Victor Lovera

1971

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A posthumous compilation of early recordings by Nashville-based singer/songwriter Victor Lovera, 1971 is about evenly split between rough-edged but charming acoustic instrumentals (written and performed by Lovera and producer/co-conspirator R. Stevie Moore) and similarly lo-fi embryonic versions of many of Lovera's best songs. Lovera's songwriting style during this period of his career focused on catchy post-psychedelic soft rock triangulated somewhere between solo Paul McCartney, Cat Stevens (most notably on the impassioned ballad "I Have Been Here Before") and Big Star's Chris Bell. While these home recordings -- produced by Moore, mostly in the Nashville house where the two lived (along with another struggling songwriter named John Hiatt) -- don't have the studio polish found on 1972's superior Herald, Goods., the largely acoustic settings suit Lovera's quiet, folk-tinged tunes and intriguing lyrics. The shuffling "People of the Night" is a particular highlight.

Track Listing

Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:41
2 1:46
3 2:15
4 4:40
5 2:54
6 3:09
7 2:02
8 2:33
9 2:21
10 2:48
11 3:41
12 5:11
13 3:19
14 1:49
15 3:06
16 1:30
17 4:00
18 10:08
19 7:54
20 4:51
21 4:13
22 3:23
23 2:01
24 1:47
25 2:49
26 1:08
27 3:22
28 2:22
29 3:05
30 7:02
31 3:10
32 3:02
33 3:16
34 2:01
35 3:26
36 3:17
37 1:25
38 3:29
39 4:31
40 6:48
41 5:16
42 2:36
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