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Roger McGuinn, whose voice and 12-string guitar had been signature elements of the Byrds, was flying high on Cardiff Rose. Rejuvenated by a featured spot in Dylan's fabled Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975, McGuinn hooked up w... more »
Roger McGuinn, whose voice and 12-string guitar had been signature elements of the Byrds, was flying high on Cardiff Rose. Rejuvenated by a featured spot in Dylan's fabled Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975, McGuinn hooked up with storied producer/guitarist Mick Ronson to create the solo LP many consider his best. From the ringing opening chords of "Take Me Away" and the scurvy buccaneer tale, "Jolly Roger," both fascinating postcards from Rolling Thunder, to the swaggering "Rock and Roll Time" and Joni Mitchell's fervent "Dreamland," McGuinn's feet barely touch the ground on this 1976 masterpiece. Accompanied by liner notes penned after recent interviews with the great man himself, this McGuinn classic now available on compact disc with bonus material, has been sourced from the pristine Columbia Records master tapes and has never sounded better!
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LEAR JETS AND PIRATES
S. F Gulvezan | Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan USA | 07/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jolly Roger was going for broke on this 1977 release, the fourth of five albums he released in the 70's. He's playing and singing like a man with a pistol to his head on this one, like a man who's definitely trying to prove something after the disappointing commercial response to his previous solo efforts. And he delivers. His range of topics has never been broader, from the search for the Holy Grail ("Round Table"), to transforming Joni Mitchell's "Dreamland" to an ode to the angst of the space age, to raw punk rock ("Rock 'n Roll Time") before it became junk rock, to getting to the rock bottom of a murderer's intent with his searing vocal on "Pretty Polly", to looking into a pirate's soul on "Jolly Roger". All the songs are first-rate McGuinn, and that means first-rate, period. With the success of recent releases like LIMITED EDITION and THE FOLK DEN PROJECT, Roger is finally beginning to get his due, and people are discovering he's been flying in the stratosphere for a long time."