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Urban Cowboy
     

Urban Cowboy

by Andy Roberts
 
Urban Cowboy, its title predating the John Travolta movie popularization of that phrase by seven years, typified both why folk-rock fans have a soft spot for Andy Roberts, and why he'll never have a wide following. It falls between the average and excellent in quality, with enough good moments and

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Urban Cowboy, its title predating the John Travolta movie popularization of that phrase by seven years, typified both why folk-rock fans have a soft spot for Andy Roberts, and why he'll never have a wide following. It falls between the average and excellent in quality, with enough good moments and aspects to make it worth a spin, but not enough quality or energy to get too excited about. It's not quite as good as his earlier 1970s albums either, but it's not too far off the mark of those, with a similar unassuming blend of pop, country, and blues influences into an early-'70s pop
ock-folk sound. It might be more pleasant than attention-grabbing, and there might be too-strong echoes of others for some listeners' taste, with faint traces of James Taylor and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young here and there. Still, a few songs here are among Roberts' best, including the wistful country-folk title track, even if one of the lines gets kind of close to Neil Young's "Country Girl." "Elaine" is about as good a country blues-colored tune as he managed, and the memorably titled "Poison Apple Lady" a solid ballad. While it's not representative of the album as a whole, the clear standout is the magically haunting minor-keyed folk-rock of "All Around My Grandmother's Floor," which sounds like a lost British acid folk classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2012
Label:
Fledg'ling Uk
UPC:
5020393308823
catalogNumber:
3088
Rank:
164026

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Andy Roberts   Primary Artist,Dulcimer,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Martin Carthy   Banjo
Zoot Money   Background Vocals
Richard Thompson   Electric Guitar
Neil Innes   Electric Guitar
Paul Kent   Background Vocals
Gerry Conway   Tambourine
Timi Donald   Drums
John Megginson   Piano
Gillian Noel   Background Vocals
Dick Parry   Saxophone
Bob Ronga   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Background Vocals
Karene Wallace   Background Vocals
Mike Kellie   Drums
Iain Matthews   Background Vocals
David Richards   Bass,Harmonium,Electric Piano,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Jim Hall   Composer
Jerry Boys   Engineer
Sandy Roberton   Producer
Traditional   Composer
Tony White   Artwork

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