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Friday, March 26, 2010

SPRINGBOARD


by Alex Bevan


FIDDLER'S WIND RECORDS
FD 1001
1976





SIDE A:



RAINBOW
CAREY COMING SMILING
SHADOWDANCER
STREAMLINE
SILVER WINGS

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SIDE B:



SKINNY
BRAND NEW ARKANSAS TRAVELER
RODEO RIDER
BIG CITY WOMEN
SHISHA DANCER WALTZ

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Editor's note: Alex lays it all out here: love, loss, disappointment, sorrow, etc. Just as any decent folk album will do. 1970s colloquialisms like mama make their way into it as well. Imagine calling your significant other "mama" these days. They'd prolly spank you and send you to bed earlier than they already do. So, let loose your inner hippy and call your mama by her first name, your best pal "cool cat" and the little lady "mama". Hell, maybe you can even sit Indian style and smoke a bowl afterwards.

1 comment:

Deja Blue said...

SPRINGBOARD is so of a time (1975) and
place (Cleveland, OH 441xx). No doubt many bowls
have been smoked, yes, even while sitting Indian style,
but this LP is not-at-all a buzzkill.

'Streamline,' 'Carey Come Smiling,' and
'Rodeo Rider' are simply outstanding
compositions. The guitar work on the album is organic,
tasteful, and definitely influential. 'Skinny' is a
pretty good track too.

John Bassette sings a beautiful, heartbreaking harmony
on 'Carey Come Smiling' (probably my favorite
song of Alex' ever).

If you can get your hands on the CD, you'll hear a couple
of perfectly legitimate outtakes, 'Darlin' and
'Try Again.'

The album holds up pretty well considering it's 35 years
old. This record gets an A+ from me.