R.I.P. DOC WATSON 1923-2012

Thursday, May 31, 2012


As I'm sure almost any followers of this blog are aware, the great Doc Watson passed away Tuesday. I won't go into details of his phenomenal life, those who are curious can read the New York Times obituary here.
In memory of Doc, I present the first four albums he recorded for the Vanguard label, 1964-1966. These are not my transfers, and these folders don't contain any back jacket or label scans, but I believe this incredible material speaks for itself.
Long live the music of Doc Watson!

Doc Watson
Self Titled, 1964

Tracks:

1. Nashville Blues
2. Sitting On Top Of The World
3. Intoxicated Rat
4. Country Blues
5. Talk About Suffering
6. Born About Six Thousand Years Ago
7. Black Mountain Rag
8. Little Omie Wise
9. Georgie Buck
10. Doc's Guitar
11. Deep River Blues
12. St. James' Hospital
13. Tom Dooley

*download here*

Doc Watson
Doc Watson & Son, 1965

Tracks:

1. Muskrat
2. Weary Blues
3. Fiddler's Dram, Whistling Rufus, Ragtime Annie
4. Dream Of The Miner's Child
5. Rising Sun Blues
6. Mama Blues
7. We Shall All Be Reunited
8. Little Stream Of Whiskey
9. Little Sadie
10. Beaumont Rag
11. Otto Wood The Bandit
12. Faithful Soldier
13. Memphis Blues
14. Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar

*download here*

Doc Watson
Southbound, 1966

Tracks:

1. Walk On Boy
2. Blue Railroad Train
3. Sweet Georgia Brown
4. Alberta
5. Southbound
6. Windy And Warm
7. Call Of The Road
8. Tennessee Stud
9. That Was The Last Thing On My Mind
10. Little Darling Pal Of Mine
11. Nothing To It
12. Riddle Song
13. Never No More Blues
14. Nashville Pickin'

*download here*

Doc Watson
Home Again!, 1966

Tracks:

1. Down In The Valley To Pray
2. Georgie
3. The Old Man Below
4. Katie Morey
5. F.F.V.
6. Winter's Night
7. Dill Pickle Rag
8. Sing Song Kitty
9. Froggie Went A-Courtin'
10. Pretty Saro
11. Childhood Play
12. Rain Crow Bill
13. Matty Groves
14. Victory Rag

*download here*

8 comments:

tamworthted said...

Hi Lefty and many thanks for Doc. He was one hell of an artist.
Regards TT

iggy said...

Hi Lefty. Thanks for this great Doc tribute. I have shared this story at other blogs, but it deserves retelling here: Now I gotta share one first-person Doc story. I was at Merle Fest awaiting the start of the guitar picking competition. All the contestants waited backstage as the master of ceremonies introduced Doc and asked Doc to pick a tune on the new guitar that would go to the winner. Following Doc's virtuoso performance, the MC called for contestant number one. After a lengthy delay, the MC returned and announced that "Contestant number one has lit out the back door. Apparently he thought Doc was contestant number one." To which Doc replied: "I feel right sorry for that ole boy." Pretty well sums up the man and his talent.

rocknrolf said...

Many Thanks from Germany !!!!

Paco's brother said...

Many thanks, so good music from so great musician, blind for the world not for our heart!

grizzly said...

This is one of the guys who got me into ole time and bluegrass music. The guy was great no matter what he played or sang.

Lonesome Lefty said...

Hey Iggy,

That's a great story, thanks for sharing!

LL

kurt said...

Thanks a bunch for this. I'm a cab driver in Dublin Ireland and picked up an old blues head last night who recommended Doc Watson. While I know and love many genres of music I know relatively little about the blues, except for a smattering and our own Rory Gallagher, of course. Looking forward to the education. Thanks again.

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