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Power of Love
Genres: Folk, Pop
Power Of Love was the last Arlo Guthrie recording to be released by Warner Brothers. The cover photograph had been taken a few months earlier in Haleiwa, Hawaii where Arlo and John Pilla we hanging out on the beach trying ... more »
Power Of Love was the last Arlo Guthrie recording to be released by Warner Brothers. The cover photograph had been taken a few months earlier in Haleiwa, Hawaii where Arlo and John Pilla we hanging out on the beach trying to come up with ideas for a new record. There are a few highlights on this recording - One of which is the duet with Arlo and Phil Everly on the title song "Power Of Love" written by T Bone Burnett. The other is the great song by Jimmy Webb, "Oklahoma Nights" which everyone thought would be the next hit following "The City Of New Orleans." It didn't work out that way - There just wasn't enough support for these kinds of songs from the record company or the general public. While they were in the studio recording, Ricki Lee Jones wandered in. Arlo and Ricki Lee started singing some tunes together and ended up recording "Jamaica Farewell" on the spur of the moment. One little gem "Slow Boat" is still sung at many of Arlo's concerts. He says it's maybe the best song he's written. He usually says that when he's depressed about something, which thankfully is not all of the time. Produced by Lenny Waronker and John Pilla with AG standing over their shoulders "Power Of Love" was the last collaboration between these guys. After fifteen years and having done some incredible work it was time to call it quits and move on. This recording was a very fine way to say farewell...
Incredibly underrated effort.
E. Hinrichsen II | New Jersey | 08/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is quite possibly the most coherent and consistent album by Arlo since his debut. A collection of, mostly, mid tempo 70's (though released in 1982) singer-songwriter type tunes, it never descends into the banal or terminally introspective style that was, unfortunately, the hallmark of too much of the genre.
Arlo seems loose, free, and genuinely engaged with this material and it shows. Tunes like Jim Webbs' "Oklahoma Nights" and "Power of Love" display all the best in the genre. Arlo's version of the classic Belafonte tune "Jamaica Farewell" is moving and lovely. The entire album, though somewhat eclectic in song choice, hangs together like a well tailored Armani suit.
This is an album that should have been a classic but was released as the singer songwriter era was fading. The engineering and mix is top notch and the album sounds as fresh today as when it was released.
Run and buy this. You won't be disappointed."