Paul Clayton, Murder Ballads & the ‘Old Weird America’
One of the frustrations of being an admirer of Paul Clayton’s music is the fact that a number of his Riverside albums are not available on CD.
I find it particularly irritating that his album Bloody Ballads: Classic British and American Murder Ballads, which includes an important early version of ‘Tom Dula’ or Tom Dooley has not been re-released and given the kind of scholarly treatment it deserves.
So, if anyone out there has an MP3 version of the album, I would be very interested in getting a copy.
The same goes for his first two exceedingly rare albums – Whaling Songs and Ballads (1954) – not to be confused with his later classic album of sea shanties, Whaling and Sailing Songs from the days of Moby Dick – Waters of Tyne (1956) and Timber-r-r: Lumberjack Folk Songs & Ballads (1958).
The usual reservations apply, of course, – they would be intended purely for personal use and scholarly purposes etc. etc.