Midnight Man was Davy Graham's second album on Decca Records, after 1964's groundbreaking Folk, Blues & Beyond. Like its predecesor, it explored territory which bordered folk, jazz, blues and world music, with Graham's guitar and vocals backed by acoustic bass and drums. In comparison, it could be said that Midnight Man has a bit more focus on the rhythm & blues side of his music, with an overall harder edge than Folk, Blues & Beyond. Indeed it includes some of his best blues cuts, with familiar standards such as "Stormy Monday" and "Money Honey" re-invented by his fantastic guitar style and inventive arrangements.
The album also includes a cover of The Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You" and two strong original songwriting efforts ("No Preacher Blues" and "Hummingbird"). A couple of the songs also see his playing electric guitar instead of his usual acoustic.
Overall, a solid follow-up.
Folk, Blues & Beyond (1964) <|> Large As Life And Twice As Natural (1968)
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