CD So Much on My Mind: The Eric Andersen Anthology 1969-1980 (CD 1116183), Audio Other
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So Much on My Mind: The Eric Andersen Anthology 1969-1980

  • 1. Secrets
    2. Sign of a Desperate Man
    3. (We Were) Foolish Like the Flowers
    4. Wind and Sand
    5. Is It Really Love at All
    6. Blue River
    7. Moonchild River Song
    8. Baby, I'm Lonesome
    9. Time Run Like a Freight Train
    10. Woman, She Was Gentle
    11. Be True to You
    12. Sweet Surprise
    13. Love Is Just a Game
    14. Violets of Dawn - (live, Recorded Live At the Other End)
    15. Close the Door Lightly (When You Go)
    16. Thirsty Boots - (live, Recorded Live At the Other End)
    17. Messiah
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 247

  • Credits
    ProducerEric Andersen; Brad Stahl; Jerry Goldstein; Norbert Putnam; Paul Tannen; Tom Sellers

    Liner Note Authors: Eric Andersen; Mark Brend.
    Recording information: The Other End.
    Photographers: Don Nelson; Ken Weingart.
    A fixture of the early-'60s folk revival, Eric Andersen's literate and romantic songs really dealt more with the delicate inner world of relationships than they did with any political issue of the day, and his range of focus hasn't really shifted much in his forty-plus year career. He was, in effect, an archetype for the introspective singer/songwriters who emerged in the '70s, and the deeply personal songs he spun out of his romantic relationships are models of aching sincerity. This set from Raven Records collects tracks recorded between 1969 and 1980, a span during which Andersen expanded his acoustic folk style to include trappings of country, pop and jazz, all without losing the literate romanticism of his early-'60s Vanguard Records material (Andersen revisits that period here with live versions of "Violets of Dawn," "Thirsty Boots" and a remake of "Close the Door Lightly"). Andersen isn't a rocker, by any means, and his songs run to the wistful and dreamy side of things, requiring close attention lest they blur into one another, but cuts like "Secrets" and "Time Run Like a Freight Train" are masterful love songs that resonate well beneath the surface of things. If Andersen's brand of romanticism wasn't so fundamentally optimistic and hopeful, which is very much a strength in his writing, he might well be considered a sort of American version of Nick Drake. That same sort of late-night/early-morning lonely reckoning is present in both of them, but Andersen continues to view love and relationships as essential salvations while Drake apparently shut himself away from that sort of hope and is no longer with us. For some the darkness is just darkness. For Andersen, however, the darkness means the light is soon to follow. It may be a corny philosophy at times, but it sure is refreshing. ~ Steve Leggett

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