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Happy and Artie Traum

  • Happy and Artie Traum [Capitol, 1970] B-
  • Hard Times in the Country [Rounder, 1975] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Happy and Artie Traum [Capitol, 1970]
This sounds like a great big warm thank you from folk music to the Band, as well it might--how else do you think these ringleaders of the Woodstock fraternity got to cut their own album with the big company? B-

Hard Times in the Country [Rounder, 1975]
If you're a sucker for folkie nonsense--ramblin' mythopoeia, articulated sentiment, purty tunes--you might as well buy it from real folkies on a real, struggling folkie label. Bonus: "Gambler's Song," Artie's uncharacteristically ironic tale of anomie, which ought to be recorded by somebody who'll get it heard. B-