Sunforest

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Tom Rapp's last album for over a quarter of a century, released in 1973 just before he left pop music to become a civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, doesn't have the cracked acid-folk majesty of his two ESP-Disk releases or the haunting delicacy of his four Reprise albums (all released under the name Pearls Before Swine, though Sunforest's cover painting shows Rapp sporting a Pearls Before Swine button, it was released as a solo album). Yet although Sunforest is easily the weakest of Rapp's albums, it still has much to recommend it. Rapp is a gifted, intelligent lyricist with a streak of wry humor (check the bittersweet closer "Sunshine and Charles": "She was 16 when ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Tom Rapp's last album for over a quarter of a century, released in 1973 just before he left pop music to become a civil rights lawyer in Philadelphia, doesn't have the cracked acid-folk majesty of his two ESP-Disk releases or the haunting delicacy of his four Reprise albums (all released under the name Pearls Before Swine, though Sunforest's cover painting shows Rapp sporting a Pearls Before Swine button, it was released as a solo album). Yet although Sunforest is easily the weakest of Rapp's albums, it still has much to recommend it. Rapp is a gifted, intelligent lyricist with a streak of wry humor (check the bittersweet closer "Sunshine and Charles": "She was 16 when she met Jesus/He was the Puerto Rican kid who lived next door/They got married and they loved each other/Up until the day they didn't anymore") and a storytelling talent both fanciful and sharp. The surprising calypso lilt of the joyous opener "Comin' Back" sounds like Van Dyke Parks' Discover America, which had come out the year before, but most of the rest of the album stays in the styles Rapp had explored on his earlier records. There are lengthy, mystical ballads like the title track; desolate and haunted tunes like "Forbidden City"; and the puckish "Love/Sex," a forceful reply to Stephen Stills' "dig my swingin' ways" load of horseflop "Love the One You're With." Nearly all the songs are worthwhile (though Rapp justifiably dismisses the negligible "Someplace to Belong" in the CD reissue's liner notes), and only the less interesting than usual production keeps this from being a top-drawer Rapp release.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/21/2009
  • Label: Lemon Records Uk
  • EAN: 5013929772922
  • Catalog Number: 129
  • Sales rank: 115,859

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Comin' Back (2:54)
  2. 2 Prayers of Action (2:59)
  3. 3 Forbidden City (2:48)
  4. 4 Love/Sex (4:02)
  5. 5 Harding Street (3:39)
  6. 6 Blind River (4:59)
  7. 7 Someplace to Belong (2:50)
  8. 8 Sunforest (6:19)
  9. 9 Sunshine & Charles (4:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Rapp Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Buddy Spicher Violin, Electric Viola
Bob Dorough Piano
Bobby Wood Percussion, Piano
Buzz Cason Bass, Vocal Harmony
Kenny Buttrey Drums
Chip Young Guitar
Charles Cochran Piano
Chuck Cochran Piano
Jim Colvard Dobro, Guitar
Art Ellis Flute, Conductor, Conga, Vocals
Diane Harris Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Karl Himmel Percussion, Drums, Bells, Wind Chimes, Arabian Drum
Mike Leech Bass
Steve McCord Guitar
Farrell Morris Percussion
Bill Rollins Cello
Bill Salter Bass
William Salter Bass
Bobby Thompson Banjo, Dobro, Guitar
Reggie Young Piano
Charlie McCoy Organ, Guitar, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboards, Vocals, Bowed Psaltery
Bob Moore Bass
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Bass
Reggie Young Piano
David Briggs Piano
Chuck Cochean Piano
Warren Smith Percussion, Marimbas
Technical Credits
Charlie Bragg Engineer
Larry Butler Producer
Chuck Cochran String Arrangements
Rex Collier Engineer
Jim Colvard Contributor
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Mike Leech String Arrangements, Bass Arrangement
Peter H. Edmiston Producer
Hugh Gilmour Reissue Design
Malcolm Dome Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Josh Contributor
Larry Butler Producer
Chuck Cochean String Arrangements
Phillip Hays Cover Painting
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