Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Digitally remastered edition of the 1973 solo album from the leader of Psychedelic Folk rockers Pearls Before Swine. Sunforest was his ninth album total (either with or without his PBS) and his final record before his leng... more »
Digitally remastered edition of the 1973 solo album from the leader of Psychedelic Folk rockers Pearls Before Swine. Sunforest was his ninth album total (either with or without his PBS) and his final record before his lengthy retirement from the music industry after the mid-1970s. Sunforest credited to Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine. Like its immediate predecessor, Stardancer, the album was recorded with members of the touring group Pearls Before Swine (Art Ellis and Bill Rollins), supplemented by a selection of prominent Nashville session musicians. Lemon. 2009.
A long neglected master rediscovered on CD
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Though Sunforest may not be the very best album of Tom Rapp's ouput, at least half of the songs rank pretty close to his best. "Love/Sex" (Vonda Shepard should check this one out!) and "Prayers of Action" are my favorites here. The CD recording, however, does not improve on my old LP, and a couple of cuts sounded muddy, as they do on my LP. Despite that, this is a beautiful collection of songs that should have been rediscovered long before now. Tom's lyrics are achingly personal (and perhaps unfashionable for their time) and his singing got more expressive. (Having attending one of his concerts recently, I can say his singing is better than ever!) Though his previous album, Stardancer, is perhaps his greatest album, Sunforest certainly holds up extremely well. Well worth the purchase!"
The Poet Artist is now a Philadelphia lawyer
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We first heard of Tom Rapp and his group, Pearls Before Swine, on a Warner Brothers sampler album in the early 1970's. Rapp was an excellent writer who brought a new life to American folk music by adding classical layers from the past. Who else could set William Blake or W.H. Auden to music? Although SunForest is his last (we'll forget that mess the record company put out agaist Rapp's wishes), and certainly not his best effort, Rapp's music is very enjoyable and relaxing. I hear now he's a Philadelphia lawyer specializing in human rights cases. May he live a full life of dignity, and may the publishers reissue his extensive catalog on CD soon!"
Joseph K. Jackson | biz. az | 02/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an excellent album in the true vein of Mr.Rapp. He is one of the gifted folk Plato spoke of. Aristotle once said that metaphor is the mark of genius for it can neither be taught nor learned. Tom Rapp bore that mark when he was with P.B.S. and does now. I wish we would here from him again. Anyone who is an admirer of poetry will find plenty to like in this album as in all his work with P.B.S. and solo. He surely seemed to be looking for God. I hope he found Him. joe"