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Legendary Canadian songwriter Ian Tyson ("Four Strong Winds," "Someday Soon," "Summer Wages," "Navajo Rug") is regarded as the most important artist representing the old west. Raven Singer is Tyson's first album in four years, created at the age of 78. This release comes on the trail of two books on Ian's life - his autobiography and a biography on Ian and Sylvia. Raven Singer is a name bestowed upon him by the Nakoda.

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"(America's) disappearing West has no better spokesman than Ian Tyson." --LA Times

1. Charles Goodnight's Grave
2. The Circle Is Through
3. Rio Colorado
4. Under African Skies
5. Song In A Dream
6. Blueberry Susan
7. Back To Baja
8. Saddle Bronc Girl
9. Winterkill
10. The Yellow Dress

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • ASIN: B007PSY0TM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,861 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By E. Cardinal on June 12, 2012
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Ian Tyson is a western troubadour. Ian Tyson is a cowboy poet. Ian Tyson is nearly 80 years old. To many, and I include myself in that number, Ian Tyson is a beloved icon. Here is a new and, speaking personally, eagerly anticipated Ian Tyson album. The question is, what kind of album? Well, it ain't no Eighteen Inches of Rain and it ain't no Cowboyography. But it's pretty good nonetheless.

Tyson fans are aware that back in 2006, he sustained what Wikipedia calls "irreversible scarring" to his vocal cords as a result of a concert. The result is what Tyson himself now says is a "gravelly" voice. That resonant timbre and wide range you remember from his earlier body of work is no more, that's for sure. And irreversible means it isn't coming back.

Anyone thinking about buying the album or individual songs from it needs to be aware of all this going in. As one other reviewer says, caveat emptor; and of course that's true of any purchase any time. But anyone who may have been initially shocked listening to his Yellowhead to Yellowstone album a few years ago should know what to expect now.

If you can get past the fact that this isn't the Ian Tyson of 1985 or 1995, this is a pretty good collection of songs. Tyson's songwriting is as ever, and this collection is a good one. On some tracks, Tyson's new "gravelly" voice isn't much more than a whisper. But the Tyson view of the world remains. If Tyson's voice has been somewhat diminished, his sensibility has been if anything enhanced. Life is about loss--lost youth, lost possibilities, lost loves. Ian's voice reflects eloquently the poignacy of passing time, both his own and, of course, everyone's--and for that reason, the album is affecting to me.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jon on June 9, 2012
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I love this CD. The songs here are instant favorites. Take a listen to Saddle Bronc Girl. I have had this song stuck in my head for days. Some may be put off by Ian's new voice; not me. After all, true Ian Tyson fans know his voice changed years ago and that he lost it trying to sing his heart out for his fans. So, casual fans need to just get their heads around the fact that his once smooth as silk voice is replaced by a voice that has a fine patina about it and is still quite pleasant to listen to.

This is Ian's second album with his new voice, and he really has learned to use it well. I think it sounds like a Canadian Bob Dylan (ala his Modern Times album) or Leonard Cohen, but with song writing that speaks about subjects nearer and dearer to my heart. Thank God for Ian Tyson. I hope he gives us at least ten more albums.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah C. Judson on June 29, 2013
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When we went to the Ian Tyson concert in February, I got this, his latest CD, without giving it too much thought, and listened to it a few times. His voice is actually better now, since he's had surgery on his vocal cords, and it took a while to get used to the rougher sound on the CD.
Then, in late February, my Dad, who's 94, took a fall, his heart condition started getting worse, and he died about a month later. During this time, I would drive to Denver about twice a week, 100 miles each way. On the way home in the dark, I would listen to Raven Singer, and it really helped. The Circle is Through would always make me cry, in a good way. "May your pony stay sound for the work to be done...he'll get you home, with your dreams, and your scars." Blueberry Susan made me think of my Dad's Scottish Canadian ancestors. Some songs were spooky & dark (Charles Goodnight's Grave and Winterkill), and the rest of them were exotic & beautiful. How does he do it...he's almost eighty. God bless Ian Tyson ♥
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Burns on July 31, 2013
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I am floored. FLOORED... to read the reviews here by people raking Ian Tyson over the coals for having a vocal disorder. Really?! How shallow, self-centered, and just plain dumb can people be?

I've just got to stop here for a second and catch my breath. Really?! Bad reviews because the man is suffering from a vocal disorder?

OK, let me point out something. There are a few people here who have obviously missed something beautiful about music in general: a song, especially a well-written one, has an intrinsic value that transcends the voice singing it or the band playing it. Some of us are lucky enough to recognize and enjoy that, and I'm pleased that the majority of reviewers here have given Ian Tyson the kind of positive reviews his songs deserve. Bob Dylan made a multi-multi-million dollar career honking out his songs with the voice of a stoned cartoon duck. How did he pull that off? Simple: his songs were, and are, great. I'm glad I and others can draw that greatness out of Dylan's songs, and Ian Tyson's, without losing our humanity, getting "spooked" like a farm animal or a spoiled child, and whining publicly if someone hits an off-note or sounds a little gravelly. I'm also glad that most of the reviewers here who are (obviously) admirers of Tyson's musical work have chosen to have the common courtesy and human decency to support him, and to say a kind word or two about a man who's work has enriched their lives, probably for many years.

As for the other nut-job reviewers here, what's next, panning Glen Campbell because he has Alzheimer's?!
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