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  • Audio CD (August 13, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Valley
  • ASIN: B00006C2QP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,068 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Listen to Me (slow version)
2. Everybody Needs a Real Good Friend
3. Smoky Windows (piano version)
4. Witch Blues (alternate take)
5. You Gotta Go
6. No Use Running from the Blues (featuring Sonny Terry)
7. The Oil Song (original version)
8. Down by the Sally Gardens (live)
9. Young, Guitar Days (demo)
10. Romeo's Tune (live)
11. Grand Central Station (live)
12. Oh, Camille (live)
13. Get That Vagabond Feeling (country version)
14. Comedy Heights

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While its predecessor, Young Guitar Days, focused on shockingly strong unreleased compositions, this second installment in Steve Forbert's bootleg series is dominated by alternate arrangements of otherwise available tunes. That's not to say it's not often exquisite. Forbert is right to call the "slow version" here of "Listen to Me" his best take on the song--and the same might be said for the 1979 Nashville recording of "Witch Blues." Previously unknown songs like "Young Guitar Days" and "Everybody Needs a Real Good Friend" show that even minor Forbert lyrics reveal his characteristic wit and charm. With its raw live performances and low-fi cassette sources, this set isn't really aimed at the casual fan, but true believers in Forbert's late-'70s and early-'80s heyday will cherish these modest, often lively tracks. --Roy Kasten

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By David Kinney on September 16, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I had some doubts when I first looked at the track listings here,I have to admit. Hmmm...alternate takes of unreleased songs? But, no worries Forbert faithful, the man delivers again,and I suggest you get it now.In addition to the different versions of songs that appeared on Young Guitar Days vol.1,you'll enjoy some hot live tracks like the gorgeous Irish ballad "Down By The Sally Gardens" (with lyrics by some guy named Yeats), "Grand Central Station",which is vastly superior to the studio version, and "Romeos Tune" ,which sounds identical to the version on 'King Biscuit Live' (I would have preferred something more obscure,but that's just me nitpicking). But since I'm at it ,let me pick another nit. "The Oil Song" despite it's worthy sentiment begins to wear on a guy after the umpteenth verse.Boy,we're getting close to "The Wreck Of The Edmund Fitzgerald" territory here. Steve does better with postcards than epics apparently. OK, what else? Oh yeah, the last track here features Steve in a studio in Mississippi before he left home.It's called "Comedy Heights".If I asked you what you thought Steve Forbert sounded like in Mississippi in 1976 you might guess: delta bluesman? Nah. New Bob Dylan? Nope. How about Jimmy Rodgers? Forget it. No, Steve Forbert in 1976 in the state of Mississippi sounded like...Billy Joel! It's the height of comedy. Let's just all be thankful that when he decided to take that bus to New York he got off in The Village instead of Long Island. All caveats aside it's another wonderful collection from a neglected artist and I'm gonna go listen to it again right now.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth J Carson on August 19, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is obviously for the Forbert completist, but if you like Dylan, Nesmith, Wilco, etc., you probably should be a Forbert completist! These are outtakes, live and alternate versions of Steve's acclaimed early work. One track stands out for me right away: "Get That Vagabond Feeling" is sublime lyrically, musically, vocally. It rolls along happily, like a hobo of Kerouac's ilk, living in the eternal moment. The rest supports the contention of many of Steve's fans that he is the most underrated troubadour of our time. Click on the samples-- and check his eponymous website!
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