Saturday, June 02, 2018

Bureman & O'Rourke - Strawberry Pickin's ( 1974)

Προέλευση Κάνσας, έτος 1974. Είναι ο πρώτος δίσκος από αυτό το ντουέτο Bruce Bureman και Tim O'Rourke που έχει άλλον ένα που δεν έχω ακούσει (αν το έχει κάποιος ας ειδοποιήσει). Στο οπισθόφυλλο μάλλον μας λένε πως ο δίσκος τους περιέχει τραγούδια που διάλεξαν οι ακροατές τους στο  Putche's Strawberry Patch.  Στο δισκο θα ακούσετε και μελωδίες-αρμονίες  και rural folk και acid folk και γενικά όλα όσα θέλει να ακούει ένας οπαδός του είδους.  Εκτίμησή μου και για αυτό το λόγο ανεβάζω το δίσκο είναι οτι θα σας αρέσει.

This is a fairly well-known title among private press rural rockers, yet listening to it I think it deserves a little more attention. It's simply a good, enjoyable album that could well have come out on a real record label. Music-wise it's bluegrass-oriented roots sounds, utilizing a standard rock setting plus banjo and mandolin. It's not a hippie barnyard thing like Sodbusters, but a more genuinely dedicated effort that reminds me of the Brown County Band.

Side 1 is more traditional, while side 2 leans more towards rural rock with a possible New Riders Of The Purple Sage influence. That said, "Genevieve" on side 1 is the strongest track of all, an excellent original that could have come from the Modlin & Scott LP. Covers include a fine "Mr Bojangles", "Love Song" by Loggins & Messina, and a couple of trad numbers. While not quite up there with Cambridge or the Black Canyon Gang, Strawberry Pickin's (it's their apostrophe) plays through like a charm, and will appeal to anyone with an ear for rural rock, country-rock and modern bluegrass. This used to be in 'The Attic', but both quality and recent going rates promotes it as a matter for the main Acid Archives. The duo had at least one more album.
Acid archives

A1      Bo Jangles   3:45
A2      Frankie And Johnnie       2:15
A3      Genevieve?  3:45
A4      Going Home 2:13
A5      Fox On The Run    2:15
A6      K.T.A. 2:27
B1      86 Proof      3:30
B2      Rotation       2:25
B3      Back Down On The Road Again 2:51
B4      Love Song   2:59
B5      Chanson de l'Oiseau       2:15
B6      Ol' Bill          4:03