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 PEDERSEN

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 his kids).

Another quality reissue from Beat Goes On – superb presentation and sound.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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