Jim Leverton / Geoff Richardson

Poor Man's Rich Man

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Geoff Richardson and Jim Leverton are members of the Canterbury progressive rock outfit Caravan, and the former has worked with Anthony Phillips. Poor Man's Rich Man is Richardson and Leverton's second album as a duo. The music here has nothing to do with prog rock, but it retains the lighter quality of the Canterbury sound. These songs, in the singer/songwriter tradition, have catchy melodies and very lush and intelligent arrangements, including violin, cello, and banjo. It has the class of Canterbury material, and Peter Blegvad's material immediately comes to mind (especially when considering the title track), as do 1990s Caravan songs. On "It Won't Mean Much to You," Leverton's vocals and the overall feel of the song get very close to Shawn Phillips. At other times the music is closer to Fairport Convention ("Paul's Dance"). Their cover of the Beatles' "I'm Looking Through You" is also convincing. All in all, a good and honest record with heartfelt singing and intelligent writing in Canterbury's pop tradition. Fans of the lighter side of artists like Richard Sinclair, David Sinclair (guesting on the album), Caravan, and Blegvad should not be disappointed.

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