Victor Lovera

Prethos (1972-73)

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One of several sets of R. Stevie Moore-produced recordings by the late, New York-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Victor Lovera, Prethos (1972-73) consists of simple acoustic takes of some of Lovera's best early songs. (The punning title refers to Ethos, the band Moore and Lovera formed soon after these recordings with drummer Pete Spero, guitarist Roger Ferguson, and keyboardist Billy Anderson.) The songs have the rough-edged quality of the homemade demos that they are -- two songs actually predate Lovera's relocation to Nashville in 1971 -- but that actually suit Lovera's acoustic melodies and appealingly boyish vocal style, both of which might have gotten overwhelmed in the slicker studio settings that prevailed during this era, especially in Nashville. The best of the lot, and one of Lovera's finest songs of all times, is the immediately appealing "Small Change," which sounds like one of Paul McCartney's better songs from the Red Rose Speedway era, but all 15 tracks have much to offer for fans of early-'70s singer/songwriter pop.

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