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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Canadian roots/blues artist and producer Linden hasn't made a bad or even lackluster album under his own name or with his occasional Blackie & the Rodeo Kings cohorts. This 1994 Juno award winner is an unqualified success as well as somewhat of a blueprint for his approach. His combination of subtle rock, blues, gospel, and folk played with acoustic and electric instruments was already perfected even on this early effort and his songwriting reflects that. The originals that dominate the set are fully realized slices of strummy blues, sung in an affable style by Linden who crafts terrific hooks that are never obvious or forced. A few obscure covers (from Sonny Terry, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Canadian roots/blues artist and producer Linden hasn't made a bad or even lackluster album under his own name or with his occasional Blackie & the Rodeo Kings cohorts. This 1994 Juno award winner is an unqualified success as well as somewhat of a blueprint for his approach. His combination of subtle rock, blues, gospel, and folk played with acoustic and electric instruments was already perfected even on this early effort and his songwriting reflects that. The originals that dominate the set are fully realized slices of strummy blues, sung in an affable style by Linden who crafts terrific hooks that are never obvious or forced. A few obscure covers (from Sonny Terry, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Willie Dixon) spice the proceedings, occasionally pushing the mood into a deeper blues groove and gospel direction. Linden's vibrant version of the standard "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" adds female backing vocals to highlight the churchy feel, but it's his stunning acoustic guitar work that drives the performance. Some of Linden's lyrics flirt with the obtuse as on the opening to the folksy "Still Yesterday" where he is seated between two "cigar smoking infants, waiting on the runway." Fellow Canadians and members of the Band (Rick Danko and Garth Hudson along with American Levon Helm) are featured on a sticker adorning the disc but their contributions are minimal. Bruce Cockburn is more of a presence but this is all Linden's show. His guitar work, whether plugged in or not, is superb throughout and his dusky vocals, similar to those of Danko and to a lesser extent T Bone Burnett, are affecting yet understated. Comparisons to the Band are understandable, but Linden has crafted his own style for a set that remains an undiscovered gem. It's a real find.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/7/1994
  • Label: DELUGE RECORDS
  • UPC: 048691300443
  • Catalog Number: 3004

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Colin Linden Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Bruce Cockburn Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Voices
Rick Danko Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Lori Yates Vocals
Richard Bell Organ, Piano
Gary Craig Percussion, Drums
John Dymond Bass, Fretless Bass Guitar
Levon Helm Mandolin, Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Garth Hudson Accordion
John Whynot Organ, Tambourine
Terry Wilkins Bass, String Bass
Ken Whiteley Vocals
Blair Packham Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Curtis Driedger Mandolin, Violin, Sampling, Harmony, Sampled Violin, Vocal Harmony
Janice Powers Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Scott Dibble Harmony, Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
Richard Chycki Engineer
Todd Levine Engineer
Colin Linden Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
John Naslen Engineer
Scott Petito Engineer
John Whynot Engineer
Patrick Duffy Art Direction
Randy Labbe Executive Producer
Scott Dibble Concept
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