Hamilton Camp - Paths Of Victory (1964)

Hamilton Camp was an English-American singer-songwriter and actor.

Hamilton Camp was born in London in 1943, and was evacuated to America during the war. As well as taking up music, he became a child actor on film and on stage, and went on to maintain a duel career as an actor and musician for the rest of his life. As a musician, he emerged as part of American folk revival of the early 60s - his first recording was an album with Bob Gibson from 1960, where he was billed as Bob Camp. His first real solo album didn't come until 1964, and by this time folk was starting to join forces with rock, and folk singers were evolving into singer-songwriters. 
Paths Of Victory was typical 60s American folk with its acoustic guitar and harmonica instrumentation, but the use of standup bass and occasional double-tracked vocals gave it a bit of extra punch. What made the album most interesting were the songs themselves. First off, only three were Camp originals, but one of these ("Pride Of Man") is considered his best-known song, and has been covered by artists as diverse as Quicksilver Messenger Service, Shawn Phillips and Gordon Lightfoot. It also included two 60s favourites - "A Satisfied Mind" (by Joe Hayes and Jack Rhodes), and Dino Valenti's counter-culture anthem "Get Together" (recorded by The Kingston Trio, Jefferson Airplane, The Youngbloods and others). However the most startling thing was that seven of the album's thirteen songs were Bob Dylan numbers. And in 1964, only one of these ("Girl From The North Country") Dylan had released himself. Most of the others were being recorded by other artists as well, and Dylan's own versions would be released on archive records years later. However there are two Dylan songs here ("Guess I'm Doing Fine" and "Long Time Gone") which can be truly called obscurities to this day.

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