Davey Graham EP

To celebrate the 6th annual Record Store Day on Saturday 20th April Topic Records have released a 50th anniversary limited edition 7″ vinyl single of DAVY GRAHAM‘s historic and extraordinarily influential 3/4 AD. This astonishing recording includes the original recording of Graham’s signature tune – ‘Angi’, alongside ‘Davy’s Train Blues’ and a wonderful duet with ALEXIS KORNER on the title track.

‘Angi’ was composed by the 19 year-old Graham whilst holidaying in the South of France and missing his girlfriend. The tune quickly became the ‘test piece’ for all aspiring finger-style guitarists on the British folkscene.

This modest little EP recorded in the Camden Town kitchen of Bill Leader’s Mum in 1962 captured Davy Graham at the exact moment of his unique guitar invention. Three instrumental pieces that helped to define modern British folk-blues and would influence a generation of guitarists, from Bert Jansch, Martin Carthy and Paul Simon to Jimmy Page, Pete Townshend and Johhny Marr.

Topic Records

Excellent news, especially for those of us who remember LPs and sleeve notes; Topic Records are to publish digital booklets for each album available for digital download. Topic has always had the underlying philosophy of making traditional-based music as widely available as possible.

In January 2013, 84 archive albums will be available to download complete with new digital booklets. Each month throughout the year Topic intends to publish further ‘currently out of print’ albums from their archive and make available digital booklets for all current releases, artist by artist, as well as new ‘themed’ digital collections. Currently, digital delivery all too often separates the audio recording from all artwork, documentation and sleeve-notes. The plan at Topic is to restore and include all of the information that originally accompanied the vinyl release and wherever possible add photographs and ephemera from their archive.