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First Light: Chicago 1969-1971

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Despite the lag between the 1965 recording of his debut album The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier and his 1972 sophomore effort Occasional Rain, Callier was far from inactive -- in addition to regularly playing on the Chicago club circuit, he also cut a series of extraordinary demos which have finally surfaced almost three decades later as First Light. In the nine studio tracks which comprise the collection -- a superb 1971 solo benefit date is also included -- it's possible to hear the foundations of the aesthetic perfected on his classic Cadet recordings of the mid-1970s; on early renditions of songs like "Ordinary Joe" and "Alley Wind Song," all the pieces are already ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Despite the lag between the 1965 recording of his debut album The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier and his 1972 sophomore effort Occasional Rain, Callier was far from inactive -- in addition to regularly playing on the Chicago club circuit, he also cut a series of extraordinary demos which have finally surfaced almost three decades later as First Light. In the nine studio tracks which comprise the collection -- a superb 1971 solo benefit date is also included -- it's possible to hear the foundations of the aesthetic perfected on his classic Cadet recordings of the mid-1970s; on early renditions of songs like "Ordinary Joe" and "Alley Wind Song," all the pieces are already in place, as the haunted soulfulness of Callier's vocals blends perfectly with waves of acoustic folk guitar and subtle jazz textures. "Can't Catch the Trane," a tribute to his hero John Coltrane, barrels forward with appropriate locomotive force, spurred on by an incendiary tenor sax solo, while "Lean on Me" is beautifully delicate, a ballad of remarkable warmth and tenderness. Essential stuff.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/2013
  • Label: Premonition Records
  • UPC: 669179074023
  • Catalog Number: 90740

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ordinary JOe (6:16)
  2. 2 Alley-Wind Song (7:46)
  3. 3 If I Could Make You Mine (3:12)
  4. 4 Naomi (7:18)
  5. 5 Can't Catch the Trane (3:47)
  6. 6 Trick All Your Time Away (6:52)
  7. 7 Golden Circle #317 (4:09)
  8. 8 Blues for Marcus (4:24)
  9. 9 Lean on Me (3:34)
  10. 10 900 Miles (7:47)
  11. 11 Gravy Waltz (3:18)
  12. 12 Occasional Rain (5:21)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Callier Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Primary Artist
Gary Gilbert Bass
Sid Sims Electric Bass
Pennington McGee Percussion
Roger Wanderscheid Drums, Mbira
Dave Cathenwood Vibes
Lennie Pirani Electric Piano
Rich Reeds Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Bill Bradley Engineer
George Edwards Producer
Al Brandtner Art Direction
Jason Rau Mastering
Roger Wanderscheid Contributor
Jeffrey Chouinard Producer, Engineer
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