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Prime Cuts
Peter Lang
Prime Cuts
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
 
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Recorded before a live audience at the MAINTENANCE SHOP at Iowa State University and The TEXAS TAVERN University of Texas in 1977 the album features Lang?s guitar as well as several offbeat comedy bits.

      
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All Artists: Peter Lang
Title: Prime Cuts
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Horus (Mill City)
Original Release Date: 4/26/2003
Release Date: 4/26/2003
Genres: Blues, Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Blues, Traditional Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 804047103522

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Recorded before a live audience at the MAINTENANCE SHOP at Iowa State University and The TEXAS TAVERN University of Texas in 1977 the album features Lang?s guitar as well as several offbeat comedy bits.
 

CD Reviews

Lang Live
D. Libby | Chicago Il | 03/31/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This disc is a reissue of an album released in 1977 by master guitarist Peter Lang. Lang was discovered by John Fahey in the early 70's and was signed to the legendary Takoma Records. This album was recorded on the Waterhouse label at two different college venues, and is a picture of the artist in his prime. Lang moves easily between six and twelve string guitars and mandolin. His monologues are a bit corny, but still charming given the context of the times ( the mid-seventies). The selections still hold up well over 26 years later. The only criticism I would have is that the recording quality is a bit rough, (as are many live recordings) and this can be a distraction, but overall, the performance quality of Lang's work is outstanding. One thing I realized when listening to this album, is what a fine blues voice Lang has. There are also three studio versions of the pieces from the live concert as bonus tracks. This is a wonderful collection by one of America's guitar masters."
+ 1/2 stars...Peter Lang Solo In Concert
Steve Vrana | Aurora, NE | 03/08/2004
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This live album was originally released in 1977 on the Waterhouse label. It consists of material from two college campus concerts: one at the University of Texas, the other at Iowa State. This album followed only two other releases by the renowned flat picker. The first was 1972's amazing THE THING AT THE NURSERY ROOM WINDOW; the second was 1975's LYCURGUS. PRIME CUTS succeeds on two counts. First, there is a warm feel to the playing of these songs in a live setting. Secondly, Lang keeps his singing (which is not his strong suit) to a minimum. One drawback, though, is Lang's storytelling between songs. His bit on "Methane Gas" is only mildly amusing and "Tuning" makes lame jokes about his brother. ["My folks used to push his high chair in the corner and feed him with a slingshot."]Their are numerous highlights. Lang performs stunning versions of "Wide Oval Ripoff" and "Future Shot at the Rainbow" from his debut and an equally wonderful interpretation of "Round Worm Reel" from LYCURGUS. Other standout tracks are "Hello Baby Blues," "There Will Be a Happy Meeting" and the medley "Rally Round the Flag/Battle Hymn of the Republic."Lang may have never gained the popularity of Leo Kottke or the cult status of John Fahey, but make no mistake, he is a gifted guitar player. This album proves that. If you enjoyed Lang's debut (the place to start for the novice), you'll find much to enjoy here. RECOMMENDED"