Turning Up Stones (no label DR 1000) 1975


 

A pure folksinger in the ‘60s tradition with deep stirring voice that is immediately striking (reminds me a little of Joe Wise). Ripley’s songwriting is deeply poetic and flowing with imagery, his singing usually accompanied solely by acoustic guitar often played in the elegant style of early Bruce Cockburn. Cover notes state that he taught guitar at St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. ‘New Jerusalem’ was performed at one of the Boston Commons Vietnam Moratoriums. ‘Sing For Joy’ is dedicated to bassist Abraham Laboriel’s new son. Laboriel arranged the two songs that are backed by vocal ensemble and plays bass on the beautiful ‘For Thee’ which also features Ripley’s father on cello. A high point for the genre. (The Archivist by Ken Scott, 4th Edition).

 

 

Tracks:

01. Turning Up Stones
02. Wide Sea of Uncertainty
03. Dance Everlasting
04. One More River
05. New Jerusalem
06. Cold Montana Rain
07. Sad Little Sparrow
08. For Thee
09. Courage to Dream
10. Song of Gibran
11. Sing For Joy

 

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