Monday, 18 July 2016

Dennis Stoner "Dennis Stoner" US 1971 Folk psych Rare Earth label

Dennis Stoner "Dennis Stoner" US 1971 Folk psych Rare Earth label ..recommended...!
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Truly underrated piece of US folk rock. His name being Dennis Stoner is perfect, because this is the kind of folk record you smoke a bowl to. Weird tempo changes all over and his smooth mellow voice is very easy on the ears. His harpsichord laden cover of Story of Isaac, and his folk rock take of Riders In The Sky are jaw dropping. This may never be a "rare" record, but it definitely is better than most that fetch much higher price tags. ....by... 
PsychedelicGuy ....~





Talent and making it SOMETIMES go hand and hand and in other times they just don't equate at all. Anyone who was lucky enough to catch Dennis preforming in the early 70's would know this man had talent for days and some very intensely moving songs to boot. This album was actually a private press for a short time before the heads over at Motown caught wind of it and decided to re~release it on the up and coming Rare Earth records. I'm sure Dennis saw the universe open up for a fleeting moment and now a lot more folks would be able to hear this man's beautiful song cycle. One spin of "Lost Along The Highway" could blow you over like a tiny tornado sneaking up on you from behind. Stoner comes off like Jim Sullivan's long lost cousin but without the lush strings and just some sweet late 60's flavored grooved out folk rocking going on. There is a air of supreme comfort in his style and delivery. He is a multi-instrumentalist and plays lovely guitar along with piano and on "Maybe Someday/Maybe Never" he lays down 6+ minutes of pure shimmering beauty to showcase this effect he so easily weaves. Dennis is a very strong songwriter for basically coming out of nowhere. He does cover a few classics on the album and while they are all great renditions i find that his originals are truly where it's at. "Nightingale" is a homespun gorgeous folky ballad that just has that special something to carry it home. Seems like something that would fit perfectly on Ted Lucas's "Om" album. "Side Street Woman" has a great funky swagger and tight hard backing. The musicians backing Stoner play just what is needed and nothing more. The drummer has a knack for hard crisp almost break~beatish funky flash. "Bastille Day" really does it for me. My father was born on July 14th which is France's independence day and coming from a French family i really connect with his words and imaginary. I have to say of all this resurgence and deep interest in underground singer songwriters of the past Dennis Stoner's sole album should be up there with some of the bigger names of the genre. Alas fate had other plans and some treasure needs to stay buried anyway ...~ 
















Tracklist 
A1 Lost Along The Highway 3:45 
A2 Nightingale 2:15 
A3 The Story Of Isaac 2:45 
A4 Side Street Woman 3:26 
A5 Maybe Someday/Maybe Never 6:30 
B1 Bastille Day 5:30 
B2 Girl From The North Country 4:33 
B3 Riders In The Sky 3:55 
B4 43rd Street 3:30 
B5 Southern Man 3:30 

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