Songs from the Gravel Road

Songs from the Gravel Road

by Ian Tyson
     
 

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Over the past 30 years or so, Ian Tyson has transformed himself from '60s folkie to a contemporary Western poet. Songs from the Gravel Road, then, will hold few surprises for old fans, but nonetheless excels as a solid performance from a confirmed romantic. Tyson divides his material up into a couple of types of love songs, one dedicated to the open landscape (See more details below

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Over the past 30 years or so, Ian Tyson has transformed himself from '60s folkie to a contemporary Western poet. Songs from the Gravel Road, then, will hold few surprises for old fans, but nonetheless excels as a solid performance from a confirmed romantic. Tyson divides his material up into a couple of types of love songs, one dedicated to the open landscape ("This Is My Sky" and "Land of Shining Mountains") and the other to true love ("Love Without End" and "So No More"). Of course, love never seems to last or the object of one's desire isn't always interested or available in Tyson's world, so the land itself is Tyson's true mistress. "Range Delivery" tells the story of a boy determined to avoid boarding school by running away to his natural environment, the hills and canyons. In these songs, the wide expanses of land may be haunted by the past and they may be altered by modernity, but even these facts seem to evoke more romanticism than despair. Tyson's voice has a mellow, quiet quality perfectly suited to the material and low-key arrangements. Two bonus tracks, "Moisture" and "Casey's Gone," help to fill out the album. Songs from the Gravel Road is Western-styled folk music, delivered with confidence.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/12/2005
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707978729
catalogNumber:
79787
Rank:
58199

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ian Tyson   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Guido Basso   Trumpet
Cindy Church   Vocals
Phil Dwyer   Soprano Saxophone
Michael Francis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Kelso   Drums
George Koller   Bass
Gordie Matthews   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Gord Maxwell   Bass,Background Vocals
Steve McDade   Trumpet
Tony Michaels   Fiddle
Thom Moon   Drums
Don Reed   Fiddle
John Sheard   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Kevin Breit   Acoustic Guitar,Bouzouki,Mandolin,Electric Guitar
Rick Whitelaw   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Mike Francis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Burke Carroll   Pedal Steel Guitar

Technical Credits

Ian Tyson   Composer
Danny Greenspoon   Producer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Dave Alcock   Engineer
Eric Wagers   Engineer
Traditional   Composer
Adrian Irving   Engineer
Buckeye Blake   Cover Painting

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