David Allyn

Don't Look Back

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Recorded in 1975 for Don Schlitten's exciting and adventurous (but now defunct) Xanadu label, this out of print LP was David Allyn's first recording in nine years. It captures another aspect of this man's artistic accomplishment, his song writing, as four of the tunes were penned by this undervalued singer. Like his approach to singing, these tunes are tender and poignant communications of his feelings. Allyn's delivery is relaxed and conversational allowing for the full impact of lyrics to be digested and appreciated by the listener. His style also gives the impression that he is telling the story to each individual listener. Barry Harris' piano accompaniment strikes the perfect note, never intruding. His opening for each song is the absolute flawless lead in for Allyn's voice. Tracks like "Don't Look Back," "You're Nearer," and "She Is My Star" demonstrate Allyn's ability to develop a play list that complements his full-bodied baritone. He sings all of them beautifully making this album a listening joy.

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