Buzzy Linhart Loves You: Classic Recordings

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Buzzy Linhart is a cult artist, albeit a cult artist with celebrity fans -- something that the back cover of Razor & Tie's compilation Buzzy Linhart Loves You: Classic Recordings makes no bones about, as it touts Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, David Crosby, John Sebastian, Bette Midler, Richard Belzer, Harry Nilsson, and Todd Rundgren among others as fans. This actually offers an indication of what Linhart's music is all about. It's an eccentric, humorous, take on pop, folk, and soul, tied together by Linhart's unfocused gifts. This compilation, assembled and annotated by Ben Vaughn, offers selections from 1970s Music, 1971's The Time to Live Is Now, and 1972's ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Buzzy Linhart is a cult artist, albeit a cult artist with celebrity fans -- something that the back cover of Razor & Tie's compilation Buzzy Linhart Loves You: Classic Recordings makes no bones about, as it touts Jimi Hendrix, Bill Cosby, David Crosby, John Sebastian, Bette Midler, Richard Belzer, Harry Nilsson, and Todd Rundgren among others as fans. This actually offers an indication of what Linhart's music is all about. It's an eccentric, humorous, take on pop, folk, and soul, tied together by Linhart's unfocused gifts. This compilation, assembled and annotated by Ben Vaughn, offers selections from 1970s Music, 1971's The Time to Live Is Now, and 1972's Buzzy, all the albums Linhart completed before his health started to deteriorate. As Vaughn points out in the notes, Linhart always seemed to miss the boat, playing with Sebastian in a pre-Lovin' Spoonful outfit, almost singing with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and even turning down an offer to play on Highway 61 Revisited. It's hard not to feel pangs of sympathy for Linhart's bad luck, but listening to his solo recordings, it's little wonder that he didn't break out of a cult. That's not to say that this is bad music, since it isn't. It often shows flashes of brilliance, either in its performance and composition; Linhart is an enthusiastic performer and these are nice early-'70s rock songs, with slight soul and soft rock inclinations. But, he comes across as a looser, folkier, less arrogant, more accessible Rundgren who did mix Buzzy and whose Utopia colleague Moogy Klingman collaborated with Linhart. This may sound like the key to a wider audience, but it's not, since it comes off as more insular. But -- and this is a pretty big but, actually -- once you acquire a taste for Linhart, he's pretty irresistible. Not consistent, even on this compilation, but very charming, as he spins out wild guitar solos, crafts tuneful, sings soulfully, and just indulges in weirdness check the scatting and vibraphone solo which dips into "Flight of the Bumblebee" on "Cheat-Cheat-Lied/Hit the Road Jack". So, this may not be for everyone, but lovers of early-'70s pop eccentrics certainly should give this a spin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/20/2001
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018221924
  • Catalog Number: 82219

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Buzzy Linhart Primary Artist, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Rhythm Guitar, Marimbas, Vocals, Vibes
Jeff Baxter Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Conga, Vocals
Jeannie Linhart Vocals
Peter Plansky Tamboura
Peter Ponzol Woodwind
Luther Rix Percussion, Conga, Drums, Timbales, Vocals, Cencerro
Douglas Rodrigues Guitar, Percussion
John Siomos Drums
Bill Takas Bass, Vocals
Danny Trifan Bass
Technical Credits
Fred Neil Composer
Buzzy Linhart Producer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Eddie Kramer Producer, Engineer
Luther Rix Producer
Bill Takas Producer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
Harry Yarmark Engineer
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