Bob Gibson
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Bob Gibson was one of the very early folk-singers who set to renovate the art of folk music. His first album, Offbeat Folksongs (Riverside, 1956), was followed by increasingly personal collections of material, such as I Come for to Sing (1957) and There's A Meetin' Here Tonight (1958).

Ski Songs (Elektra, 1959), a soundtrack for an imaginary film on skiing, Yes I See (1961) and At The Gate Of Horn (Elektra, 1961), a live performance with Hamilton Bob Camp, that predates the intimate style of Simon & Garfunkel by a few years, were perhaps the most original folk albums before Bob Dylan. Where I'm Bound (Elektra, 1964), mostly co-written with Shel Silverstein, was still an acoustic venture but shows the signs of an impending revolution in form and content. Alas, it was to be his last album of the decade. When he returned, with Bob Gibson (Capitol, 1970) and Funky in the Country (Legend Enterprises, 1974), his disciple the Byrds had changed forever the face of folk music.

(Translated by Ornella C. Grannis)

Bob Gibson fu uno dei primi folksingers del Greenwich Village a rinnovare l'arte della musica folk. Al suo primo album, Offbeat Folksongs (Riverside), fecero seguito collezioni di materiale sempre pió personale.

Ski Songs (Elektra, 1959), la colonna sonora di un film mai realizzato sullo sci, e At The Gates Of Horn (Elektra, 1961), un concerto dal vivo con Bob Camp, che anticipa di alcuni anni lo stile intimo di Simon & Garfunkel, furono forse gli album folk pió originali prima di Bob Dylan.

Where I'm Bound (Elektra, 1964), scritto quasi tutto con Shel Silverstein, e' un'impresa acustica nella quale si avvertono i segni di un'imminente rivoluzione sia nella forma che nei contenuti. Una rivoluzione che lo ha lasciato dietro malgrado abbia tentato di tenere il passo con il suono elettrico.

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