Dave Rave

Anthology, Vol. 2: The Cool Tunes

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The seventy-one-and-a-half minutes that make up the Dave Rave Anthology, Vol. 1: The Hot Tunes are augmented by another hour-and-five-minutes on Anthology, Vol. 2: The Cool Tunes from producer Lisa Miller and Bullseye Records. It opens with "Gotta Stay True to Your Neighborhood," a brand new composition and performance followed by an unreleased cassette recording from 1975, "Jillian." The music -- then and now -- flows wonderfully together, these compilations delivering a total of 37 titles separated by brown lettering for the first volume and blue lettering for the second. The third track is a folk tune -- "Rainy Morning Song" -- also previously unreleased, recorded at a coffeehouse in May of 1979. It would be a real jolt if placed next to the Frank Sinatra staple, "The Song Is You," which Dave Rave does a credible version of towards the end of the disc. But they did a masterful job of sprinkling the songs across the disc in fine fashion, the John Wesley Harding/Chris Von Sneidern-produced "Pray for Rain" Beatlesque enough to bridge the diverse material. Bob Dylan/U2/Peter Gabriel producer Daniel Lanois adds his talents to a single from 1990, "She's on the Telephone," while Rave's trusty friend Gary Pig Gold gets a nice clear sound for "Farmer Needs Rain." The option here is to just let this great music splash over you to discover (or re-discover) the wide variety of gems, or you can sit down and read the extensive essays which give much insight into this impressive collection of pop material very worthy of attracting a huge new audience.

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