Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Ian Tyson has had something of a triple career. As one half of the celebrated duo Ian & Sylvia, he was one of the primary architects of the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s. Then, in 1970, he helped to launch the country-rock movement as a member of Great Speckled Bird. Then he took part in the cowboy music revival with a solo album titled Cowboyography in 1986. A tribute album has been long overdue, and this one is blessedly free of obvious superstar cameos (though previously released songs by both Gordon Lightfoot and Tom Russell are included, and the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott makes a suitably grizzled appearance as well). The best tracks are ones contributed by ...
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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Ian Tyson has had something of a triple career. As one half of the celebrated duo Ian & Sylvia, he was one of the primary architects of the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s. Then, in 1970, he helped to launch the country-rock movement as a member of Great Speckled Bird. Then he took part in the cowboy music revival with a solo album titled Cowboyography in 1986. A tribute album has been long overdue, and this one is blessedly free of obvious superstar cameos (though previously released songs by both Gordon Lightfoot and Tom Russell are included, and the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott makes a suitably grizzled appearance as well). The best tracks are ones contributed by artists whose names may not be recognized at all by non-Canadian folk music fans: Cindy Church (whose version of "Range Delivery" is a reggae song barely disguised as country), Jennifer Warnes (whose "Blue Mountains of Mexico" incorporates strings more successfully than one could reasonably have wished), and the McDades (whose "Smuggler's Cove" does the same with Irish flute). David Rea's take on the title track sounds rough in a way that comes across as more affected than genuine, and Blue Rodeo's Byrds-y version of "Four Strong Winds" starts out charming but eventually grows strangely annoying. Oh, but there actually is one more star turn -- Chris Hillman delivers what may be the album's high point, a gorgeous rendition of the wryly heartbroken "What Does She See." Very, very nice.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532132220
  • Catalog Number: 1322
  • Sales rank: 146,667

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Four Strong Winds - Blue Rodeo (3:45)
  2. 2 MC Horses - Corb Lund (3:17)
  3. 3 Blue Mountains of Mexico - Jennifer Warnes (3:17)
  4. 4 What Does She See - Chris Hillman (3:28)
  5. 5 Red Velvet - Gordon Lightfoot (2:39)
  6. 6 The Gift - David Rea (4:21)
  7. 7 Range Delivery - Cindy Church (3:44)
  8. 8 Smuggler's Cove - McDades (5:08)
  9. 9 Some Kind of Fool - Amos Garrett (3:29)
  10. 10 Old Cheyenne - Tom Russell (4:53)
  11. 11 Someday Soon - The Circus in Flames (5:32)
  12. 12 Will James - Ramblin' Jack Elliott (2:52)
  13. 13 You're Not Alone Anymore - Stewart MacDougall (3:58)
  14. 14 Summer Wages - The Good Brothers (3:08)
  15. 15 Moondancer - Jeff Bradshaw (4:22)
  16. 16 Interview with Ramblin' Jack Elliott and Buddy Cage - Ramblin' Jack Elliott (2:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Hillman Mandolin, Vocals
Ian Tyson Background Vocals
Gordon Lightfoot Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Hi String
David Rea Guitar, Vocals
Tom Russell Guitar, Vocals
Jennifer Warnes Vocals
Amos Garrett Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Rick Cunha Guitar
Bill Bryson Bass
Buddy Cage Steel Guitar
Cindy Church Vocals
Joel Derouin Violin
Debra Dobkin Percussion
Bazil Donovan Bass
Skip Edwards Accordion
Michael Francis Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Brian Good Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bruce Good Autoharp, Background Vocals
Larry Good Banjo, Background Vocals
Danny Greenspoon Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Hardin Guitar
Mike Heffernan Synthesizer, Keyboards
Barry Keane Percussion, Drums
Greg Keelor Guitar, Vocals
Mark Kelso Drums
George Koller Bass
Mike Lent Electric Bass, Vocals, Acoustic Bass
Glenn Milchem Drums
Thom Moon Drums
Herb Pedersen Acoustic Guitar, Background Vocals
Simeon Pillich Bass
John Sheard Keyboards
Harry Stinson Background Vocals
David Wilkie Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar (Tenor)
Wendell Ferguson Electric Guitar
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger Fiddle
Stewart MacDougall Piano, Vocals
Rick Whitelaw Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Mark Sterling Guitar, Vocals
Doug Andrew Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Bob Egan Pedal Steel Guitar
Rick Haynes Bass
Yann Falquet Guitar
Shannon Johnson Fiddle, Vocals
Corb Lund Guitar, Vocals
Jeff Bradshaw Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Steel Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Bob Packwood Piano
Ron Allan Upright Bass
Lisa Logan Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Chris Hillman Producer
Ian Tyson Composer
David Rea Producer
Tom Russell Producer
Amos Garrett Producer
Barry Allen Engineer
Rick Cunha Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Bob Doidge Producer, Engineer
Rudi Ekstein Engineer
Danny Greenspoon Producer
Colin Lay Engineer
Holger Petersen Executive Producer
Jeff Wolpert Engineer
Jerry Woolsey Engineer
Peter North Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Mark Sterling Producer
Doug Andrew Producer
Peter J. Moore Mastering
Steve Bellamy Engineer
Corb Lund Producer
Jeff Bradshaw Producer
Jason D'Ottavio Engineer
Marcus Paquin Engineer
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