The Holy Modal Rounders - Self Titled LP
Recent reissue on 180 gram vinyl.
4 Men With Beards Records
Although the Rounders' first two records are their most "traditional" outings, one has to keep in mind that within the context of the early-'60s acoustic folk scene, they were quite maverick in their approach to old-time music. The debut has the edge over the follow-up, because of more memorable material, whether the arch wackiness of "Mister Spaceman" or the slightly off-kilter interpretations of old classics like "The Cuckoo." The guitar and fiddle playing are quite accomplished; what gives this its modern edge are the irreverent, slightly comic vocals, which emphasize actual fun over authenticity.