Category: Soft Rock/Folk Rock

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left

Nick Drake – Five Leaves Left AMG Review: It’s little wonder why Drake felt frustrated at the lack of commercial success his music initially gathered, considering the help he had on his debut record. Besides fine production from Joe Boyd and assistance from folks like Fairport Convention’s Richard Thompson and his unrelated bass counterpart from Pentangle, […]

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John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites

John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites   AMG Review :   The title John Fahey – The Dance of Death & Other Plantation Favorites might lead some to believe that this is a collection of public-domain items that go back to the Deep South of the 19th century. However, while this […]

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Sibylle Baier – Colour Green

Sibylle Baier – Colour Green AMG Review: Sibylle Baier – Colour Green, the one and only release from German underground folk denizen Sibylle Baier, has been around since the early ’70s, albeit in her closet. Recorded on reel-to-reel in her home between 1970-1973, the budding actress, seamstress, writer, mother, and singer/songwriter chose family over fame, […]

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Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread

Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread   Hope Sandoval – Bavarian Fruit Bread is the debut album from Hope Sandoval, former vocalist of Mazzy Star, and Colm Ó Cíosóig, former drummer of My Bloody Valentine, released under the name Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions on October 23, 2001 by Sanctuary Records in the United […]

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The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man

The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man Mr. The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man is the debut album by the American folk rock band The Byrds and was released in June 1965 on Columbia Records (see 1965 in music).[1] The album, along with the single of the same name, established the band as an internationally successful […]

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Al Stewart – Year of the Cat

Al Stewart – Year of the Cat AMG Review: Al Stewart had found his voice on Past, Present & Future and found his sound on Modern Times. He then perfected it all on 1976’s Al Stewart – Year of the Cat, arguably his masterpiece. There is no overarching theme here, as there was on its […]

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Passenger – All The Little Lights

 Passenger – All The Little Lights       Passenger – All The Little Lights is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter Passenger, and was released by Black Crow Records on 24 February 2012. The album contains 12 tracks, comprising 11 studio tracks recorded at Sydney’s Linear Recording, and one song recorded live at […]

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Neil Young – On the Beach

Neil Young – On the Beach Neil Young – On the Beach is the fifth studio album by Neil Young, released in 1974. It was unavailable on compact disc until it was released as a HDCD-encoded remastered version on August 19, 2003 as part of his Archives Digital Masterpiece Series. AMG Review: Following the 1973 Time […]

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America – History: America’s Greatest Hits

America – History: America’s Greatest Hits       History: America’s Greatest Hits is the first compilation album by American folk rock trio America, released by Warner Bros. Records in 1975. It was a success in the United States, reaching number 3 on the Billboard album chart and being certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. It […]

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Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney

 Trees – The Garden of Jane Delawney       Richie Unterberger: ‘ Divided about half-and-half between traditional folk covers (“The Great Silkie” is the best) and Tobias Boshell originals, this is very much in the mainstream of 1970 British folk-rock. But the material is often plain, and the arrangements simply too drawn-out, even bombastic at […]

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James Taylor – Sweet Baby James

James Taylor – Sweet Baby James Sweet Baby James is singer-songwriter James Taylor’s second album, and his first release on Warner Bros. Records. Released in February 1970, it showcased Taylor’s talents and showed the direction he would take in the early 1970s with the expansion of his career. The album featured one of Taylor’s earliest […]

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Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello

Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello is the second album by Tim Buckley, released in August 1967, recorded in Los Angeles, California in June of the same year. AMG review:  Often cited as the ultimate Tim Buckley statement, Tim Buckley – Goodbye And Hello is indeed a fabulous album, but […]

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Jackson Browne – Running on Empty

Jackson Browne – Running on Empty AMG Review: Having acknowledged a certain creative desperation on The Pretender, Jackson Browne lowered his sights (and raised his commercial appeal) considerably with Jackson Browne – Running on Empty, which was more a concept album about the road than an actual live album, even though its songs were sometimes […]

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10CC – The Original Soundtrack

10CC – The Original Soundtrack AMG review: 10cc’s third album, The Original Soundtrack, finally scored them a major hit in the United States, and rightly so; “I’m Not in Love” walked a fine line between self-pity and self-parody with its weepy tale of a boy who isn’t in love (really!), and the marvelously lush production […]

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Joni Mitchell – Blue

Joni Mitchell – Blue        Joni Mitchell – Blue (1971) is the fourth album of Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. Exploring the various facets of relationships from infatuation on “A Case of You” to insecurity on “This Flight Tonight”, the songs feature simple accompaniments on piano, guitar, and Appalachian dulcimer. Blue was a critical […]

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Paul Simon – Graceland

Paul Simon – Graceland AMG review:  With Paul Simon – Graceland, Paul Simon hit on the idea of combining his always perceptive songwriting with the little-heard mbaqanga music of South Africa, creating a fascinating hybrid that re-enchanted his old audience and earned him a new one. It is true that the South African angle (including its […]

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Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days

Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days     Tim Sendra:  ‘On Our Endless Numbered Days, the follow-up to 2002’s stunningly good Creek Drank the Cradle, the sound of Iron & Wine has changed but the song remains the same. No longer does Sam Beamrecord his intimate songs in the intimate surroundings of his home. […]

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Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues Helplessness Blues is the second studio album by Seattle, Washington-based folk band Fleet Foxes. It was released on May 3, 2011 as a follow-up to their eponymous 2008 Fleet Foxes album. Upon release, the album received universal acclaim from critics and was nominated for Best Folk Album for the 54th […]

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Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water       Bruce Eder: ‘ Simon and Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water was one of the biggest-selling albums of its decade, and it hasn’t fallen too far down on the list in years since. Apart from the gospel-flavored title track, which took some evolution to […]

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Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run

Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run AMG review: Neither the dippy, rustic Wild Life nor the slick AOR flourishes of Red Rose Speedway earned Paul McCartney much respect, so he made the self-consciously ambitious Paul McCartney & Wings – Band on the Run to rebuke his critics. On the surface, Band on the […]

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