Bill Foreman

The Long March through the Clubs, Colleges & Cafes: Live Recordings, 1990-1997

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Though boasting sound quality that is, at times, inconsistent, this collection of live outtakes from various Bill Foreman performances is still altogether worthwhile. It should be noted that none of these tracks actually feature Foreman as a solo artist, but, in fact, as a member of the bands Lunchmeat, the Little Band, Bill & Pete Orchestra, and the House Carpenters. Still, at 16 tracks, the varied talents of Foreman are very much in evidence. From the menacing accordion of the crowd favorite "Full Tank of Gas" to an elegant cover of Bob Dylan's "Seven Curses," the listener gets a great overview of Foreman's work from 1990-1997. "What Would Ever" brings to mind Loaded-era Velvet Underground, as Foreman has the ability to evoke images of Lou Reed with his delivery and phrasing on his more rock-oriented tracks. As always, Foreman had surrounded himself with outstanding musicians, from the amazing guitar work of Jack Devine on Richard Thompson's "Why Must I Plead?" to the beautiful interweaving mandolin, banjo, fiddle, and accordion of "No Cause Fer Grievin'. In the end, this should stand as a great document of Foreman as a live performer, as well as providing alternate renditions of some of his greatest songs.

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