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  • Audio CD (27 Mar. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Revola
  • ASIN: B000EMSJ2K
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. And When It's Over
2. Jennifer
3. Things Are Goin' My Way
4. She's Just A Girl
5. Tonight Together
6. The Road To Travel
7. She's Gone
8. Hold The Light
9. A Simple Man
10. Brink Of Death
11. A Note That Read

Product Description

So how many people are there who can write hits for The Left Banke, Montage and Stories; be a mover and shaker and beloved figure on the New York City music and arts’ scenes; star on Broadway as the second lead in the controversial first run of "Hair", have several major record deals; launch a prestigious New York indie record label; have several acclaimed albums; write film soundtracks; play Woodstock and go down a storm… and STILL be a pretty obscure figure?!! Well, step up BERT SOMMER!

In Bert's story we'll meet Michael Brown, and Artie Kornfeld and Debbie Harry and The Shangri-Las and Sweetwater and Stories...and Paul Morrissey and Andy Warhol...and Tom Feher and Punky and Russian George and The Archies. And Victor Kahn, Bert's best pal, whose exploits as phographer for the Rolling Stones "Let It Bleed" and for the Woodstock Festival are legend. Plus, we'll learn all about the clique gathered around the buzzing New York City music and arts scene- in the days between The Tokens and Woodstock…and then between Woodstock and Punk Rock!

But most of all you will hear, for the first time ever on CD, the wonderful music of Bert Sommer...on his first classic, amazing Album – "The Road To Travel" . Produced by Artie Kornfeld, a man with an amazing story in his own right, co-creator of the Woodstock festival being just part of a long CV...with some of the key players on the scene. Just superb!

First time on CD and totally remastered in strict Revola style!. Beautifully packaged by Bert's friend Victor Kahn, whose work on The Stones "Let It Bleed" and Hendrix' "Band Of Gypsies" covers, as well as his role as official photographer at Woodstock... tell you all you need to know!!

In depth notes, memories from friends of Bert, including Michael (Left Banke) Brown's first interview in ooh…decades and enthusiastic input from producer Artie Kornfeld and a cast of thousands!

A Lost Classic if ever there was one...from one of New York City's most amazing talents and a must for fans of American 1960's pop/rock song-craft / psychpop…

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Phideaux Xavier on 11 Jun. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Wow, I never thought this album would be properly re-released, but here it is in full sounding glory. What a shocker and so deserved. This was an album my older sister had and when I was a wee lad, it was The Beatles, Jefferson Airplane and Bert Sommer. These were the big three for me (in 1970).

I would call this album Holy Melancholia. The sad songs and ebulliant vocals float along amidst the best of late 60s psychedelic orchestral arrangements. Listen to the drums and rock band in one speaker and the orchestra panned fully right on the opener "And When It's Over" to see how awesome and evocative this album was and still is.

Most of the songs are short pop gems and when Bert gets contemplative and deep on "Hold The Light" or "The Road To Travel" or "A Note That Read" it is the perfect contrast to an upbeat track like "Things are goin my way" or "She's Just A Girl".

This was the one album in my childhood home that everybody liked. Now, I think it can stand proudly next to any Nick Drake, Syd Barrett, Pretty Things or early Family album. For a dose of pure 60s psychedelic pop, run out and get this album.

Now, when will Revola prepare the ASTOUNDING second album "Inside Bert Sommer" for release?????
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Glaser on 12 April 2008
Format: Audio CD
Thanks Amazon for recommending this CD to me. I think " The Road to Travel" is very accomplished. It is a mature singer - songwriter effort, with a decidedly Folk accent. The Orchestration supports Bert's gentle voice perfectly. The LP was released in 1968, and I feel it is a strong East Coast effort. The opening track "And When It's Over" is breathtaking in its imagery, and I additionally like "Tonight Together " and " She's Gone". It is certainly not Poppy or Psychedelic in any sense of the word. It is a statement of individual intent. Furthermore I would, like to see Rev -Ola re-issue his 1970 LP, to see, if this breathtaking individuality is sustained.

The liner notes point to Bert Sommer's musical connections, the only non Superstar to play at Woodstock , first run of the musical "Hair", etc. I was pleasantly pleased with his connection to Michael Brown, ex of the Left Banke, by singing " Ivy, Ivy" on a breakaway version of this Group, as well as writing songs for Michael Brown's later groups Montage and Stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Rolfe on 3 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Until recently obliterated from Woodstock history despite being the embodiment of hippydom. This is by and large gentile folk rock and then this soaring soulful voice grabs a song by the scruff of its neck and transforms it into a classic peace(sic) of music. This is a great album and all his albums should be released. Fantastic
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Listen folks 5 Dec. 2010
By Daniel C. Dennis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This slice of late 60's psychadelia / introspect early 70's represents a beautiful, almost unknown catalogue by a magical singer/songwriter who came out of nowhere, dazzled Woodstock (never made the final film cut - not that kind of performer)and vanished despite great reviews by those who really listen. Bert's pictures give you the image of a gentle, sweet hippie with tumbleweed hair and a dreamy smile. The personae fits the music as a way of categorizing him, but his voice is so disarming and poignant that musically he is head and shoulders above most of the singer-songwriters crowding the early seventies scene. Here is a voice so distinctive and warm that it's one of the mysteries of the music world that Mr Sommers never made it big. At times you feel you're hearing a sweeter Tim Buckly, although closer to other comparisons is the proximity to Australia's legendary G Wayne Thomas of "Morning of the Earth" fame. The songs, most of them his own compositions bar "America," described by Paul SImon as far and away the best version ever, are very fine in craftsmanship and feeling. Bert's joy and angst are always blended with taste and intelligence in songs about human misunderstanding and the complexities of self-approval. This guy will creep into your favourites list if you let him. Fame be hanged - here's terrific artistry that missed commercial approval but little by little has won increasing respect and affection over the years since Bert's untimely death.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A Little Known Gem of an Artist 1 Nov. 2010
By Carole Bellacera - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
A friend of mine sent me a YouTube video of Bert Sommer singing "Jennifer" at Woodstock, and I was mesmerized. How is it that I'd never heard of this artist? His voice is so pure, so lyrical. I immediately ordered this CD, and love every song on it. Sad that he died so young, with so little notariety. Check out the YouTube video:
Several Studio songs he chose to perform at Woodstock 10 July 2013
By J. Bynum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bert Sommer
The Road To Travel (CD)

This album was originally released in 1968 and was produced by Artie Kornfeld (one of the organizers of The Woodstock Festival of 1969). So, when Artie was helping to get the Woodstock Festival together, it was only natural for him to ask Bert Sommer to perform there, and it was equally natural for Bert to perform several of the songs he had recorded on this album. While there are a couple of Bert's Woodstock performances available on audio or video, four of those songs are only available (in their original studio versions) on this album.

Apart from its Woodstock connection, this is a fantastic CD all on its own. This album was done in the singer/songwriter style, and to great effect. Bert (who was the singer of The Left Banke's single, "Ivy, Ivy") had a great solo voice and style and this is one of his very best albums.

This is a 5 Star CD. I highly recommend it.
I love Bert Sommer and all of his music 18 Dec. 2012
By carol madden - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I knew and loved Bert when he was alive and was priveleged to hear him perform many times. As many have said, it is truly tragic that he never made it big and so many were denied his talent. A voice of velvet, as stated in "The road to travel" liner notes; foceful too. He enjoyed and performed many types of music. I recommend his work to everyone who loves music.
I really want to get "Inside Bert Sommer" CD..... 14 May 2013
By William Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
in the same quality as this disc is, I would purchase both Bert Sommer self titled albums as well... Where do I get the track "You" that featured on the end credits of the 1986 film The Patriot starring Leslie Nielsen? Not to get it mixed up with Mel Gibson in 2000
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