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Time Flies
Small Potatoes
Time Flies
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
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When Rich Prezioso {cq} and Jacquie {cq} Manning named their folk duo Small Potatoes, the Illinois singer-guitarists no doubt meant to be ironic. Nonetheless, the name proves an all too accurate description of the pair's d...  more »


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All Artists: Small Potatoes
Title: Time Flies
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Folk Era Records
Release Date: 11/30/1995
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Traditional Blues, Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 045507142723, 045507142747

When Rich Prezioso {cq} and Jacquie {cq} Manning named their folk duo Small Potatoes, the Illinois singer-guitarists no doubt meant to be ironic. Nonetheless, the name proves an all too accurate description of the pair's debut CD, "Time Flies," which presents their modest voices and competent picking on moderately amusing tunes that reflect a mildly adventurous eclecticism. Small potatoes indeed. There's plenty of singer-songwriter folk, ranging from Prezioso's pedestrian observations on aging and mortality (the title tune and "I Will Pass This Way Again"), to superb songs by Ewan MacColl and Michael Smith. Prezioso and Manning turn in respectable efforts on all these genres, but excel at none of them. --Geoffrey Himes

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Delightful harmonies, well-crafted production-- and FUNNY!
Cindi Morgan | 09/20/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's hard to say what strikes you first with this pair. The vocals are clear and true, weaving together in seamless harmony. The deft production is just-right, as one might expect in an album with a rather extended birthing. But winding throughout is the humor that led Rich Prezioso and Jacquie Manning to christen themselves "Small Potatoes." Notoriety doesn't automatically imply greatness, any more than talent or craft will guarantee popularity-- and cherishing the journey has helped this pair to endure.In their acknowledgements on the liner notes, the two admit that they've been working on "Time Flies" for more than a year, and thank the musicians and writers, volunteers and fans that were involved. "If it weren't for you, we'd probably be selling shoes somewhere, and we'd probably be late for work right now." Legendary Chicago folkie Michael Smith belies the self-deprecation of these musician's musicians in his own liner comments, painting a future where he says "i knew them when." Don't believe the aw-shucks attitude of this pair, or you'll miss a wonderful album.The title cut is an apt picture of the slightly-baffled acceptance with which Prezioso seems to greet the world. "I'm running around with a hammer and a patch-kit wondering where to start." Hot on its heels is Manning's droll rendition of "Talk a Little Texan to Me Darling," complete with John Rice's deft fiddle, Prezioso's campy impression of cowboy flirtation, and even some well-placed yodeling. "Boy Around the Corner" showcases the pair's voices in a playful acapella number borrowed from the Bobs."Quartzite" is a sweet ballad reminiscent of Robert Fulghum's "geek dancing": the older couple content with themselves and their well-practiced pleasures. They show equal craft in the Celtic flavored piece "The Terror Time," and golden oldie "The Best Things in Life are Free." All are good examples of the songwriting that inspires Small Potatoes: sometimes obscure, sometimes not, but all presented in a way to makes the songs their own."Avocado" shows Jacquie's sultry range to great advantage, in a sexy paeon to the delights of this trendy fruit. But just as you might be tempted to dismiss Rich as the mild-mannered backdrop for his partner's talents, he comes to the fore again with the lilting original "My Last Goodnight." Both are secure enough to step back and let the other shine, or to pool their talents exuberantly. "The Little That I Know" and "Woodcutter's Song" exemplify the playfulness that mark every Small Potatoes performance. It's easy not to notice just how much skill and talent goes into these engaging songs.Prezioso and Manning have already found appreciation among other musicians, opening for such notables as Cheryl Wheeler. If you're fortunate enough to see them live, you won't regret it. Whether you've savored a Small Potatoes show or are anticipating your first, "Time Flies" is a great way to remember the experience. This album will be a favorite for fans of all stripes: bluegrass, ballads, country, or Celtic. (If nothing else, it caters to that "niche market" where wonderful music is valued!) With Prezioso's traditional-flavored "I Will Pass This Way Again," you'll find yourself looking forward to their return, over and over again."
A Real Music Lovers Review
Dennis Brock | Louisville area, Ky. | 03/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"After reading the putdown review of the Amazon reviewer I felt it necessary to respond. I absolutely love the album and the group Small Potatoes. Unique, refreshing and a huge croud favorite at the music festivals. They stretch the envelope in the variety and depth of music that they perform. Their songwriting and stylings differentiate them from the pablum that Geoffrey seemingly craves. It is instantly apparent from listening to their album and reading his reviews that they are not only better at what they do, but are less impressed with themselves. The new CD, Waltz of the Wallflowers has some real gems also. Highly recommend both. Listen and decide for yourselves."
Hearing is Believing
mossman43 | Fond du Lac, WI United States | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The following is an excerpt from a review I wrote after seeing Small Potatoes in concert for a folk/acoustic music society for which I am a co-founder I, too, don't understand the Himes review because I find what Rich and Jacquie are able to do is exactly what he accuses them of not being able to do. They are superb songwriters and excellent musicians and...they also generate an incredible musical energy onstage. Anyways..."Hearing is Believing" is a pretty good name for this column (even if I do say so myself), but you also had to see this concert to believe it! Over 200 people packed the Arts Center for this show. It was amazingly gratifying for the FAMA Board! Facing FAMA's first sold-out crowd, Small Potatoes didn't disappoint a soul. Opening with an instrumental that led into "Talk A Little Texan to Me" featured Rich on the first of many jaw-dropping solos of the night. He makes it look so easy, but we all know the truth. Jacquie's rich voice and rhythm guitar compliments Rich's hot guitar playing perfectly. Rich and Jacquie's show featured most of the songs off their Time Flies CD and reflected their diverse tastes. They played swing. They played some traditional folk (including an exquisite version of "Shenandoah"). They played a Celtic medley. And all featured tight harmonies and incredible soloing...... The large crowd really enjoyed themselves singing along on "Turn Your Radio On" and Rich's "I Will Pass This Way Again" and by giving rousing ovations to many of the songs throughout the night. The show ended after an extended standing ovation and encore. Wow! What a night!"