Blue River

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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
With mid-'60s gems like Violets of Dawn, Thirsty Boots, and Close the Door Lightly, Eric Andersen became the archetypal, literate romantic before the likes of James Taylor and Jackson Browne had even cut their first records, but at the same time seemed to lack direction from album to album. With his eighth album, Blue River, recorded in Nashville in 1972, he found the perfect setting for his gentle, poetic songs. After nearly seven years of dabbling in folk, folk-rock, pop, and country, Andersen found a smart, sympathetic ear in producer Norbert Putnam. Putnam, whose production here is rarely extraneous, utilizes subtle touches of bass, drums, accordion, and organ ...
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All Music Guide - Brett Hartenbach
With mid-'60s gems like Violets of Dawn, Thirsty Boots, and Close the Door Lightly, Eric Andersen became the archetypal, literate romantic before the likes of James Taylor and Jackson Browne had even cut their first records, but at the same time seemed to lack direction from album to album. With his eighth album, Blue River, recorded in Nashville in 1972, he found the perfect setting for his gentle, poetic songs. After nearly seven years of dabbling in folk, folk-rock, pop, and country, Andersen found a smart, sympathetic ear in producer Norbert Putnam. Putnam, whose production here is rarely extraneous, utilizes subtle touches of bass, drums, accordion, and organ along with Andersen's own guitar, piano, and harmonica to frame the material. The record, Andersen's first effort for Columbia, also featured his best collection of tunes to date. Blue River, with its themes of uncertainty and struggle, is by no means a casual record, although songs such as the bittersweet "Is It Really Love at All" and the title track, featuring Joni Mitchell's ethereal supporting vocal, will draw the listener in with their sheer beauty. Andersen, then in his late twenties, was dealing with questions of love, life, and desire with a maturity matched only by a handful of songwriters at the time. Never overly precious or maudlin, nearly every cut resonates with eloquence and grace. Although continuing to grow as a writer in the years to come, Blue River remains Eric Andersen's masterwork and one of the true classics of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/1999
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 074646569627
  • Catalog Number: 65696

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Is It Really Love at All (5:21)
  2. 2 Pearl's Goodtime Blues (2:21)
  3. 3 Wind and Sand (4:30)
  4. 4 Faithful (3:15)
  5. 5 Blue River (4:46)
  6. 6 Florentine (3:31)
  7. 7 Sheila (4:37)
  8. 8 More Often Than Not (4:52)
  9. 9 Round the Bend (5:38)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Andersen Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
David Bromberg Dobro, Guitar
The Jordanaires Vocals, Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell Vocals, Background Vocals
Grady Martin Guitar, Gut String Guitar
The Holidays Background Vocals
Deborah Anderson Piano, Background Vocals
Kenny Buttrey Percussion, Drums, Tambourine
Jerry Carrigan Percussion
Debbie Greene Guitar, Piano
Eddie Hinton Guitar, Electric Guitar
Andy Johnson Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Vibes
Kevin Kelly Accordion
Millie Kirkham Vocals, Background Vocals
Jim McKevitt Drums
Sonja Montgomery Background Vocals
Laverna Moore Vocals, Background Vocals
Farrell Morris Background Vocals, Vibes
Weldon Myrick Steel Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass
Temple Riser Vocals, Background Vocals
Rick Shlosser Drums
Mark Sporer Bass
Glen Spreen Organ, Harpsichord, Keyboards, Woodwind
Florence Warner Vocals, Background Vocals
Deborah Green Andersen Piano, Background Vocals
Mark Spoor Bass
Richard Schlosser Drums
David Briggs Organ, Celeste, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Bruce Dickinson Reissue Producer
Stan Hutto Engineer
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Norbert Putnam Producer
Glen Spreen Arranger, String Arrangements
Anthony DeCurtis Liner Notes
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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