Skyboat/Hymn to the Seeker
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* A first time CD reissue for the complete ABC masters of this highly rated cult favourite. You may not know the name, but you will certainly know the sound, as Mac was responsible for the guitar sound that will always be associated with J.J. Cale's classic albums.
* Singer-songwriter Gayden evolved from being one of the best pop songwriters in 1960s Nashville (co-writing the hit `Everlasting Love') to a consummate performer of his own uniquely introspective material . Along the way he helped to found the much-feted Area Code 615 and Barefoot Jerry, invent a particular hybrid of slide and wah-wah guitar called the `SlideWah' and, oh yes, he played on Bob Dylan's "Blonde On Blonde", too. He came close to a UK hit with `Morning Glory' in 1975, but nevertheless he remains largely unknown outside collector's circles and those who know their Nashville non-Country music.
* The two albums featured here, plus the non-album bonus track `Sunfall', are part of the chain that links American Southern Rock with the contemporary strand of Country that's known as Americana. Out of print for three decades, they are much treasured vinyl items for those lucky enough to own copies.
* Ace's CD release of this wonderful music will hopefully appeal to Mac's hardcore devotees, as well as bringing new fans and admirers to the table, in the way that Big Beat's Bob Lind and P F Sloan reissues did...
Top Customer Reviews
Damn right they are! I've been waiting for a CD of "Skyboat" for YEARS - it's one of my all-time favourite albums. The BEST version of "Morning Glory" (even better than the soul cover by James and Bobby Purify), the BEST version of "Everlasting Love" (even better than the hit by The Love Affair), the BEST version of The Temptations' "Walk (And Don't Look Back)", plus great tracks like "Gettysburg" and "Southwind" - all delivered with a rich singing voice and a unique guitar style - it's a classic.
The follow-up album "Hymn To The Seeker", included here, was a little disappointing by comparison with its illustrious predecessor (it tips over a little too heavily into pretentious pseudo-mysticism for my liking), but still has some enjoyable music.
Can't wait to get hold of this on CD at last.
That Mac Gayden cuts his guitar licks with a wealth of experience including JJ Cale sessions is very much in evidence in this set's performances but the sad truth is that over two CD sides the whole lot does after a few hearings get rather boring in total. The reasons for this seem to be that: Gayden has a limited range of singing voice versus his guitar virtuosity; the backup musicians especially on the second set do not provide the fire and push to take the music above the ordinary (Gayden producing the second LP may have contributed) and the choice of songs especially on the second disc "Hymn to the seeker" seem very drawn out versus the tightness more evident on most of the first disc.
A welcome re-release to get ones hands on long lost great tracks but to my ears anyway not the all round masterpiece claimed.