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Wednesday, 16 July 2014
"Southwest /Sandman" by HERB PEDERSEN – A Review Of His 1975 and 1976 Albums – Now Reissued And Remastered By Beat Goes On Records Of The UK In 2014
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“…If I Can Sing A Song…” – Southwest / Sandman by HERB
In Country Rock - Herb Pedersen - is not exactly a name that
rolls off the tongue. I remember his name from a ‘Banjo’ credit on The Doobie
Brothers “Minute By Minute” album from 1978 – and nothing else. And this
beautifully remastered Beat Goes On CD makes available two obscure albums for
the first time since release in their Seventies heyday. Here are the details…
UK released June 2014 – Beat Goes On BGOCD 1151 (Barcode
5017261 211514) breaks down as follows (63:17 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 10 are the album “Southwest” – released in 1976
in the USA on Epic Records PE 34225
Tracks 11 to 20 are the album “Sandman” – released 1977 in
the USA on Epic Records PE 34933
The CD is housed in a pretty card slipcase and the 24-page
booklet is packed with info, photos, lyrics and indepth liner notes by noted
writer JOHN TOBLER.
The musical style is solo Ozark Mountain Daredevils (Randy
Chowning or Steve Cash)- fiddles,
banjos, country themes and melodies. Some of it works – a lot of it is terribly
dated and seriously cheesy. However if you are a fan – the sound quality is truly
gorgeous – remastered to perfection by ANDREW THIOMPSON in 2014.
“Rock & Roll Cajun” rocks it out but his cover of
“Paperback Writer” is not a wise choice. Both Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt
provide lovely backing vocals on the mid tempo “Our Baby’s Gone” while “The Hey
Boys” is a faithful Dillards cover. Larry Carlton and Mike (Hill Street Blues)
Post add guitars and keyboards to “Jesus Once Again” and “Younger Days”. The
ballads work best – “Is That Any Way To Love You” and “My Little Man” (about
Another quality reissue from Beat Goes On – superb
presentation and sound.