A great illustration of the transition from folk to the singer/songwriter era at the end of the 60s – the overlooked Elektra
debut of Steve Noonan, an artist who hailed from the same Orange County scene as Tim Buckly and Jackson Browne, the latter of whom contributed a few great songs to this set! The work here is in a similar mode as Browne's beautiful compositions for the first Nico album – too sad and weary to be folk, with a sense of coldness that's different than the cynicism of a few years earlier – and a surprisingly subtle, but powerful understanding of humanity that's really beautiful. Noonan's voice is a bit faltering at times, but in a way that works well with the material – no real illusions about himself as a singer or a star, just honest straightforward delivery of the material. Most instrumentation recalls the mode used on Buckley's first few for Elektra
– gentle bits of guitar, bass, percussion, and even some vibes – played with some key jazzy inflections at times. Titles include "She's A Flying Thing", "Leaning Back & Laughing", "Tumble Down", "Street Singer", "Shadow Dream Song", "Buy For Me The Rain", "Trusting Is A Harder Thing", and "Back Alley Dream Song".
(Cover has a cutout hole and remnants of a sticker.)