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Ever Changing Minstrel [Original recording remastered]

Bill Wilson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Tompkins Square
  • ASIN: B008I34YR6
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Tompkins Square Reissues Lost Americana Gem from 1973 .Produced by Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash) and released on Columbia Records in 1973. Features "Blonde on Blonde" session crew. Indiana's Bill Wilson drove to Nashville and knocked on producer Bob Johnston's kitchen door in 1973. Bob let him in to play a few songs, liked it, and rounded up his crew that played on Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde". They recorded 'Ever Changing Minstrel' that night, and it was released on Columbia Records in 1973. The album is now reissued with rare photographs, notes by reissue producer and Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal, and remastered from the original tapes.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic Album 18 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD
Often the words, Buried Treasure or Lost Great Albums are used in reviews and I have purchased many only to be disappointed. However, this album lives up to the reviews. Every track is superb and I just can't stop playing it. 'To Rebecca' is one of the best songs I have heard, and believe me I have heard plenty. Album release of the year.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware !!! 9 April 2013
By Raymond D. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Audiochecker Results of this Purchase...

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02 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 02 - Pay Day Give Away.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
03 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 03 - To Rebecca.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
04 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 04 - Black Cat Blues.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
05 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 05 - Father Let Your Light Shine Down.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
06 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 06 - Long Gone Lady.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
07 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 07 - Following My Lord.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
08 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 08 - Ballad of Cody.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
09 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 09 - The Good Ship Society.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
10 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 10 - Ever Changing Minstrel.flac -=- MPEG (95%)
11 -=- Bill Wilson - Ever Changing Minstrel - 11 - Monday Morning Strangers.flac -=- MPEG (95%)

Summary 5.00% CDDA

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Quote from No Depression website review of Bill Wilson "CD".....
"The label lists this as remastered from tape, but there seem to be a few vinyl artifacts that are more patina than distraction"
Polite way of saying what I'm showing. i.e. the quality simply isn't as advertised. if properly "remastered" what are the "vinyl artifacts" doing there?

Quote from "CD" Insert....
"Remastered by Warren Russell-Smith at the Magic Shop NYC" ...... IMO no magic needed on this, Simply put MP3 files on blank CD's and is trying to sell them as Audio CD, which it is NOT.

Audiochecker Results of Lee Michaels CD-R Amazon Purchase....

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02 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 02 - Time Is Over.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
03 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 03 - No Part Of It.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
04 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 04 - Fell In Love Today.flac -=- CDDA (99%)
05 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 05 - Blind.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
06 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 06 - Grocery Soldier.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
07 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 07 - What Can He Do.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
08 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 08 - Basic Knowledge.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
09 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 09 - Gonna Leave.flac -=- CDDA (99%)
10 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 10 - The War.flac -=- CDDA (100%)
11 -=- Lee Michaels - Recital - 11 - Spare Change.flac -=- CDDA (100%)

Summary 99.82% CDDA

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That is what CD quality results should look like. Kudo's to Amazon for delivering what they advertise.

They (Record Industry) already make enough money off of us. They simply CAN NOT get away with putting MP3's on a CD and selling it as CD quality. Don't let this get out of control to the point you don't know what you are buying!!!!
Dennis Woods
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoosier Singer/Songwriter 17 Feb 2013
By BrokenArrow - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Back in the early 1970s Bill Wilson was a rising musical star in Indiana. I saw him two or three times in concert in Indianapolis and Bloomington. He always put on an excellent show. He wrote his own material and I would describe him as a Gordon Lightfoot, Kris Kristofferson type. He got a contract with Columbia Records and I believe Ever Changing Minstrel was his only Columbia release. Sadly, Bill Wilson died of a heart attack in Indiana circa 1993. He was a good man and a talented musician. He died much too young. This is a very good album.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great "under ground" records! 12 Nov 2012
By Kirby Hammel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I grew up in Indiana and didn't hear about Bill Wilson until I moved to California at the age of 24. That should tell you how little fanfare he had/has. However, this record is killer. I rank it up there with the "Bobby Charles" record as one of the best "least known" records out there. The songwriting is is fantastic with nods to Dylan, Townes, and the whole Austin scene in the 70s. By this record.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Obscure and satisfying early '70s Americana gem 1 Feb 2013
By DJ Joe Sixpack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
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Bill Wilson
"Ever Changing Minstrel"
(Columbia/Tompkins Square, 1973)
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This is an Americana/folk-freak "lost gem" that really lives up to the hype... Bill Wilson, an Indiana unknown who recorded one lone album for Columbia Records in 1973, was a distinctive artist whose legacy was lost for four decades, since the distribution on the original album was so poor that it practically became a mirage. He's backed on this set of driving, hypnotic originals by a top studio crew under the direction of veteran producer Bob Johnston, a set punctuated by funky bass lines, soaring vocal choruses and slippery Southern rock guitars, but most of all by his own insistent acoustic guitar and half-chanted vocals. There's a definite "hippie" vibe to this album -- cosmic, spaced-out, prophetic lyrics and a searing, solipsistic urgency -- with a richly textured, eclectic early '70s sound.

Perched halfway between Tony Joe White's swampy blues raps and the outlaw folk of Townes Van Zandt, Wilson had a knack for crafting sinuous, alluring refrains, choruslike verses which he would repeat over and over like liturgical chants. Indeed, several songs on here have religious themes, notably "Father Let Your Light Shine Down," a perky, soulful song that could have made it into the country gospel canon, had Wilson gotten a little more exposure. Other gems include the wind-blown folk tune "Rebecca," and "Black Cat Blues," a chain-gang ballad worthy of Robert Pete Williams. Wilson is an artist who's difficult to pin down stylistically, evoking Jerry Reed, Tom Rush and James Talley among others, and he definitely embodies the spirit of early '70s experimentation. If any of this piques your curiosity, by all means pick this up -- it's albums like this that reissue labels were made for. (DJ Joe Sixpack, Slipcue Guide To Country Music)
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At long last... 25 Jan 2013
By go4roses - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I used to listen to Bill Wilson when I lived in Indiana; he was a regular performer at an old watering hole, "Stable Innfluence" [sic] in Greenwood, IN. I bought every LP he recorded (2 or 3 at the time) before I moved to Alaska in 1976. I've thought of his music over the years but in the last couple I've searched diligently for any of his music to no avail. Imagine my surprise and delight when I came across this CD. It's everything I remembered and more. During my search I was saddened to learn of his passing in 1993 at such a young age - 46. I certainly hope more of his music is re-recorded and released. His next album contained a song that Indiana residents of the time can relate to as it told a story most of us experienced from time to time, "Sunday morning in pancake heaven after Saturday night's been used up..." Rest in peace Bill Wilson.
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