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Occasional Rain Import

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Audio CD, Import, October 18, 1999
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1. Segue #1 - Go Ahead On
2. Ordinary Joe
3. Golden Circle
4. Segue #5 - Go Ahead On
5. Trance On Sedgewick Street
6. Do You Finally Need A Friend
7. Segue #4 - Go Ahead On
8. Sweet Edie-D
9. Occasional Rain
10. Segue #2 - Go Ahead On
11. Blues For Marcus
12. Lean On Me
13. Last Segue - Go Ahead On

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 18, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal UK
  • ASIN: B0000250LZ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,539 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Elliot Knapp on April 10, 2008
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Occasional Rain is basically Terry Callier's debut--of course, The New Folk Sound of Terry Callier is his real debut, but Occasional Rain is his first album of original material, blending the unique approach he started on his debut with the type of introspective, spiritual, and deeply emotional songs that would hold down classics like this, What Color Is Love, and I Just Can't Help Myself.

With just one listen, you can tell how well-constructed and thought-out this album is--"Go Ahead On," a bluesy guitar/vocal Callier solo, is split into five pieces and acts as a beginning and end to the album, as well as a recurring theme segueing between songs and adding overall cohesion. After the first installment of "Go Ahead On," it's no holds barred--Callier lays his heart bare, casually tossing off philosophical profundities and moving turns-of-phrase, all backed by an acoustic guitar-rooted blend of folk/soul/R&B. "Ordinary Joe" is an up-tempo exhortation to find meaning in everyday life with Callier's smooth, rich baritone assuredly straining and scatting--"politicians will try to speech you/mad color watchers will try to teach you/very few will really try to reach you;" he's got a way with words that's really all his own. More great lines in "Golden Circle"--"with all the lessons that I've learned/I still got badly burned/Retreated to a vacant stare/At the very least I find no conflict there." This is the kind of music that really touches that human part, deep inside us all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Dadamio on August 16, 2009
Format: Audio CD
My mother had me order this cd for her,never heard of him or his music. I don't even really like folk music but this album just grabbed me too the point that i could not stop listening to it.It is a masterpiece,i don't know why i love it,don't know why i all these emotions come up when i hear it,they just do. Music does not usually grab me like this,but it is a wonderful feeling.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this LP back in the early '70's in Providence, RI. Every Sunday afternoon Vincent Thomas did a show entitled the "360 Black Experience" on WBRU. This was before webcasting and on the cusp of amplified radio antennas so, for someone accustomed to New York radio, it was the only time the Providence airwaves came alive since I was never a big Salty Brian fan. I recall strolling down Thayer Street and perusing the record bins at the one record shop. The album "Occasional Rain was stuck among the bunch. I picked it up and put it back. Later, after hearing "Trance on Sedgewick Street" over the air, I raced back, brought it and began a lifelong interest in this wonderful muscian's stories. I later found out that he wrote the Dell's hit, "The Love We Had Stays on My Mind". Step back in time and give this one a listen. It doesn't disappoint.

AMG says: "Recorded more than six years after The New Folk Sound, this was the first album to feature Terry Callier's unusual hybrid sound. The combination of a rich baritone voice and his unique blues/folk/jazz songwriting are met by just a touch of Andy Williams' zim, making Occasional Rain the best of his albums from the early '70s. Often prone to expansive, wandering melodies, Callier has written a tightness into most of the songs here that would generally be abandoned on the records to follow. Two of his most recognizable songs, "Ordinary Joe" and "Lean on Me," make their appearance and are joined by fragments of "Go 'Head On," which are interspersed throughout and provide a conceptual framework for the album as a whole. Highly accessible, this album conjures an intimate and relaxed mood, perfect for that lazy weekend morning."

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