First Album

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Roger Morris' obscure First Album was part of a low-key country-roots rock movement in Britain in the early '70s -- Brinsley Schwarz being its most notable exponents -- that led to and could be considered an early part of the pub rock genre. The Band was a big influence on roots rock and pub rock, but even if you subscribe to the theory that there's no better way to start than by paying tribute to the masters, the Band's influence on this record is so obvious and inescapable that it starts to sound like an actual tribute album. It's not as alarmingly imitative as it might have been, since Morris is a skilled if derivative songwriter, and the musicianship is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Roger Morris' obscure First Album was part of a low-key country-roots rock movement in Britain in the early '70s -- Brinsley Schwarz being its most notable exponents -- that led to and could be considered an early part of the pub rock genre. The Band was a big influence on roots rock and pub rock, but even if you subscribe to the theory that there's no better way to start than by paying tribute to the masters, the Band's influence on this record is so obvious and inescapable that it starts to sound like an actual tribute album. It's not as alarmingly imitative as it might have been, since Morris is a skilled if derivative songwriter, and the musicianship is accomplished. Still, the effect is something like hearing a more laid-back, countrified early Band record that happens to have a singer that wasn't in the group. Morris, too, is not as strong or identifiable a vocalist as Levon Helm, Richard Manuel, or Rick Danko, with a scrawny tone that at times bears a slight resemblance to Van Morrison. It's a genial take on the Band sound, but not a very original effort. The highlight's the dramatic "The Trail of Tears," whose tolling bells and light orchestration not only add some tension, but refreshingly are touches the early Band would not have been wont to employ. The 2005 CD reissue on Hux adds historical liner notes and four previously unreleased bonus cuts, done about a year after the album, with a similar style and slightly lower but still decent fidelity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • Label: Vinyl Lovers
  • UPC: 889397900786
  • Catalog Number: 900786
  • Sales rank: 250,076

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taken for Granted (3:56)
  2. 2 The Vigil (4:07)
  3. 3 Golightly's Almanac (3:08)
  4. 4 Showdown (3:08)
  5. 5 All My Riches (3:11)
  6. 6 The Trail of Tears (3:05)
  7. 7 Northern Star (3:10)
  8. 8 Livin' on Memories (2:40)
  9. 9 Poor Lucy (4:50)
  10. 10 First Snow (2:39)
  11. 11 Let the Four Winds Blow (3:53)
  12. 12 Idaho (4:36)
  13. 13 Mississippi Story (4:07)
  14. 14 Down the Meadow (3:24)
  15. 15 The Number 1 Need (3:08)
  16. 16 Copenhagen Moon (4:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Roger Morris Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
John Weider Fiddle, Guitar
John Almond Saxophone
Ken Burgess Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Rod Coombes Drums
Tommy Eyre Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Piano-Accordion, fender rhodes
DeLisle Harper Bass
Chris Mercer Saxophone
Bruce Rowland Drums
Bruce Rowlands Drums
Terry Stannard Drums
Keith West Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Glenn Ross Campbell Steel Guitar
Technical Credits
Ken Burgess Producer
Roger Morris Composer
Keith West Producer, Audio Production
Nigel Cross Liner Notes
Gerard Kelly Original Sleeve Design
Ken Burgess Audio Production
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