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Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson

  • 1. Four Strong Winds - Blue Rodeo
    2. MC Horses - Corb Lund
    3. Blue Mountains of Mexico - Jennifer Warnes
    4. What Does She See - Chris Hillman
    5. Red Velvet - Gordon Lightfoot
    6. Gift, The - David Rea
    7. Range Delivery - Cindy Church
    8. Smuggler's Cove - McDades
    9. Some Kind of Fool - Amos Garrett
    10. Old Cheyenne - Tom Russell
    11. Someday Soon - The Circus in Flames/Buddy Cage
    12. Will James - Ramblin' Jack Elliott
    13. You're Not Alone Anymore - Stewart MacDougall
    14. Summer Wages - The Good Brothers
    15. Moondancer - Jeff Bradshaw
    16. Interview with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Buddy Cage - Ramblin' Jack Elliott/Buddy Cage (Bonus Track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1322

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Hillman; Danny Greenspoon; David Rea; Mark Sterling; Doug Andrew; Jeff Bradshaw; Amos Garrett; Rick Cunha; Tom Russell; Bob Doidge; Corb Lund
    EngineerColin Lay; Marcus Paquin; Barry Allen; Jeff Wolpert; Jerry Woolsey; Rick Cunha; Rudi Ekstein; Steve Bellamy; Jason D'Ottavio; Bob Doidge

    Tributee: Ian Tyson.
    Personnel: Amos Garrett (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Gordon Lightfoot (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar); David Rea, Greg Keelor, Mark Sterling, Tom Russell, Corb Lund (vocals, guitar); Doug Andrew, Brian Good (vocals, acoustic guitar); David Wilkie (vocals, tenor guitar, mandolin); Chris Hillman (vocals, mandolin); Shannon Johnson (vocals, fiddle); Stewart MacDougall (vocals, piano); Mike Lent (vocals, acoustic bass, electric bass); Cindy Church, Jennifer Warnes (vocals); Yann Falquet, Andrew Hardin, Rick Cunha (guitar); Michael Francis, Rick Whitelaw (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Jeff Bradshaw (acoustic guitar, steel guitar, baritone guitar); Herb Pedersen (acoustic guitar, background vocals); Danny Greenspoon (acoustic guitar); Wendell Ferguson (electric guitar); Buddy Cage (steel guitar); Larry Good (banjo, background vocals); Bruce Good (autoharp, background vocals); Joel Derouin (violin); Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger (fiddle); Skip Edwards (accordion); Bob Packwood (piano); Mike Heffernan (keyboards, synthesizer); John Sheard (keyboards); Ron Allan (upright bass); Barry Keane (drums, percussion); Thom Moon, Glenn Milchem, Mark Kelso (drums); Debra Dobkin (percussion); Lisa Logan, Harry Stinson, Ian Tyson (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: Daniel Cinelli; Danny Greenspoon; Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger; Doug Andrew; Barry Allen; Jerry Woolsey.
    Liner Note Author: Peter North.
    Recording information: Beta Sound Recorders, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Canterbury Music Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Foxfire Studios, Van Niys, CA; Grand Avenue Studios, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada; Homestead Recorders, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Phase One Studios, Totonto, Onterio, Canada; Planet Studios, Montreal, Qubec, Canada; Prairie Sun Recording Studios, Cotati, CA; The House Of Barr, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; The Rainbow Garage, Van Nuys, CA; The Woodshed, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Arranger: Rick Cunha.
    Ian Tyson has had something of a triple career. As one half of the celebrated duo Ian & Sylvia, he was one of the primary architects of the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s. Then, in 1970, he helped to launch the country-rock movement as a member of Great Speckled Bird. Then he took part in the cowboy music revival with a solo album titled Cowboyography in 1986. A tribute album has been long overdue, and this one is blessedly free of obvious superstar cameos (though previously released songs by both Gordon Lightfoot and Tom Russell are included, and the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott makes a suitably grizzled appearance as well). The best tracks are ones contributed by artists whose names may not be recognized at all by non-Canadian folk music fans: Cindy Church (whose version of "Range Delivery" is a reggae song barely disguised as country), Jennifer Warnes (whose "Blue Mountains of Mexico" incorporates strings more successfully than one could reasonably have wished), and the McDades (whose "Smuggler's Cove" does the same with Irish flute). David Rea's take on the title track sounds rough in a way that comes across as more affected than genuine, and Blue Rodeo's Byrds-y version of "Four Strong Winds" starts out charming but eventually grows strangely annoying. Oh, but there actually is one more star turn -- Chris Hillman delivers what may be the album's high point, a gorgeous rendition of the wryly heartbroken "What Does She See." Very, very nice. ~ Rick Anderson

  • Critic Reviews
    Dirty Linen (p.55) - "It's a journey worth taking from beginning to end, but Jennifer Warnes' take on 'Blue Mountains of Mexico,' the Good Brothers on 'Summer Wages,' and Cindy Church on 'Range Delivery' are especially worth hearing."
    No Depression (p.106) - "[With] vigorous contributions from former Byrds and Flying Burrito Brothers member Chris Hillman, Tysons's first guitarist David Rea, and pedal steel player Jeff Bradshaw."
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