Thing at the Nursery Room Window
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Displaying a mastery of both the 6- and 12-string guitar, this avowed "offbeat eccentric" has won lots of admirers for his playing and composing-even though he never achieved the recognition of a John Fahey or Leo Kottke. His 1972 debut-reissued here with three bonus tracks!-is one of the best fingerpicking albums you'll ever hear.
- Product Dimensions : 4.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 3.24 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Takoma
- Item model number : 1987232
- Date First Available : December 7, 2006
- Label : Takoma
- ASIN : B00004X0RF
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #225,617 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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This was Lang's only release on Takoma. He released three more albums in the Seventies for Flying Fish and Waterhouse Records, but made the mistake of singing--definitely not his strong suit. I'm not aware if Lang has recorded in the past twenty years, or even if he's still alive. [Lang was born in 1948, but appears to have disappeared from the music scene.] However, that does not diminish the power of this record. And the addition of three bonus tracks only makes this album all the more essential. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
On CD you can hear the perfection of his attack even better; the clarity of the 12 string (and 6 string) numbers is amazing. Lang's titles are always amusing: be they plain ("Adair's Song") or whimsical ("Snow Toad") or redolent of an earlier era of US and UK folk music ("Young Man, Young Man, Look at Your Shoes") the music that accompanied these little haiku titles was always apropos and surprising.
Special to this release was the inclusion of three bonus tracks that all but the dead faithful had completely forgotten about, for only one was ever actually played in concert. "Flames Along the Monongahela" takes us back to what Greil Marcus called the "old, weird America" of Harry Smith and his "Anthology of American Folk Music," or at least to MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, while "Going Down the China Road" has the delicacy of some of the Garcia/Hunter compositions of the AMERICAN BEAUTY/WORKINGMAN's DEAD era.