Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Eric Andersen-Blue River (1972, Acoustic Folk/ Rock)

With mid-'60s gems like Violets of Dawn, Thirsty Boots, and Close the Door Lightly, Eric Andersen became the archetypal, literate romantic before the likes of James Taylor and Jackson Browne had even cut their first records, but at the same time seemed to lack direction from album to album. With his eighth album, Blue River, recorded in Nashville in 1972, he found the perfect setting for his gentle, poetic songs. After nearly seven years of dabbling in folk, folk-rock, pop, and country, Andersen found a smart, sympathetic ear in producer Norbert Putnam. Putnam, whose production here is rarely extraneous, utilizes subtle touches of bass, drums, accordion, and organ along with Andersen's own guitar, piano, and harmonica to frame the material. The record, Andersen's first effort for Columbia, also featured his best collection of tunes to date.Blue River, with its themes of uncertainty and struggle, is by no means a casual record, although songs such as the bittersweet "Is It Really Love at All" and the title track, featuring Joni Mitchell's ethereal supporting vocal, will draw the listener in with their sheer beauty. Andersen, then in his late twenties, was dealing with questions of love, life, and desire with a maturity matched only by a handful of songwriters at the time. Never overly precious or maudlin, nearly every cut resonates with eloquence and grace. Although continuing to grow as a writer in the years to come, Blue River remains Eric Andersen's masterwork and one of the true classics of the genre.

by Brett Hartenbach,

Very good album by Eric..if you find any links to other albums of Eric, dont hesitate to tell me..

Get it:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you again!!!!

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

file is gone.

4:26 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

These links gathered from various blogs ENJOY
Eric Andersen - Today Is The Highway
Eric Andersen - About Changes And Things
Be True To You – Eric Andersen (1975)
Danko/Fjeld/Andersen – Self-titled (1991)
Danko/Fjeld/Andersen -- Ridin’ On The Blinds (1994)
Broadside of Boston [January 6, 1965]
"Judy Collins, Eric Andersen,
Dick and Mimi Farina To Do Benefit."

7:35 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

P/S these are for you please do not publish as mine

7:37 AM  
Blogger Jefrey said...

is there anyway to get a re:post of these Andersen records?

1:20 PM  

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