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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 4, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000003UG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Genre: Folk Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
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Release Date: 28-APR-1994

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If James Taylor is a watered-down imitation of Paul Simon, and Graham Nash is a watered-down imitation of Taylor, and Dan Fogelberg is a watered-down imitation of Nash, and Lowen & Navarro are a watered-down imitation of Fogelberg, then Vance Gilbert is a watered-down imitation of Lowen & Navarro. Gilbert's new album, "Edgewise," is an unasked-for revival of that late-'70s genre, fern-bar folk. It's hard to say why Philo Records picked Gilbert out of the thousands of guitar-strummers who sing Crosby, Stills & Nash songs in restaurant-bars across America (perhaps they held a lottery), but this Boston-based singer-guitarist has mastered all the elements: the whining self-pity, the cloying sensitivity, the Casio-like rhythms, the relentlessly cheerful major-chord melodies. --Geoffrey Himes

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 18, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Vance is a very talented singer and a lyricist with wit! His version of Lyin' eyes is great, and his a-capella interpretation of King of Rome is beautiful. The lyrics in Rocket to the Moon tell an interesting story, and his vocal range in I'm Watching My Heart is great. On Country Western Rap, his wit shines through, and Good Cup of Coffee tells of still-existing racism. Highly recommended album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 29, 2000
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Having done some stage and studio work with Vance Gilbert years ago, I was eager to hear his first "official label" effort. And what a joy it is! As always, his voice can deliver bell-clear tenor tones or R&B growls...not to mention the occasional yodel, as "County Western Rap" demonstrates. His guitar picking is sophisticated without any flash-for-flash's-sake pyrotechnics -- just check out his instrumental break on "Watching My Heart" -- and he deftly weaves jazz harmonies into a folk framework without daring listeners to play Guess That Chord. And his lyrics manage to cover familiar topics from unfamiliar perspectives: give an ear to "Good Cup of Coffee" and tell me who else has sung about racism through the voice of an African American long-haul trucker? At any rate, I would urge potential listeners to take the (inexplicably harsh) editorial review with a grain of salt, and purchase "Edgewise." It isn't Vance's latest or best-produced effort, but it contains some of his most powerful and durable material. Then catch him live and really get your socks rocked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jim Lawter (jimlawter@juno.com) on October 14, 1998
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"Edgewise," the debut CD by Vance Gilbert, introduces many new elements to the current folk scene. With obvious roots in jazz as well as '60 pop, Gilbert's song stylings bop and weave from giddy peaks to interspective valleys. Gilbert brings a near-classical guitar style to the art of folk guitar playing, enhancing song moods as if adding a musical soundtrack rather than merely accompanying the vocals. Lyrically - although Gilbert revisits the traditional forms of love song, self-pity song, and story song - startling new ground is broken. From the unusual-for-folk-genre prespective of an African American, Gilbert takes us from the hilariously ridiculous (Country Western Rap) to the sadly sublime (Good Cup of Coffee). But the element which stays with you the longest is that incredible voice. This CD demonstrates one of the most clear, beautiful voices in all of popular music today. Do yourself a big favor: buy this CD and play it often.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Adams on March 25, 2005
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This guy is phenominally talented. I have seen him in concert on multiple occasions and each time I am more impressed than the last. His mastery of the fretboard, diverse and elegant vocals, and overall entertainment value are second to few. Go see him in person. You will not be disappointed. That said, this album is very good as well, but cannot compare to his live performances. Something is lost when you take a real, honest, gritty performer like Vance and try to smooth the edges and "plasticize" him in a recording studio.
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