' evolved from 'folklore' during the 20th-century folk-revival. In 1846, English antique dealer William Thoms had invented the term 'folklore' to describe "the traditions, customs, and superstitions of the uncultured classes". The term further draws from the German expression volk, in the way that "the people as a whole", as used over half a century earlier by the German Romantics for national traditional music.

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    Personal Top 17 one per band

    Roy Harper - Stormcock
    Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores - Sister Death
    Comus - First Utterance
    Nick Drake - Five Leaves Left
    Leonard Cohen - New Skin for the Old Ceremony
    North Sea Radio Orchestra - I A Moon
    Neil Young - After The Goldrush
    Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice & Rats in the Loft
    Tim Buckley - Starsailor
    Heilung - LIFA
    John Martyn - Solid Air
    CSN&Y - Deja Vu
    Nico - The Marble Index
    Ill Wicker -Untamed
    Richard Thompson - Mock Tudor
    Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah
    Admirals Hard - Upon a Painted Sea
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    Quote Originally Posted by Camelogue View Post
    What is folk?
    Apparently, any rock album with an acoustic guitar on it.

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    Some of the above I've not heard, others I would have substituted something else as others have stated: Cat Stevens, Joni Mitchell, and also: Simon & Garfunkel, Jame Taylor, etc.

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    The big distinction in folk is between traditional songs and the singer songwriter variety. I like and am happy to include both and they do overlap of course. I'd add some Irish stuff as well to the list- a Planxty album or two and some Bothy Band for the tradition- Tir Na Nog for songwriting, and Horslips and Mellow Candle for a bit of folk rock! Lots of good new bands like Lankum too.

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    They're using a very broad brush for "folk", which I approve of -- though considering the Pogues folk is beyond me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    They're using a very broad brush for "folk", which I approve of --
    I was at Grooves in SF yesterday and noticed a copy of Jon Anderson's Song of Seven under "A" in the folk bins.

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    I have never heard of any Pogues' music as folk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    They're using a very broad brush for "folk", which I approve of -- t
    Yeah, very broad. All white British and American artists with the exception of Odetta. Apparently no other countries or brown people have folk music traditions. Steeleye Span is certainly in the tradition considering the material they've covered. I've never considered Roy Harper, or Tim Buckley to be folk musicians.

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    Apparently your music is forever folk music if you’ve ever once been caught playing a traditional song.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mozo-pg View Post
    I have never heard of any Pogues' music as folk.
    They're Irish FolkRock. Mostly Trad material, mixed with a Punk approach, but plenty of traditional instruments as well.

    I have them filed with my Irish Folk LPs/CDs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moecurlythanu View Post
    They're Irish FolkRock. Mostly Trad material, mixed with a Punk approach, but plenty of traditional instruments as well.

    I have them filed with my Irish Folk LPs/CDs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StarThrower View Post
    Yeah, very broad. All white British and American artists with the exception of Odetta. Apparently no other countries or brown people have folk music traditions. Steeleye Span is certainly in the tradition considering the material they've covered. I've never considered Roy Harper, or Tim Buckley to be folk musicians.
    Yeah, they could at least have thrown a Garo or NSP album in there.

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    In terms of anglosaxon Folk , I would add Folk Blues like Mississippi John Hurt or Elizabeth Cotton, Country Folk like the Carter Family and Bluegrass like Garcia/Grisman.
    For me singer/Songwriters like Neil Young and Joni Mitchell are no "real"Folkies even so the use the idiom. There is a great American Folk Anthology from the 50s compiled by Harry Smith

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    I just found this thread when I did a search for Laura Marling and was pleased to see her Once I Was An eagle album acknowledged. I love her music but it never gets discussed here.

    I saw her performing last night in London in her Lump project with Mike Lindsay of Tunng. It’s not folk, and so probably doesn’t belong here, but thought I would mention it it was great to get back to a proper gig, and their wonky psych, folk, electronica came across really well to a sold out crowd. It has far more punch live that on record,with some Mogwai levels of sonic assault.loved it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NogbadTheBad View Post
    Alec K Redfearn & the Eyesores - Sister Death
    Comus - First Utterance
    Jan Dukes de Grey - Mice & Rats in the Loft
    Tim Buckley - Starsailor
    Nico - The Marble Index
    I'm a very big fan of all of these, but I think it's a stretch to call any of them 'folk' albums, even if the artists earlier or later did more 'folk' stuff.

    YMMV. Anyway, I dig your list.
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    Well they're certainly not Woody Guthrie. They have folky elements to me. I'm a broad church kinda guy.
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    Comus & Jan Dukes De Grey are normally labelled as Acid Folk - the former seems to appeal to people who've watched the Wicker Man too many times. Neither are favourites of mine in that field.
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