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Sunforest [Import]

Tom RappAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (July 21, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Lemon Records UK
  • ASIN: B0029LJA2W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,823 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Comin' Back
2. Prayers of Action
3. Forbidden City
4. Love/Sex
5. Harding Street
6. Blind River
7. Someplace to Belong
8. Sunforest
9. Sunshine & Charles

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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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A long neglected master rediscovered on CD June 24, 1999
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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!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Poet Artist is now a Philadelphia lawyer February 20, 1999
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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!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rappin' February 10, 2007
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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
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top singer songwriter of the 60's and 70's January 29, 2014
By Joe
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Tom Rapp (and his band, Pearls Before Swine) was a ground breaking artist in the early days of psychedelia and protest music while also being a gifted and sensitive poet. This will not disappoint.
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This final 1970s release from Tom Rapp/Pearls Before Swine is of a piece with the entire PBS catalog -- and that's a very good thing. In the excellent "American Troubadours" writer Mark Brend said that if one criticism could be made of Rapp's music, it's that it didn't change or grow with the times. I disagree -- to me, Rapp found his groove right from the start & just continued writing the songs he wanted to write & sing, rather than making concessions to commercialism. What's interesting is that time has vindicated his integrity, as new generations discover his wonderful body of work, admiring it precisely for being true to itself.

Still, all the integrity in the world doesn't help if the songs aren't good to begin with ... but these are very good indeed, fully as poignant, mysterious, and achingly humane as anything Rapp ever wrote. "Love/Sex" is his scathing response to the then-current hit from Steven Stills, "Love the One You're With" (which was always catchy musically but vapid lyrically); "Prayers of Action" is one of the few spiritually inclined songs of that era that remains truly heartfelt & meaningful; and the title track "Sunforest" is a last folk-Medieval song defiantly out of place in glam 1973, and all the more lovely & otherworldly because of it. The trippy magic has mellowed just a bit since those heady days of 1967, but it's still strong & honest.

Really, if you've liked anything Pearls Before Swine ever did, you should want this album -- highly recommended!
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