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Land of the Bottom Line
John Gorka
Land of the Bottom Line
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
 
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His rich baritone and literate songwriting are John Gorka's links to an urban folk tradition that belies his years, linking him more to early '60s troubadors than to the singer-songwriters of the '70s and '80s. Ranging fro...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Gorka
Title: Land of the Bottom Line
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: RCA Victor
Release Date: 4/10/1990
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 019341108924, 019341108948, 4007198762556

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His rich baritone and literate songwriting are John Gorka's links to an urban folk tradition that belies his years, linking him more to early '60s troubadors than to the singer-songwriters of the '70s and '80s. Ranging from snapshots of modern life (as on the title song), to quietly devastating love songs ("Armed with a Broken Heart," "I Saw a Stranger with Your Hair") and funny, wistful meditations ("Italian Girls"), Gorka's songs are studded with dry wordplay, precise imagery, and sudden glimpses of deep feeling. Gorka and producer Bill Kollar resist more conventional commercial polish to keep the arrangements lean and largely acoustic, with Gorka's voice sparingly shadowed by occasional vocal harmonies from Shawn Colvin, among others. --Sam Sutherland

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Gorka's greatest work -- Stacked with his greatest songs
02/11/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After seeing John Gorka on "Austin City Limits" in 1993, I began following each release. I now believe that "Land of the Bottom Line" is his finest work. The release contains his greatest love songs, often times in somber themes. While his recent productions still weave musical genius throughout, they are distracted at times by an overuse of percussion and background instruments. Gorka is at his best as a pure acoustic performer, which is the dominant presentation in "Land of the Bottom Line". In songs such as "Armed with a broken heart", "I saw a stranger with your hair", and "Love is our cross to bear", John combines his haunting baritone voice with amazing guitar playing. In their early careers, some artists stack many of their great songs into one release. In "Land of the Bottom Line", Gorka provides a consistent template of his incredible skills with at least half of his greatest songs ever. In fact, many of the requests he accepts at concerts come from this CD. This is a must buy for all acoustic afficionados and for anyone who is not aquainted with John Gorka."
The best of Gorka
www.MoisBenarroch.com | Israel | 06/10/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This are songs of late adolescence, full of power and anger. Like an old Rimbaud, Gorka here delivers the main course. He never did it again in his later cd's. This is his best one. Better than anything he's done since, and probably better than anything he'll do.One of the best folk cd's ever!"
Witty
rocdoc | United States | 11/15/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The trouble with the title track is that it's so good, you may never get past it. Do yourself a favor and go the distance with this one.......then listen to that title track as many times as you want!"