Urban Cowboy

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2012
  • Label: Fledg'ling Uk
  • EAN: 5020393308823
  • Catalog Number: 3088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Charlie (1:29)
  2. 2 Big City Tension (4:30)
  3. 3 New Karenski (4:08)
  4. 4 Urban Cowboy (3:43)
  5. 5 Elaine (4:34)
  6. 6 Home At Last - The Grimms Band (2:55)
  7. 7 All Around My Grandmother's Floor (3:13)
  8. 8 Richmond (4:53)
  9. 9 Baby, Baby (2:26)
  10. 10 Poison Apple Lady (4:15)
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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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