This is a famous record here at Better Records. I’ve been raving about this album for close to 15 years. There was a time when albums like this could be found sealed in my catalog for $15 or $20. Those were the days.
This All-Star tribute to Steve Goodman has some wonderful music on it. The high point for me is the duet between Bonnie Rait and John Prine on Angel From Montgomery. It’s one of my favorite Bonnie Rait songs, and hearing it live with John Prine singing takes it to another level. It’s followed by John Prine singing My Old Man, which is also a classic.
We owe a debt of gratitude to the pre-Gold Mobile Fidelity catalog. This was one of the titles they chose to do when they first got into CD, and I still have one in my collection to this day. One could argue that the sound they were getting for their silver CDs is consistently more natural than the sound they got once they went Gold. Almost every silver CD of theirs that I’ve heard sounds good. That’s far from true for their Gold CD output, although I actually prefer their Gold CDs to their Half-Speed mastered records most of the time. That wacky EQ that they put on their records by mastering them at Half-Speed is something that just wouldn’t be done to a CD.
Performers include John Prine, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Jethro Burns, Fred Holstein, and Bryan Bowers, among many others.