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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On his second album with rock instrumentation following 'Bout Changes & Things, Take 2, his electrified remake of 'Bout Changes & Things, Andersen was growing more comfortable with a folk-rock setting. Lingering comparisons as a gentler Bob Dylan remained inevitable, though, on tracks like "Tin Can Alley Part 1" and "Tin Can Alley Part 2" which open and close the record, respectively in both the vocal phrasing and the anxious strings of odd imagery. Similarities, alas, didn't end there. Several New York sessionmen that played on early folk-rock albums by Dylan and others filled out the sound, including Al Kooper, Bobby Gregg, Herb Lovelle, Paul Harris, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
On his second album with rock instrumentation following 'Bout Changes & Things, Take 2, his electrified remake of 'Bout Changes & Things, Andersen was growing more comfortable with a folk-rock setting. Lingering comparisons as a gentler Bob Dylan remained inevitable, though, on tracks like "Tin Can Alley Part 1" and "Tin Can Alley Part 2" which open and close the record, respectively in both the vocal phrasing and the anxious strings of odd imagery. Similarities, alas, didn't end there. Several New York sessionmen that played on early folk-rock albums by Dylan and others filled out the sound, including Al Kooper, Bobby Gregg, Herb Lovelle, Paul Harris, and Paul Griffin, and "Honey" doesn't sound too far off the Highway 61 Revisited route, though the song isn't great. There was also some period Baroque folk production -- flowery vibes, peppy horns, light dramatic orchestration, and the like -- that add some color and dimension, but also make it dated. Andersen sounded best on his more tuneful and pensive ballads, like "Miss Lonely Are You Blue" and "Just a Little Something"; the more sardonic and lyrically vague outings just don't seem as in tune with his strengths and artistic personality. There are touches of bluesy vaudevillian honky tonk "Mary Sunshine," "Hello Sun" and good-time pop also on "Mary Sunshine," interestingly enough. Other tracks, like the lengthy "Rollin' Home It's a Far Cry From Heaven but a Short Cry From Home" and "Broken-Hearted Mama," sound rather like the Blues Project's folk-rock ventures. Ultimately it's a respectable but erratic album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/1994
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • UPC: 015707927123
  • Catalog Number: 79271

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Tin Can Alley, Pt. 1 (3:03)
  2. 2 16 Year Grudge (4:17)
  3. 3 Miss Lonely Are You Blue (4:12)
  4. 4 Mary Sunshine (3:53)
  5. 5 Honey (2:53)
  6. 6 Just a Little Something (2:59)
  7. 7 Rollin' Home (It's a Far Cry From Heaven and a Short Cry From Home) (3:40)
  8. 8 On the Edge of You (3:42)
  9. 9 Broken Hearted Mama (3:01)
  10. 10 Hello Sun (2:05)
  11. 11 A Woman Is a Prism (4:59)
  12. 12 Tin Can Alley, Pt. 2 (3:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eric Andersen Primary Artist, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Al Kooper Guitar
Al Cooper Guitar
Amos Garrett Guitar
Bobby Gregg Drums
Debbie Green Piano
Steve Anander Bass
Bob Bushnell Bass
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Randy Ciarlante Drums
George Devens Percussion
George Devins Percussion
Gregg Devins Percussion
Debbie Greene Guitar, Piano
Paul Griffin Piano
Paul Harris Piano, Keyboards
Jack Jennings Percussion
Herb Lovelle Percussion, Drums
Joe Mack Bass
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Norbert Putnam Bass
Bob Rafkin Guitar
Al Rogers Drums
Irving Spice Concert Master
Don Thomas Guitar
David Briggs Keyboards
Technical Credits
Eric Andersen Composer
Trade Martin Arranger, Producer
Al Gorgoni Arranger, Producer
Bob Rafkin Arranger, Producer
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