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Tin Man Was a Dreamer
Genres: World Music, Pop, Rock, Metal
Nicky Hopkins' finest solo album, the memorably titled 'The Tin Man Was A Dreamer' is a solid piece of engagingly edgy pop-rock - picture Elton John's early '70s work with more variety, a few rough edges, & a bit less eg... more »
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Nicky Hopkins' finest solo album, the memorably titled 'The Tin Man Was A Dreamer' is a solid piece of engagingly edgy pop-rock - picture Elton John's early '70s work with more variety, a few rough edges, & a bit less ego. As one would expect, Hopkins' piano playing (augmented by the organ in spots) dominates most of the songs, but there's ample room for strong contributions from George Harrison (working as 'George O'Hara') on lead & slide guitar on four of the tracks, & Mick Taylor on lead & acoustic guitars on four tracks. The rest of the band includes Klaus Voormann on bass & Bobby Keys on sax, as well as future Tubes alumnus Prairie Prince on drums. Sony Japan. 1997.
The best of an era
bgandl | Detroit | 09/06/2005
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Nobody added more to more rock and roll albums than Nicky Hopkins. He was a full member of The Jeff Beck Group (along with Ron Wood and Rod Stewart), Quicksilver Messenger Service and The Jerry Garcia Band. As a sideman, he moved the sound to another level for Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller, Matthew Sweet, the Beatles and (listen to "Angie") the Rolling Stones' very best work.
Here, he shows off his instrumental skills but the writing and singing are painful."
J. Tucker | Chicago | 08/15/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Nicky Hopkins was an underrated musician who decided to try a solo album with this venture. He played with The Rolling Stones as a studio musician, and with Quicksilver Messenger Service as a full fledged member. The first five tracks of the album were the best in my opinion, and after that it flounders, revealing Hopkin's weakness as a rock and roll writer. However, 'Dolly' is a haunting ballad that includes Mick Taylor on lead guitar, and 'Edward' is an interesting instrumental that rocks. The quality of those first five tracks more than makes up for the rest of the album which unfortunately seemed like an afterthought. However, ultimately, it is a classic and one I searched for on CD for many years. Thank you Amazon!"
Hopkins Classic Available on CD
J. L. Mankin | Oklahoma | 06/28/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Nicky Hopkins was one of the driving forces behind Quicksilver Messenger Servce, as well as a big, in demand session piano player. He just has this unique piano playing gift, and has a voice that is so distinctive. His voice really grows on you. This album is long gone from my collection, and it is nice to finally see it available on CD. The one song I have sung from time to time is Dolly....."Dolly, where are you? Dolly, come see me through. Dolly, I'm so in love with you....."
I will have to save a few pennies for this one, but I remember this being Nicky's best effort."