Overall, Midnight Man could probably have benefited from a bit more variety after all, Davy Graham practically invented the word , and there's something about his approach that makes an album of straight blues slightly inauthentic at times.
There are better places to start see above when diving into Davy Graham's phenomenal 60's output, but Midnight Man is a solid addition to a Graham collection that already includes the classics, and if you're into the man's music, there's lots to enjoy here from start to finish.
I have to start this review by saying that I would rate this album as four and a half stars if Amazon's rating system would permit that, because this album is first rate.
While not as eclectic in style as some of Graham's other albums, this disc stands out to me as one of his strongest because he focused primarily on blues oriented material.
My favorite song is probably the album opener and Graham original "No Preacher Blues", which struck a chord with me due to the lyrics as well as Graham's guitar fills at the end of the vocal parts. Simply put, the guy was amazing on the guitar.
My only complaint with this album are Graham's vocals; as I stated previously his guitar playing as always is intense and consistently amazing, but his vocals often sound halfhearted. Don't get me wrong, Davy Graham could hold a tune, but he wasn't the strongest singer I've ever heard. For instance, his vocal on "Stormy Monday" sounds like it was phoned in as opposed to some of the versions by other artists that I've heard. Then again, this seems like a small criticism, being that Davy Graham was never known for his skills as a vocalist.
To this day he is revered for having been the influence behind a generation of guitarists, and rightfully so. I for one cannot think of very many guitarists other than Hendrix that I would jump at the chance to listen to, therefore "Midnight Man" being available on CD is a blessing to me.
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