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Hans Theessink & Terry Evans - Visions


Hans Theessink & Terry Evans

Blue Groove - 1760

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gotlieb

Visions is a stripped down version of 13 of the songs Hans Theessink & Terry Evans do, and for the most part is two voices and two guitars, though Phil Block plays percussion on eight cuts and Richard Thompson plays electric guitar on two, and Bo Diddley gives spoken commentary on one. There is some very good guitar playing on this disc and the two guitars go well together, and some very good harmonica for punctuation. There is an interesting conglomeration of songs; a couple Terry co-wrote and three Hans wrote and the rest by a variety that includes Antoine Domino & Dave Bartholmew, Willie Dixon, and J.B, Lenoir to name a few. And a version of the great William J. Hill gem The Glory of Love, that is a puzzle as to why it is included (in this version of a great soul song there is nothing going for it). It is an interesting disc, also, beacuse the two singers are so different: Terry Evans voice just drips with and is drenched in the gospel music he first started singing in Mississippi, it just naturally swoops and has that soulful sound, just give a listen to what he does with one of the best songs on the album, Come To The River, and attempt to think of another version of that song that comes close to the feeling imbued here. Hans Theessink has a good voice, basso profondo I believe, but the two voices together just don't add up to anything. Hans voice doesn't carry the power of emotion and feeling that Terry Evans has naturally going for him.

Track List:

  • Going Back Home
  • Talk to Your Daughter
  • Demons
  • Mother Earth
  • Got to Keep Moving
  • Let the Four Winds Blow
  • Vicksburg Is My Home
  • Glory of Love
  • Don't Let the Green Grass Fool You
  • At the Dark End of the Street
  • You Can't Judge a Book By the Cover
  • Trouble in Mind
  • Come to the River

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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