The Road to Travel

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Major labels were taking all kinds of chances on untested talent in the late '60s, but although his name may have been unfamiliar to most in the industry, Bert Sommer was hardly untested. By the release of The Road to Travel, his 1968 debut, he had already written five songs for the Vagrants founded by a pre-Mountain Leslie West, Sommer's schoolmate and sung lead vocals on the Left Banke's single "Ivy, Ivy" through a friendship with that band's Michael Brown. The Road to Travel shows that his well of inspiration had not yet run dry. With help from a conglomeration of friends and studio professionals, Sommer proved he was facile in a variety of styles -- orchestral pop, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Major labels were taking all kinds of chances on untested talent in the late '60s, but although his name may have been unfamiliar to most in the industry, Bert Sommer was hardly untested. By the release of The Road to Travel, his 1968 debut, he had already written five songs for the Vagrants founded by a pre-Mountain Leslie West, Sommer's schoolmate and sung lead vocals on the Left Banke's single "Ivy, Ivy" through a friendship with that band's Michael Brown. The Road to Travel shows that his well of inspiration had not yet run dry. With help from a conglomeration of friends and studio professionals, Sommer proved he was facile in a variety of styles -- orchestral pop, acoustic folk, and some of the most sensitive singer/songwriter material heard before the style had fully flowered with apologies to Tim Buckley. All of this was delivered in Sommer's plaintive voice, although he was more convincing when he really let go than when he tried to rein it in. Anachronistically, he began the LP with the words "And when it's over" the title of the opener, moving quickly on the song from eerie Baroque pop to bombastic, brass-led art rock. That was a mere taste of what was to come, encompassing the hippie-dippie end of folk on "Jennifer" the song Sommer gained raves for at Woodstock, straightforward sunshine pop for "Things Are Goin' My Way," and a curiously aggressive falsetto take on art rock for "Tonight Together." Sommer's power as a songwriter and performer was clear, but he was incredibly difficult to pin down. That may be what doomed The Road to Travel, but it has an undeniable flair.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2006
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929445123
  • Catalog Number: 151

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 And When It's Over (3:13)
  2. 2 Jennifer (2:35)
  3. 3 Things Are Goin' My Way (2:29)
  4. 4 She's Just a Girl (3:44)
  5. 5 Tonight Together (2:28)
  6. 6 The Road to Travel (3:54)
  7. 7 She's Gone (3:00)
  8. 8 Hold the Light (2:53)
  9. 9 A Simple Man (2:45)
  10. 10 Brink of Death (3:20)
  11. 11 A Note That Read (3:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bert Sommer Primary Artist, Guitar
Specs Powell Vibes
Sam T. Brown Guitar
Ron Frangipane Piano
Arthur Kaplan Flute
Joe Mack Bass
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Reinie Press Bass
Al Rogers Drums
Canny Cooch Guitar
Al Giorgoni Guitar
Paul Grivvin Piano
David Bennett Cohen Guitar
Technical Credits
Artie Kornfelds Tree Producer
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