Roy Harper – One for All – an instrumental showing off his amazing guitar technique.
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Well it is not completely an instrumental – but near enough. It was written for Albert Ayler and ambiguously titled ‘One for Al’
This is great to see up close Roy’s technique, great guitar-work, fabulous chord changes and a unique style. He was right up there with Davey Graham, John Renbourn and Bert Jansch and could have gone down that route if his poetry and songwriting hadn’t been so good and eclipsed the guitar playing.
He is a consummate musician. He has the ear, technique and imagination. I used to love seeing this performed live. He tore into it.
Soft and low the sun is setting
Deep into the sky we travel apart
As I sit here softly wakeful
Thinking of the ones I’ve loved on my way
How my dreaming longs to see you
Carnival of memories
Sat here in this dusk I see you
Meaning all those things you mean to me
This is another one of those great rediscovered Harper films. Brilliant. What a genius.
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537 Essential Rock Albums Pt. 1
Opher’s tributes to Rock Geniuses
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