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Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond | Relax Your Mind

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Relax Your Mind

by Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond

JAPANESE IMPORT. Originally released in 1966 on the Vanguard label, "Relax Your Mind" features a "stripped down" version of Kweskin's jug band (a trio with Mel Lyman, harmonica & Fritz Richmond, washtub bass) performing an excellent cross-section of tradi
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1. Three Songs - A Look at the Ragtime Era (Sister Kate's Night Out): I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate / Heebie Jeebies / 15 Cents
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:23 $1.19
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2. Hannah
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
4:09 $1.19
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3. Bye and Bye
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:39 $1.19
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4. The Cuckoo
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
4:05 $1.19
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5. I Ain't Never Been Satisfied (feat. Marilyn Kweskin)
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
2:39 $1.19
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6. Eight More Miles to Louisville
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:02 $1.19
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7. I Got Mine
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:39 $1.19
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8. Buffalo Skinners
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
5:28 $1.19
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9. Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:10 $1.19
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10. Guabi Guabi
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:12 $1.19
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11. My Creole Belle
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
4:41 $1.19
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12. Relax Your Mind
Jim Kweskin, Mel Lyman & Fritz Richmond
3:58 $1.19
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JAPANESE IMPORT. Released in 1966, Relax Your Mind finds Jim Kweskin taking a break from his jug band for a mellow solo effort. He's joined by harp player Mel Lyman and washtub bassist Fritz Richmond for what amounts to a stripped-down jug band on a dozen tracks. Two of the tracks, "I Got Mine" and a long version of "Buffalo Skinners," were recorded live at Club 47 in Cambridge. Even stripped down, the arrangements of traditional songs like "The Cuckoo" are quite lively when placed side by side with the one-singer/one-guitar approach preferred by some revivalists. Kweskin's guitar and Richmond's bass keep time and fill in the background while Lyman adds asides and flourishes to Mississippi John Hurt's "My Creole Belle" and Grandpa Jones' "Eight More Miles to Louisville." Richmond helps out on the vocal of "Guabi Guabi," an African folk song recorded a couple years earlier by Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Marilyn Kweskin sings a fine lead on "I Ain't Never Been Satisfied." Overall, Relax Your Mind is a subdued recording, and lacks the irresponsible hijinks fans had come to expect from the Jim Kweskin Jug Band. Compared to other more traditional folk with barebones arrangements, however, Relax Your Mind is a lively affair. The album also shows that good folk recordings continued to be made after Dylan supposedly pulled the plug on the folk revival in 1965. The packaging of the 2003 reissue by Universe reprints the original liner notes and looks great.
AllMusic Review by Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr.
Source: http://www.allmusic.com/album/relax-your-mind-mw0000320197

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