All That Moody presents a comprehensive cross-section, and most probably conceived as such - a sort of Davy Graham retrospective. It was recorded in 1976, roughly a decade after the early classics from Topic and Decca and, while not quiet a lost masterpiece retrieved from oblivion like "After Hours", it is certainly a rarity in the Davy cannon. At the time Davy had moved out of town and was based down on the Kent coast. The project was instigated be a small independent company - Eron Enterprises - who presented their catalogue as "limited editions soon became collectors items", which was true enough with this release -ERON 007 - and again credit must go out to Rollercoaster for searching out the tapes and bringing them back into circulation.
The program is a kind of musical stepping-stone, going back to the early days, including a reworking of "Anji" - a nice example of contrapuntal blues playing a la "Blues for Betty" from the guitar player album re-titled "Blues For Gino" - a nod to Brownie and Sticks McGee possibly, or maybe Jimmy Yancey with a little Snooks Eaglin thrown in. A jazzy-blues "No Preacher" in the style of "Folk Blues And Beyond" material. A look back at the old street busking days with "Fingerbuster" - a raggy up-tempo bit of picking - a tip of the hat to Jessie Fuller, I would think. A classic Davy guitarististic tour-de-force, venturing into more a more progressive harmonic landscape on "Tristano", in homage to Lennie Tristano. And a move into modal explorations in the Eastern formats of "Blue Raga" and "Sunshine Raga", as well as a self-penned flamenco piece, "La Morana" - "The Dark One" - which, as far as I know, is a departure from previously recorded material.
It's good to know that Davy's back catalogue is finally being researched and systematically re-issued. It's certainly about time. Years of trying to describe the wonders of his playing to other musicians, and attempting to recreate a little in my own, are beginning to wear me down. The old recordings are, as Lightnin' Hopkins sang, "As welcome as the flowers in Mar".
Extract from booklet notes to Rollercoaster CD RCCD 3022 "All That Moody" by John Renbourn, courtesy of Rollercoaster and © 1999 Rollercoaster Records.