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Solid Gold From A Silver Fox,
This review is from: You Can't Make Old Friends (Audio CD)
Looking good Mr Rogers and bejaysus but you're still sounding good too!
Your music has been a good friend for a significant slice of my life; in
fact ever since you entreated Ruby not to take her heart to town in 1969!
'You Can't Make Old Friends' is a glorious gift given to us in the golden
Autumn of his career. A fine batch of songs, beautifully sung with a voice as
warm and rich as polished burr walnut at the bottom and with the rock-steady
power and certainty of an ox-drawn plow at the top. A instrument which both
deserves and demands continued respect (come to think of it his old friend
Glen Campbell is still doing a grand job too, railing against the passing of
the years and the tough stuff that life can throw at you. Do please listen to
his most recent album 'See You There' too and read RoB's definitive review!)
This is as fine a bunch of tunes as Mr Rogers has ever delivered. Kicking off
with the title track 'You Can't Make Old Friends', a delightful duet with
Dolly Parton (still warbling away impressively on all six cylinders!), it's
hard to imagine that things could possibly get better still but they do. This man
has always known how to tell a story in song and there are more than a few great
ones in this collection. Perhaps best among is them the tragically poignant
'You Had To Be There', whose bitter narrative of lost opportunity and a
life gone bad cuts like a knife. 'Dreams Of The San Joaquin', however, comes
a very close second with it's words of hardship and hope and sublime chorus.
'All I Need' steps up the tempo and chugs along nicely on a truly tasty
instrumental and rhythmic foundation and 'Don't Leave Me In The Night Time',
featuring Buckwheat Zydeco, rips up the rug for a right rollicking hoedown.
Listening to 'Look At You' as the light fades on a damp October afternoon one
must gives thanks that such a consummate artist is still honing his craft
in the listening world. This album may well be remembered as his very best.
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2013 22:15:53 BDT
Red on Black says:
Wolf many thanks for the tip on this and your excellent review. Cheers Rob
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