Darol Anger & Barbara Higbie —
Tideline ... CD Windham Hill/Adventure Music, 1982. New Copy ...
Piano and violin come together beautifully here – the former by Barbara Higbie, the latter by Darrol Anger – who also plays mandolin and cello as well! There's an acoustic balance here that's more jazz than some of the other Windham Hill albums of the time – especially in the music's sense of rhythm and phrasing – and the rich acoustic tones of both players get wonderfully past some of the new age cliches that are too-often wrongly associated with the label – and remind us that at their best, records like these offer up a key flowering of the acoustic underground of the 70s. Mike Marshall plays guest mandolin on one title – and tracks include "Movie", "Tideline", "Above The Fog", "True Story", "Onyame", and "Gemini". CD
Rare sounds from the west coast hub of country music – a surprisingly rich legacy of early rockabilly from the Bakersfield scene! The package is a treasure trove of tunes we've never heard before – and stands as a nice alternate to better-known work on labels like Chess, RCA, and King – with a rich array of under-discovered tracks that were originally issued on Capitol, Liberty, Decca, and many other small labels at the time! The notes are as great as the music – a really thoughtful, historical presentation of the music – along with loads of photos and label scans – almost a mini version of the bigger Bear Family box sets – with 31 tracks that include "Untied" by Tommy Collins, "Don't Go Baby" by Al Coker, "Hot Dog" by Corky Jones, "Daddy Loves Mommyo" by Tommy Duncan, "Go Crazy Man" by Bill Woods, "We're Gonna Bop" by Alvadean Coker, "I Used To Love You" by Bill Carter, "Monkey Bite" by Al Hendrix, "I Used To Love You" by Bill Carter, "Seal Rock" by Ernie Kelly, and "Stood Up Blues" by Custer Bottoms. CD
Damn great music from the early years of the Bakersfield scene – and a series that's ever bit as great as the That'll Flat Git It collection on Bear Family! Like that series, this one focuses on raw rockers and rare rockabilly – mostly work from the late 50s, and some of it by artists you'd normally know from more country-based recordings! The collection shows that country and rock really mixed it up on the west coast – even in the years before the rise of country rock on the LA scene – and the tunes are as raw as they are twangy, filled with brash, youthful modes throughout. The booklet is 50 full color pages – with loads of notes on each track, and plenty of photos too – and titles include "Teenage Tears" by Cliff Crofford, "Somehow Someway Someday" by The Farmer Boys, "What's Good For The Goose" by Terry Fell, "My Walkin Shoes" by Dusty Payne, "Yer Fer Me" by Fuzzy Owens, "Can't Go On" by Dallas Frazier, "That's Just Where I Oughtta Be" by Billy Bledsoe, ""That's What I Get For Loving You" by Lawton Jiles, and "I've Been Thinking It Over" by The Three Notes. CD