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Two Nights Solo
     

Two Nights Solo

by Terry Tufts
 
Anyone who is easily annoyed by the particular quirks of the baby boomer generation may have trouble giving this album a fair shake. The cover features a picture of a highly stereotypical aging hippie, complete with granny glasses, receding hairline, ponytail, and vaguely Native American-looking necklaces. The album notes include a bitter denunciation of the human

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Anyone who is easily annoyed by the particular quirks of the baby boomer generation may have trouble giving this album a fair shake. The cover features a picture of a highly stereotypical aging hippie, complete with granny glasses, receding hairline, ponytail, and vaguely Native American-looking necklaces. The album notes include a bitter denunciation of the human race's "arrogance." All of this combines to induce a certain amount of cynical eye-rolling before the CD even enters the player -- but at that point, the cynicism melts away. For one thing, Terry Tufts is a simply monstrous guitarist, as his instrumentals, "H'aide 'Nor H'aire" and "Soaker," immediately demonstrate. For another thing, he is a very fine singer with a voice powerful enough to carry the facile pieties that mar some of his lyrics. But best of all, he manages for the most part to avoid those pieties; most of the songs presented on this live album are romantic musings that are either wistful ("Marylou in Burgundy") or wry ("Only Half-Way Home"), while others are simply celebrations of life and its pleasures ("Tearin' up the Tundra," "Revelstoke"). There is also a very nice solo version of the Beatles chestnut "With a Little Help From My Friends." It all adds up to a live set that any fan of modern folk music will wish he or she had caught personally and will be glad that someone else captured on tape.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/02/2002
Label:
Borealis Recording
UPC:
0773958114425
catalogNumber:
144
Rank:
145980

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