Artist: Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman Title Of Album: Mcguinn & Hillman Year Of Release: 1996 Label: One Way Records / S21-18498 Genre: Folk Rock Total Time: 33:07 min Format: FLAC (tracks +.cue, log-file) Quality: Lossless Total Size: 208 mb
Left completely without Gene Clark (their best songwriter and singer) after their second album, Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman became McGuinn-Hillman for this, their third album. They also turned to producer Jerry Wexler, a legend in the field of R&B from the 1950s, who proceeded to turn them into a much more soulful and harder-edged unit than their previous work would have led one to think possible. Indeed, this album is, roughly speaking, the Roger McGuinn-Chris Hillman equivalent of Poco's From the Inside, the country-rock group's intersection with Steve Cropper -- and taken on those terms, it's not bad; they even work in some nice harmonies on "Entertainment," though the defining moments on this record come on the harder numbers of such as "Soul Shoes." The latter material might even have worked out, if anyone buying McGuinn-Hillman tickets would have resonated to it -- but they didn't, any more than fans of white soul were ready to embrace Roger McGuinn and Chris Hillman, ex-folkies and, in McGuinn's case, an Eastern religionist. They weren't, and the album died a death, which is a pity -- no, it's not a lost masterpiece, but there's nothing horrendous here, and there are a few fine songs, such as Hillman's "Angel," McGuinn's "King for a Night," and their rendition of Graham Parker's "Between You and Me," all coming surprisingly close to the Byrds' sound that everyone professed to miss on the group's earlier work.
1. Mean Streets 2. Entertainment 3. Soul Shoes 4. Between You And Me 5. Angel 6. Love Me Tonight 7. King For A Night 8. A Secret Side Of You 9. Ain't No Money 10. Turn Your Radio On
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