The Earth Rider - The Essential John Stewart 1964-1979

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If ever there was an enigma in American music, John Stewart is it. How many people can claim to have been the last member of the Kingston Trio and become its frontman, to have been the official musician for the Robert Kennedy campaign, to write hits for the Monkees and Fleetwood Mac, to be admired by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kinky Friedman, Emmylou Harris, and the entire L.A. Jackson Eagles studio mafia? Just one: John Stewart, who continued to still kick them out, record after record, albeit on smaller labels than Capitol or A&M. While there are plenty of reasons to seek out Stewart's Kingston Trio material, this anthology on Raven doesn't do so, partially because ...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
If ever there was an enigma in American music, John Stewart is it. How many people can claim to have been the last member of the Kingston Trio and become its frontman, to have been the official musician for the Robert Kennedy campaign, to write hits for the Monkees and Fleetwood Mac, to be admired by Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, Kinky Friedman, Emmylou Harris, and the entire L.A. Jackson Eagles studio mafia? Just one: John Stewart, who continued to still kick them out, record after record, albeit on smaller labels than Capitol or A&M. While there are plenty of reasons to seek out Stewart's Kingston Trio material, this anthology on Raven doesn't do so, partially because that material is so well documented elsewhere and in part because as a solo artist Stewart was his own enigma. Like the Byrds, the Mamas & the Papas, the Grateful Dead, the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Jefferson Airplane, the Beach Boys, and Buffalo Springfield, Stewart embodied a particular tract of California's musical terrain and its mystique. In Stewart's music, like "California Bloodlines," "Razorback Woman," "Some Lonesome Picker," "Willard," and other songs, his folk met country and the expanding textures of pop; his stories entered the listener without force but left their mark nonetheless. "Daydream Believer" is Stewart's voice in a real folk song, kissed by the brightness of pop and graced with California's sunshine. From "Anna on a Memory" to "Chilly Winds," Stewart seemed unaffected by the changing times. He was still looking under the surface for the places in memory and in emotions that make listeners experience things in common. Most of the material here is from the late '60s and early to mid-'70s, but as late as Fire in the Wind, Stewart may have been using updated production techniques but was still writing paeans to truckers. Only on the material from Bombs Away Dream Babies with its smash "Gold" and "Midnight Wind" do the sounds embrace the modern day -- yet even here the lyrics don't. With Fleetwood Mac kicking behind him and turning his questions into the very things he was begging the answers to, Stewart is still looking at society with bemusement and a wonder that expresses disillusionment at why others don't notice the glory and the grace in people who work in gas stations. Raven has done a fantastic job of revealing how large the myth of Stewart is and how great his enigma remains with this 24-track anthology. For the curious, dubious, and faithful, this is a fine way to spend your hard-earned money.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2003
  • Label: Raven [australia]
  • UPC: 612657017128
  • Catalog Number: 171
  • Sales rank: 24,644

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Song for a Friend (2:35)
  2. 2 Signals to Ludi (3:08)
  3. 3 California Bloodlines (3:13)
  4. 4 Razorback Woman (2:27)
  5. 5 Some Lonesome Picker (3:10)
  6. 6 Mother Country (4:54)
  7. 7 Willard (3:32)
  8. 8 Clack Clack (2:23)
  9. 9 Earth Rider (2:49)
  10. 10 Daydream Believer (3:33)
  11. 11 Little Road and a Stone to Roll (3:35)
  12. 12 Kansas Rain (2:27)
  13. 13 All Time Woman (3:20)
  14. 14 Anna on a Memory (3:05)
  15. 15 Armstrong (2:40)
  16. 16 Chilly Winds (3:35)
  17. 17 Road Away (3:37)
  18. 18 Wheatfield Lady (2:11)
  19. 19 July, You're a Woman (4:45)
  20. 20 You Can't Look Back (1:49)
  21. 21 Let the Big Horse Run (3:48)
  22. 22 18 Wheels (2:44)
  23. 23 Gold - Stevie Nicks (4:21)
  24. 24 Midnight Wind - Stevie Nicks (4:20)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Stewart Primary Artist, Guitar
Lindsey Buckingham Guitar
Technical Credits
The Kingston Trio Contributor
John Stewart Producer
Lindsey Buckingham Producer
Stevie Nicks Vocal Assistance
Ralph Towner Composer
Nick Reynolds Contributor
Peter Asher Producer
Chip Douglas String Arrangements
Buffy Ford Contributor
David Kershenbaum Producer
Nelson Riddle Composer
Peter O'Brien Interviewer
Bob Shane Contributor
Michael Stewart Contributor
Nick Venet Producer
Bergen White Arranger
Mentor Williams Producer
Rod Wilson Interviewer
Glenn A. Baker Liner Notes, Concept, Annotation
Fred Carter Jr. Producer
Warren Barnett Mastering
Peter Shillito Concept
Pete Frame Interviewer
Ray Coleman Interviewer
W. Patrick Harper Cover Photo
Beaulah Stewart Contributor
Jeremy Stewart Contributor
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    John Stewart--One of the Good Ones Who Didn't Get Enough Credit

    John Stewart sang with the Kingston Trio back in the early '60's, then moved on to his solo career. The man never got his due, never hit the charts in a big way, but he could write! If you are not moved by songs like "Gold," "Anna on a Memory," and "Armstrong"(inspired by Neil Armstrong's moon walk in 1969), then you need to work on your feelings. Stewart was never "commercial"--whatever that means--but he was a talent for sure. Listen to the lyrics, enjoy the music and give this CD a serious shot.

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