Joe Boyd, the American expat producer and self-proclaimed music-biz éminence grise, was present at some of pop's pivotal events. He was tour manager for Muddy Waters' first UK tour; he plugged in Dylan's electric guitar at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival; he produced Clapton's first "Crossroads", and Pink Floyd's debut "Arnold Layne"; he started the UFO club; and virtually invented British folk-rock through his stewardship of Fairport Convention, John Martyn, Nick Drake and The Incredible String Band. Accordingly, this companion compilation to his autobiography is stuffed with musical truffles from most of the above, and less characteristic production interests such as Nico's "Afraid", Dudu Pukwana's "Church Mouse", and "Andromeda" from Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - the last two reflecting his interest in expat South African jazz. The Purple Gang's "Granny Takes a Trip" and Soft Machine's "She's Gone" sit alongside "Arnold Layne" as early UK psychedelia, but it's folk-rock that dominates, from the Incredibles' "Way Back in the 1960s" to Fairport's "Autopsy".
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