Title - 'The Magic Tree'
Artist - Steve Forbert
For those not in the know, Steve Forbert is an American pop music singer-songwriter whose song "Romeo's Tune" reached No. 11 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and No. 13 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart.
It also spent two weeks at No. 8 in Canada with a second single from Jackrabbit Slim, "Say Goodbye to Little Jo", charting at No. 80 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
In July of 1982, the single "Ya Ya (Next to Me), taken from the album "Steve Forbert" (Nemporer Records) hit No. 54 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Forbert's first four albums all charted on Billboard's top 200 albums charts. Alive on Arrival reached No. 82, Jackrabbit Slim reached No. 20, Little Stevie Orbit reached No. 70, and Steve Forbert reached No. 159.
Having also put a book out at the same time ('Big City Cat - My Life in Folk-Rock') Forbert now brings us his very own soundtrack in the form of The Magic Tree (out now via Blue Rose Music).
1. 'The Magic Tree' (Version 1)
2. 'That'd Be Alright'
3. 'Carolina Blue Sky Blues'
4. 'Let's Get High'
5. 'Tryan Let Go'
6. 'Lookin' At The River In The Rain'
7. 'Diamond Sky'
8. 'Movin' Through America'
9. 'I Ain't Got Time'
10. 'The Magic Tree' (Version 2)
11. 'Only You (And Nobody Else)'
12. 'The Music Of The Night'
The Magic Tree offers a series of songs gleaned from previously recorded acoustic demos, augmented with new backing tracks and fleshed out as a series of songs that ring with the verve and vitality that Forbert's fans have always come to expect.
Consistently upbeat and optimistic, they convey a firm sense that age ought not diminish a lust for living. Then again, that's been Forbert's mantra ever since the beginning: honoring his past while plowing his way towards the future in a mindful, soulful and revelatory way.
First up is the gruff vocals of 'The Magic Tree' (Version 1), which is backed beautifully by the upbeat trio of 'That'd Be Alright,' 'Carolina Blue Sky Blues,' and the delightful 'Let's Get High.'
The mid-tempo ballad 'Tryna Let Go' is then followed by the free-flowing 'Lookin' At The River In The Rain,' with a gravelly 'Diamond Sky' along next. The road trip storytelling of 'Movin' Through America' is a grey sky tale taken, one assumes, from Forbert's own memories, and that's backed by the upbeat 'I Ain't Got Time.'
The second version of 'The Magic Tree' is along next, before the album rounds out with the barn dancin', hot-step vibe of 'Only You (And Nobody Else),' and then a stunning 'The Music Of The Night.'
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