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✨✧ Chip TaylorLast Chance/Some Of Us ... CD
Warner/Morello (UK), 1973/1974. New Copy ... $13.99
A pair of great albums from Chip Taylor – an artist who finally seems to be getting his due! Last Chance is a stone classic from Taylor – a very hip cat who was raised in New York, wrote a number of big pop hits in the 60s, but was always much more comfortable with country music in the end! The album's not straight country – but instead that perfect blend of rock roots and Nashville inspiration that was bubbling up in the American underground in the wake of the Byrds and Burrito Brothers – tried by many, but delivered by only a rare few like Chip at a level this good! The tunes are great – very thoughtful songwriting that puts Taylor on a par with Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson – and the backup group features some great steel guitar from Pete Drake, who really helps set the mood. Titles include "I Read It In Rolling Stone", "Son Of A Rotten Gambler", "The Real Thing", "101 In Cashbox", "Last Chance", and "I Wasn't Born In Tennessee". Some Of Us features singer/songwriter Chip Taylor at the height of his powers – finding a very comfortable space in the realm of mid 70s country rock – a genre he helped inspire with his own well-written songs for others in the 60s! The set's got a vibe that's maybe a bit more adult than some of Chip's other work – maybe an undercurrent of sadness that colors these tunes in a mode that's similar to some of Mickey Newbury's material from the time, although possibly a bit more put-together overall. And the record was done in Massachusetts, away from some of the more cliched crossover sounds of Nashville – which helps preserve Taylor's intent nicely. Songs include "Early Sunday Morning", "If You're Ever In Warsaw", "Comin From Behind", "If I Can't Be In Austin", and "Me As I Am". CD

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VariousTruckers, Kickers, Cowboy Angels – The Blissed-Out Birth Of Country Rock Vol 4 – 1971 ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1971. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99 31.98
Way more than just the simple, familiar country rock you might know from the charts in the early 70s – and instead a deep deep helping of music from 1971 – a time when country influences were running strong in the hipper side of the mainstream, who were then also having a big influence back in Nashville as well! This beautiful package is filled with gems we might have overlooked otherwise – a few familiar tracks, mixed with album gems from some of the best roots-oriented rockers of 1971 – music that was really going back to basics in style, but also finding a way to move forward strongly from an ideological perspective too. These complexities are really captured well in the heavy booklet of notes by Colin Escott, who's penned 80 pages of words to support the 39 tracks in the set – a collection that includes "Hot Rod Lincoln" by Commander Cody, "Never Been To Spain" by Hoyt Axton, "White Light" by Gene Clark, "Crazy Mama" by JJ Cale, "Lost Hearts" by Cochise, "Please Be With Me" by Cowboy, "Grand Ennui" by Mike Nesmith & The First National Band, "Colorado" by Flying Burrito Brothers, "Three Angels" by Lonnie Mack, "Singing In Vietnam Talking Blues" by Johnny Cash, "The Pilgrim Chapter 33" by Kris Kristofferson, "Tulsa Turnaround" by Alex Harvey, "Wasted Days Wasted Nights" by Sir Douglas Quintet, "The Future's Not What It Used To Be" by Mickey Newbury, "Paradise" by John Prine, "Never Ending Song Of Love" by Delaney & Bonnie, and "Willin" by Little Feat. CD
 
 
 



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