Tom Northcott

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Thanks to a sincere delivery, he gets the most from a thin, boyish tenor. His cover of "Girl of the North Country" gets the edge over the Bob Dylan original with the poignancy that voice delivers. This compilation outlines the Vancouver singer's career from 1964 to 1971, evolving from garage rock to his real calling as a thoughtful interpreter with excellent taste. He acquits himself particularly well on "The Rainmaker" and "1941" by Harry Nilsson, "I Think it's Going to Rain Today" by Randy Newman, and Donovan's "Sunny Goodge Street," which Northcott imbues with a carnival air worthy of "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" Some of these 16 tunes feature a who's who of crack session players including Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Jim Gordon, and Larry Knechtel.