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Great Speckled Bird
Great Speckled Bird
Great Speckled Bird
Genres: Country, Folk, Rock
 
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You can't trace the evolution of country-rock without listening to this 1970 album by Ian & Sylvia and thier crack band of Buddy Cage, Amos Garrett and N.D. Smart II; like our previous reissues of records by the Dillards (...  more »

      
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All Artists: Great Speckled Bird
Title: Great Speckled Bird
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 10/23/2000
Album Type: Import
Genres: Country, Folk, Rock
Styles: Contemporary Folk, Folk Rock, Country Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

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You can't trace the evolution of country-rock without listening to this 1970 album by Ian & Sylvia and thier crack band of Buddy Cage, Amos Garrett and N.D. Smart II; like our previous reissues of records by the Dillards (Wheatstraw Suite and Beau Brummels (Bradley's Barn), Great Speckled Bird brought a whole new "longhair" sensiblity to Nashville, and broke through the barriers that had separated country from rock for over a decade. As Sylvia Fricker herself says in our liner notes, "Not blowing our own horn or anything, but that album was so far ahead of its time that it really took people a long time to catch up with us and figure out what we were doing." Well, we're glad we caught up, and you will be, too, when you hear this lost classic. Produced by Todd Rundgren.

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CD Reviews

It Can't get Any Better
S. Kruger | Maryland USA | 03/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Ian and Sylvia were innovators in the "old" folk days. Their harmonies and arrangements still leave people breathless. With the addition of Amos Garrett and company to create Great Speckled Bird it just got better and better. The harmonies deepened and became more comples and Sylvia's voice soared to the heavens. Harmony? Listen to "We Sail" alone in a quiet room at decent volume and prepare to be amazed. Some albums don't deserve to be reissued.. my question is why did it take so long for this materpiece to reappear"
Great, as usual
David A. Hollon | 07/30/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is from Ian and Sylvia's early days. There was a freshness to their music. From "Crazy Arms" to "Truckers Cafe" it has an enthusiasm that will have you hanging on every song."
Great Speckled Bird - Ian & Sylvia
James Walker | Toronto area | 08/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was really glad to find this item. This album was the crucible for the folk-rock era. Ian Tyson always had the ability to select the best leading edge musicians to make up his various bands but he outdid even himself on this album. Ian & Sylvia were the "gold standard" in this era of electric folk music. The vinyl is a collector's item."