Anji (instrumental)

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"Angi"
Song by Davy Graham
from the album 3/4 AD
Released1962
GenreFolk
Length2:27
LabelTopic
Songwriter(s)Davy Graham
"Angie"
Song by Bert Jansch
from the album Bert Jansch (album)
ReleasedApril 16, 1965
GenreFolk
Length3:15
LabelTransatlantic
Songwriter(s)Davy Graham
Producer(s)Bill Leader
"Anji"
Song by Simon & Garfunkel
from the album Sounds of Silence
ReleasedJanuary 17, 1966
RecordedDecember 13, 1965
GenreFolk
Length2:17
LabelColumbia
Songwriter(s)Davy Graham
Producer(s)Bob Johnston

"Anji" (or "Angi", "Angie" or "On gee") is an acoustic fingerstyle guitar piece composed and recorded by noted folk guitarist Davy Graham in 1961 and originally released as part of his EP debut 3/4 AD.[1] The piece is one of the most well-known acoustic blues-folk guitar pieces ever composed, with many notable artists covering it, such as Bert Jansch (included on his first, eponymous album in 1965, renamed as "Angie"[2]), John Renbourn, Paul Simon (on the Simon & Garfunkel album Sounds of Silence [3]), and Harry Sacksioni (on his Optima Forma - Live album). The song is in the key of A minor (often used with a capo at the second fret) and is notable for its trademark descending bassline. However, the original recording by Davy Graham is in the key of A with a capo at the third fret.

Parts of the tune were sampled for the Chumbawamba track "Jacob's Ladder" from their album Readymades and the anti-war single "Jacob's Ladder (Not In My Name)". The Simon and Garfunkel song "Somewhere They Can't Find Me", also on their Sounds of Silence album, opens with the guitar riff from "Anji".

References[edit]

  1. ^ data from 3/4 AD EP profile on FolkBlues site [1].
  2. ^ data from Bert Jansch album overview on Allmusic site [2].
  3. ^ data from Sounds of Silence album overview on Allmusic site [3].