In their native
Canada, Allan Fraser and Daisy Debolt are revered in the folk world by
those lucky enough to have seen them perform. They influenced other
musicians mostly from their live performances, not their recordings,
and if it's true that they were even better live than on this LP, I'll
gladly trade the entire "F" section of my collection for a video.
(Aaron Milenski, Lama
Yes, Fraser & Debolt are
a part of the folk history, although they were never famous, not even in the
underground or folk circles. They released two LPs, on titled "Fraser
& Debolt with Ian Gunther" in 1971 and "With Pleasure" two
years later. It's very difficult to find another duo based on lead and
harmony vocals, singing with more joy, so full of the life, the love
and the music they were making. You can find a lot of reviews
if you search a little, but all of them are about their first LP (you
can find it here).
Everyone agrees that this was their masterpiece and rightly so:
everything was perfect in this album, even the mistakes they made.
Anyway here is their second LP: never reisssued of course, it
waits its turn to be discovered and appreciated by the music lovers.
Yes, it's different than their first: there are not just acoustic
guitars, fiddle and vocals, but there are bass and drums, even
saxophone in a couple of songs! That doesn't mean that they tried to
make a "rock" record - they're still in the folk territory, only this
time they made an attempt to a more full sound. Maybe it was not as
magical as their debut, but it sure had its moments. You can
find Fraser & Debolt's discography here, but click on the
link for Daisy Debolt's site. Visit, as well, Alan Fraser's myspace
page, they're still active, with an impressive discography
and background and still have amazing voices!
are the credits from F & D site: Allan Moy Engineer
Patrick Godfrey Harpsichord, Organ, Piano John Savage Drums Lowell Fox
Guitar, Harmonica, Piano Andrew Hermant Banjo Dennis Pendrith Bass
(Acoustic), Bass (Electric) Daisy DeBolt Guitar, Vocals, Piano George
Calvert Hand Dobro, Pedal Steel Joe Mendelson Harmonica Joe Ferguson
Clarinet (Bass), Flute, Sax (Alto), Sax (Tenor), Sax (Soprano) Mark
Smith Engineer Allan Fraser Guitar, Vocals Bruce Pennycook