Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson

Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson


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Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson

Ian Tyson has had something of a triple career. As one half of the celebrated duo Ian & Sylvia, he was one of the primary architects of the Great Folk Scare of the 1960s. Then, in 1970, he helped to launch the country-rock movement as a member of Great Speckled Bird. Then he took part in the cowboy music revival with a solo album titled Cowboyography in 1986. A tribute album has been long overdue, and this one is blessedly free of obvious superstar cameos (though previously released songs by both Gordon Lightfoot and Tom Russell are included, and the legendary Ramblin' Jack Elliott makes a suitably grizzled appearance as well). The best tracks are ones contributed by artists whose names may not be recognized at all by non-Canadian folk music fans: Cindy Church (whose version of "Range Delivery" is a reggae song barely disguised as country), Jennifer Warnes (whose "Blue Mountains of Mexico" incorporates strings more successfully than one could reasonably have wished), and the McDades (whose "Smuggler's Cove" does the same with Irish flute). David Rea's take on the title track sounds rough in a way that comes across as more affected than genuine, and Blue Rodeo's Byrds-y version of "Four Strong Winds" starts out charming but eventually grows strangely annoying. Oh, but there actually is one more star turn -- Chris Hillman delivers what may be the album's high point, a gorgeous rendition of the wryly heartbroken "What Does She See." Very, very nice.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532132220
catalogNumber: 1322
Rank: 133461

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chris Hillman   Mandolin,Vocals
Ian Tyson   Background Vocals
Gordon Lightfoot   Guitar,Vocals,12-string Guitar,Hi String
David Rea   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Russell   Guitar,Vocals
Jennifer Warnes   Vocals
Amos Garrett   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Rick Cunha   Guitar
Bill Bryson   Bass
Buddy Cage   Steel Guitar
Cindy Church   Vocals
Joel Derouin   Violin
Debra Dobkin   Percussion
Bazil Donovan   Bass
Skip Edwards   Accordion
Michael Francis   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Brian Good   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bruce Good   Autoharp,Background Vocals
Larry Good   Banjo,Background Vocals
Danny Greenspoon   Acoustic Guitar
Andrew Hardin   Guitar
Mike Heffernan   Synthesizer,Keyboards
Barry Keane   Percussion,Drums
Greg Keelor   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Kelso   Drums
George Koller   Bass
Mike Lent   Electric Bass,Vocals,Acoustic Bass
Glenn Milchem   Drums
Thom Moon   Drums
Herb Pedersen   Acoustic Guitar,Background Vocals
Simeon Pillich   Bass
John Sheard   Keyboards
Harry Stinson   Background Vocals
David Wilkie   Mandolin,Vocals,Guitar (Tenor)
Wendell Ferguson   Electric Guitar
Dennis "Cannonball" Caplinger   Fiddle
Stewart MacDougall   Piano,Vocals
Rick Whitelaw   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mark Sterling   Guitar,Vocals
Doug Andrew   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals
Bob Egan   Pedal Steel Guitar
Rick Haynes   Bass
Yann Falquet   Guitar
Shannon Johnson   Fiddle,Vocals
Corb Lund   Guitar,Vocals
Jeff Bradshaw   Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
Bob Packwood   Piano
Ron Allan   Upright Bass
Lisa Logan   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Chris Hillman   Producer
Ian Tyson   Composer
David Rea   Producer
Tom Russell   Producer
Amos Garrett   Producer
Barry Allen   Engineer
Rick Cunha   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Bob Doidge   Producer,Engineer
Rudi Ekstein   Engineer
Danny Greenspoon   Producer
Colin Lay   Engineer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Jeff Wolpert   Engineer
Jerry Woolsey   Engineer
Peter North   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Mark Sterling   Producer
Doug Andrew   Producer
Steve Bellamy   Engineer
Corb Lund   Producer
Jeff Bradshaw   Producer
Jason D'Ottavio   Engineer
Marcus Paquin   Engineer

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