Larry McNeely

Larry McNeely

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Larry McNeely's second album is a rootsy, sometimes bluesy country-folk-rock amalgam, similar at times to the first two albums by the Band. Despite McNeely's close association with Glen Campbell, the main influence evident on this album is Bob Dylan -- beyond the rendition of the latter's "Down Along the Cove," his influence is felt in the medium-wattage country-rock textures of "Evil Days Counting the Minute Blue" and "Synthetic Society Blues," as well as "Hard Time Keeping You in Mind." Less was clearly more in the thinking behind this album, so that beyond the acoustic and low-wattage electric guitar textures, the few embellishments mainly take the form of blues-harp and some fiddle. "Mississippi Water" should have been the single, with its gorgeous acoustic/electric mix and beautiful melody. The raw, stripped down nature of the overall sound gives the album a lean, rough texture, which probably made it a tough sell in 1971 -- but 35-plus years later, it comes off like an undiscovered gem.

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