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Jim Couza: Brightest and Best

Jim Couza: Brightest and Best (Greenwich Village GVR 211)

Brightest and Best
An Anthology of Hammered Dulcimer Music
Jim Couza

Greenwich Village Records GVR 211 (LP, UK, 1982)

Produced by Paul Downes and Jim Couza;
Recorded by Bill Leader at Leader Sound Studios, Greetland, Halifax, Yorkshire, on January 6-8, 1982;
Mastered by Tony Bridge at PRT Studios, London;
Front cover photo by Pat Roberts;
Rear cover photo and sleeve notes by Julie Copleston;
Sleeve design by Chris Groom

Musicians

Jim Couza, vocals [3, 5, 9], hammered dulcimer;
Phil Beer, bass [3-4, 7], fiddle [4, 6], mandolin [4, 6], electric guitar [7, 12];
Paul Downes, acoustic guitar [4, 6, 10], cello [5-7], mandolin [5-7]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. French Canadian Medley: Joyeaux de Quebec / Glise à Sherbrook / Reel du Jeunes Marriéd (3.03)
  2. Lao Pan (2.38)
  3. Brightest and Best (3.39)
  4. Sweet Georgia Brown (3.31)
  5. Captain Kydd (3.25)
  6. Irish Medley: Woman of Ireland / Planxty Howard Glasser / The Merry Blacksmith / Drowsy Maggie (5.38)
  1. Soldiers Joke (3.00)
  2. Prelude No. 1 (from The Well Tempered Clavier) (3.30)
  3. The Seasons of Peace (3.48)
  4. Pennsylvania Medley: What the Devil Ails You? / ‘Old Piss’ / The Snouts and Ears of America / Quadrille No 37 / Rolling off a Log (3.14)
  5. Rumanian Tune (2.17)
  6. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Theme for Lester Young) (6.05)

All tracks trad. arr. Jim Couza except;
Track 4 tune Ben Bernie, Maceo Pinkard, lyrics Kenneth Casey;
Track 7 Jim Couza;
Track 8 Johann Sebasian Bach arr. Jim Couza;
Track 9 ‘Fiddler’ Bob Beers;
Track 12 Charles Mingus

> Folk Music > Records > Jim Couza: Friends & Neighbours

Jim Couza: Friends & Neighbours

Jim Couza: Friends & Neighbours (Greenwich Village GVR 221)

Friends & Neighbours
Jim Couza

Greenwich Village Records GVR 221 (LP, UK, 1983)

Produced by Mazlyn Jones, Joe Stead and Jim Couza;
Recorded by Mazlyn Jones at Isle of Light Studios, Cornwall, on November 26-30, 1983;
Mastered by Tony Bridge at PRT Studios, London;
Sleeve design by Chris Groom

Musicians

Jim Couza, vocals [1, 3-4, 6, 8, 10, 13], hammered dulcimer [1-5, 7, 9, 11-13], muted hammered dulcimer [8], synthesiser [1];
acoustic guitar [6];
Mazlyn Jones, synthesiser [1, 3, 13], chorus [1, 3], vocals [6], special effects [4];
Dan Fone, synthesiser [1, 3], piano [6, 8], bass [6, 12], fair organ [6], acoustic guitar [8], slide guitar [8], chorus [1, 3];
Guy Evans, harmonium [1], drums [6, 8], siren [6];
Mick Tems, melodeon [5, 12], piano [5, 7];
Joe Scott, vibro-slap [6];
The Imaginary Menagerie [8]

Tracks

Side 1Side 2
  1. Chariots (3.37)
  2. Windhover (2.45)
  3. Call Me the Whale (3.47)
  4. Water Lily (4.00)
  5. Madame Bonepart (3.00)
  6. The Abysinian Desert Monkey Rag (2.37)
  1. Pumpkin Creek (2.00)
  2. The Barnyard Dance (2.35)
  3. Golden Slippers (1.50)
  4. Ballad of Lewis Mills (4.10)
  5. Christine (1.57)
  6. Wexford Carol / Masons Apron (3.21)
  7. Friends and Neighbours (3.50)

Track 1 Bob Zentz;
Tracks 2, 11 Jim Couza;
Track 3 Copyright Control;
Track 4 Henry Lawson, Priscilla Herdman;
Tracks 5, 7, 9, 12-13 trad. arr. Jim Couza;
Track 6 Jeff Aesthena;
Track 8 Carl Martin;
Track 10 Dwayne Thorpe;