Sunday, July 14, 2019

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Stardancer" (1972)

"Stardancer" - Tom Rapp (1972)

This was Tom Rapp's second solo album, but his Pearls Before Swine bandmates are in the studio on at least three of the songs.  The music is mostly atmospheric folk-psych bends with unique Tom Rapp flavor that Pearls Before Swine fans will recognize.  It's not all gold.  There are a couple of songs that really feel out of place and break the spell.  But overall,  this is an album that will get played.  Side one is definitely the stronger spin, but the opening title track on side two offers a very nice mind-haunting experience, too.  If you like Pearls Before Swine, you'll probably enjoy this. 

"Stardancer" (back)

Blue Thumb label

Original record sleeve.

"For The Dead In Space" - Tom Rapp / "Stardancer" (1972)

A1  "Fourth Day of July" 4:55
A2  "For the Dead in Space" 4:05
A3  "Baptist" 5:00
A4  "Summer of '55" 2:13
A5  "Tiny Song" 2:33
B1  "Stardancer" 5:42
B2  "Marshall" 2:15
B3  "Touch Tripping" 2:58
B4  "Why Should I Care" 3:07
B5  "Les Ans" 1:50

Tom Rapp - Vocals, Guitar
Charlie McCoy - Guitar, Dobro, Organ, Banjo, Harmonica, Toy Piano, Session Leader
Mike Leech - Bass Guitar, String Arrangements
Reggie Young - Electric Guitar
Jim Colvard - Electric Guitar
Steve McCord - Guitar, Musical Advisor
David Briggs - Piano
Bobby Wood - Piano
Jim Isbell - Drums, Percussion
Buddy Spicher - Fiddle, Electric Viola, Electric Violin
Weldon Myrick - Steel Guitar
Florence Warner - Vocals
Pearls Before Swine (on tracks 3, 6, 7):
Art Ellis - Flute, Wind Chimes, Congas, Vocals
Harry Orlove - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Bill Rollins - Cello, Vocals

Good stuff.

Casey Chambers

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