I was horrified to read tonight about the death of John Stewart.
The BBC news site describes him as the writer of Daydream Believer and former Kingston Trio member but he was so much more than that. From the late 60’s on he released a string of excellent solo albums in that grey area between folk, country, singer/songwriter and soft rock. On the Allmusic site they describe the moods of his music as literate, earthy, bittersweet, reflective, intimate, earnest. That sums him up pretty well but I don’t expect the average post-punk/new wave fan will be that bothered. Well, there will be more of that in a couple of days but just for today I’m going to stray from the “brand”.
I grew up with John Stewart’s music because I had an older brother who bought all his records. Here’s a small selection of some of my favourites.
mp3: John Stewart - July, You’re A Woman
mp3: John Stewart - The Last Campaign Trilogy
mp3: John Stewart - California Bloodlines
mp3: John Stewart - Mother Country
These are taken from the 1974 Phoenix Concerts album. To quote the Allmusic review: “John Stewart' Phoenix Concerts is regarded as one of the classic live records of the folk singer/songwriter genre, and it's easy to see why.”
For the curious here is his not entirely serious version of Daydream Believer from 1971, well after The Monkees version.
mp3: John Stewart - Daydream Believer
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