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Gather Honey

  • 1. In the Pines
    2. Gather Honey
    3. Broke Down Girl
    4. Come Across to You
    5. This Is All There Is
    6. Trouble in Mind
    7. Start Again
    8. Howl You Winds
    9. No Place Left to Go
    10. Lady Nancy
    11. Three O'Clock Ride
    12. To Find a Way
    13. Give It up or Let Me Go
    14. Bright Lights and Promises
    15. Senses of Your Leave
    16. Gather Honey
    17. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
    18. (Untitled) - (hidden track)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 137

  • Credits
    ProducerRealise Par (Compilation)

    Personnel includes: Penny Lang (vocals).
    Recorded between 1963 & 1978. Includes liner notes by Gary Cristall.
    Contains 16 tracks plus 2 bonus tracks.
    For anyone who was an adolescent during the '60s, the cover photo of an earnest-looking young woman in a poncho strumming an acoustic guitar may bring a warm sense of nostalgia. Those who were born during that decade tend, when faced with such an image, to roll their eyes. But those who approach this album expecting empty earnestness and hippie-dippy platitudinizing will be pleasantly surprised. There are no misguided attempts to cure the world's ills through songs lifted from someone else's misunderstood folk culture; Penny Lang takes contemporary urban folk and blues songs and delivers them in a voice both powerful and unaffected. Listening to this chronological document, which opens with her earliest recording from 1963 and ends with recordings made in the late '70s, you hear her voice grow in strength and distinctiveness, but she never lets her own stylistic choices get in the way of the songs themselves. (In that sense, she has more in common with Ella Fitzgerald than with, say, Buffy Sainte-Marie, even though her voice is closer in quality to the latter than the former.) Highlights here include that first recording, a hair-raising rendition of "In the Pines," and a dated but charming cover of Paul Lauzon's "Start Again." Recommended. ~ Rick Anderson

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