The recent emergence of a new CD from Robertson served notice of what a singular path he's blazed through Rock, Folk, Blues, Jazz and all things Americana related.
This, his first outing as a "solo" artist was one of the first Cd's I bought, back when it came out.
I'd filed it away in the back of my mind and had actually traded it in when my appreciation for his combination of voice and story and instrumentation was re-ignited by a preview of"How To Be Clairvoyant"
All the components that he wields are individually respectable, he plays a good guitar, but is not an "axe hero", can sing ,but is not an ego driven exhibitionist front man, but add these to his storytelling ability and his ear for a good tune, mix them with Daniel Lanois's wide screen mix and you get a CD that stands the test of time.
I'd probably not listened to this for 20 years, yet it remains as fresh as it did back in 1987.
That's testimony itself to the craft that Robertson displayed here. From the frantic pulse and "big music " of Fallen Angel, Showdown At Big Sky to the driving beat of Testimony, the journey here is one of sunsets, blazing skies and epic adventures, all written by a hand that has seen it first hand, lived through it and is able to mold it into songs of depth and resonance that is still ringing, all these years later..
Oh, and it has his "hit" on it, Some where down the Crazy river is a Mark Twain novel turned into a B Movie by Tarrentino, it should grate, with it's gravel voiced narrator leading you on, but not explaining, only recounting a tale of Gothic beauty and loss.