Bob Wiseman

The Legend

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The title is taken from a self-deprecating marquee Bob Wiseman once found himself on. The liner notes say "This recording happened in Halifax one March night at the home of Elizabeth and Keith Sharp." The concept is Wiseman, an acoustic guitar, a party...and his wonderful catalog. He reaches through some gems from City of Wood and his early agitprop career, all the way through three highlights off of Theme and Variations. After a spoken word poetry intro ("Buster"), Wiseman becomes a folk troubadour with the lyrical "Maureen" before launching into Theme and Variations' "Kissproof." It's Wiseman at his most intimate -- as a singer/songwriter. And it's a side of him you're not likely to hear often, as his studio albums are so often buried in effects and odd instrumentation. This is perhaps the most personal that Wiseman gets -- and it's affecting. A solid, revealing album that gives listeners insight into the enigma that is Bob Wiseman the artist. If Wiseman is your cup of tea, this is the cream that goes with it. Essential for fans.