Love Song For The Earth (Myrrh MYR 1051) 1976 UK *
Third lp from UK harmonica-toting patched bluejeans cowboy boots muscle shirt Greenbelt troubadour; and the ﬁrst to be co-released in the States (he’s smiling on the US cover, frowning on the UK cover). This is probably Garth’s most natural down-to-earth recording, beginning and ending with stripped-down bluesy numbers (Jerry Jeff Wa1ker’s ‘Harmonica Talk’ and ‘I’ve Made Up My Mind’) that feature nuthin’ but Garth, mouth harp, and toe-tap. In between you’ll find ten original compositions in an unsweetened folk-rock-country format, with Bryn Haworth’s rousing presence on acoustic, electric slide, mandolin, dobro, 12-string and something called a “harpolek”. Also a bit of banjo and ﬁddle, but no keyboards, strings or horns in sight. ‘The Dust Of Death’, ‘The Reason And The Rhyme’, ‘Paint My Picture (Warts And All)’, ‘Wooden Cross Rider’ and ‘Get Up And Dance’ all have rustic inﬂuences that ensure there will be no over-polished-British-male-solo syndrome on this album. (The Archivist, 4th edition by Ken Scott).
Thank you Donald for the improved rear cover photo.
|Song #||Song Title||Time|
|1-2||The Dust Of Death||4:02|
|1-3||The Reason And The Rhyme||4:27|
|1-4||Live For Now||2:33|
|1-5||Paint My Picture (Warts And All)||2:48|
|1-6||Love Song For The Earth||3:30|
|2-2||A Friend Of A King||3:37|
|2-3||Wooden Cross Rider||3:09|
|2-5||Get Up And Dance||3:34|
|2-6||I've Made Up My Mind||1:34|