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Brooks Willians - Nectar


Brooks Williams

SIG 1275

Signature Sounds Recording Company
PO Box 106
Whately, MA 01093

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Guntram Gudowius

Since first discovering Brooks playing a nightly session on a porch at the Kerrville Folk Festival and marvelling at his different picking techniques I have loved his recordings and Nectar is no exception. More electric than previous works the songs still sparkle with clarity and brilliance of the individual instruments. Brooks comfortably sets the mood for danceable rock'n'roll, deep delta blues, jazzy tunes or tender ballads and he and his fellow musicians explore the possibilities of "conversation," one theme being picked up by one guitar and answered by another, supported by various percussion instruments and the occasional melodica or Hammond organ. His singing is straight forward and clear with some fine and unexpected harmonies, delivering lyrics with the everlasting themes of love, longing and loneliness, but also affirmation and optimism . This is excellent good time music.

The booklet contains all the lyrics and track-by-track listing of the musicians and instruments.

The promo material states that with clocking in at just under 40 minutes there isn't one wasted moment on the whole recording. I guess I have to wave my flag here again for my little crusade! The time on the player says just over 35 minutes so there are about 40 minutes of wasted moments of silence! Wake up, folks, we're not in the age of vinyl anymore and the capacity of a CD is at least 70 minutes, and if customers are supposed to shell out about 15 bucks I feel they can expect quality AND quantity. The first has been delivered very well, the second makes me angry.

Track List

  • Birth Of The True (Roddy Frame)
  • Forget About Him
  • Singing In The Dark
  • Half The Grace
  • May You Never (John Martyn)
  • Yellow Hummingbird
  • Unexpected Rose
  • Great Big Sea
  • Mother Earth (Memphis Slim)
  • She Loves Me (when I try) (Dougie McLean)
All songs by Brooks Williams except as noted.

The Players

Brooks Williams - electric, acoustic and National slide guitars, vocal
Dennis Holt - drums
Steve Hindalong - percussion
Chris Donohue - bass
Phil Madeira - electric, lap steel and pedal guitars, piano, melodica, chamberlain cellos, programming, Hammond organ, drums
Christer Jannsen - drums
Rollyn Zoubek - backing vocals
Produced by Phil Madeira

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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