Blue River

Blue River

by Eric AndersenEric Andersen


With mid-'60s gems like Violets of Dawn, Thirsty Boots, and Close the Door Lightly, Eric Andersen became the archetypal, literate romantic before the likes of James Taylor and Jackson Browne had even cut their first records, but at the same time seemed to lack direction from album to album. With his eighth album, Blue River, recorded in Nashville in 1972, he found the perfect setting for his gentle, poetic songs. After nearly seven years of dabbling in folk, folk-rock, pop, and country, Andersen found a smart, sympathetic ear in producer Norbert Putnam. Putnam, whose production here is rarely extraneous, utilizes subtle touches of bass, drums, accordion, and organ along with Andersen's own guitar, piano, and harmonica to frame the material. The record, Andersen's first effort for Columbia, also featured his best collection of tunes to date. Blue River, with its themes of uncertainty and struggle, is by no means a casual record, although songs such as the bittersweet "Is It Really Love at All" and the title track, featuring Joni Mitchell's ethereal supporting vocal, will draw the listener in with their sheer beauty. Andersen, then in his late twenties, was dealing with questions of love, life, and desire with a maturity matched only by a handful of songwriters at the time. Never overly precious or maudlin, nearly every cut resonates with eloquence and grace. Although continuing to grow as a writer in the years to come, Blue River remains Eric Andersen's masterwork and one of the true classics of the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/1999
Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC: 0074646569627
catalogNumber: 65696

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eric Andersen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Harmonica,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer
David Bromberg   Dobro,Guitar
Jordanaires   Vocals,Background Vocals
Joni Mitchell   Vocals,Background Vocals
Grady Martin   Guitar,Gut String Guitar
Holidays   Background Vocals
Deborah Anderson   Piano,Background Vocals
Kenny Buttrey   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine
Jerry Carrigan   Percussion
Debbie Greene   Guitar,Piano
Eddie Hinton   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Andy Johnson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Vibes
Kevin Kelly   Accordion
Millie Kirkham   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jim McKevitt   Drums
Sonja Montgomery   Background Vocals
Laverna Moore   Vocals,Background Vocals
Farrell Morris   Background Vocals,Vibes
Weldon Myrick   Steel Guitar
Norbert Putnam   Bass
Temple Riser   Vocals,Background Vocals
Rick Shlosser   Drums
Mark Sporer   Bass
Glen Spreen   Organ,Harpsichord,Keyboards,Woodwind
Florence Warner   Vocals,Background Vocals
Deborah Green Andersen   Piano,Background Vocals
Mark Spoor   Bass
Richard Schlosser   Drums
David Briggs   Organ,Celeste,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Bruce Dickinson   Reissue Producer
Stan Hutto   Engineer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Norbert Putnam   Producer
Glen Spreen   Arranger,String Arrangements
Anthony DeCurtis   Liner Notes
Stanley Tonkel   Engineer

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