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Today Is The Highway

Eric Andersen

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Andersen's debut album presented him playing in a folkie style that was just starting to become passé upon its release in 1965. It's an inoffensive set of originals (except for a cover of "Baby Please Don't Go") in the early-'60s Greenwich Village style, accompanied only by his own guitar and harmonica (and, on two songs, by Debby Green on second guitar). Whether by coincidence or intention, or some combination thereof, it's highly reminiscent in spots of early Bob Dylan, although Andersen is gentler and more subdued. At times it especially recalls the Freewheelin'-era Dylan, or at least Dylan on that album's most reflective and low-key cuts, such as "Girl from the North Country." Andersen fills a lot of these early compositions with imagery of bumming around the country (hence the title "today is the highway"), adding some love songs. Certainly, however, it's not as forceful or original as the best singer-songwriter folk of the era, not just in comparison to Dylan, but also in comparison to others, such as his friend Tom Paxton. Nor is it as accomplished as his best material on subsequent 1960s recordings. The finest composition here is "Looking Glass," an elaborate first-person narrative-fantasy with a melody similar to folk tunes such as "Scarborough Fair."
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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1
Today Is The Highway
00:02:26

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

2
Dusty Box Car Wall
00:02:28

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

3
Time For My Returning
00:03:24

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

4
Plains Of Nebrasky-O
00:03:30

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

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Looking Glass
00:05:08

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

6
Never Coming Home
00:03:12

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

7
Come To My Bedside
00:03:55

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

8
Baby Please Don't Go
00:03:25

Traditional, Composer - Eric Andersen, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

9
Everything Ain't Been Said
00:04:41

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

10
Bay Of Mexico
00:03:12

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

11
Song To J.C.B.
00:04:59

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

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Bumblebee
00:03:21

Eric Andersen, Composer, MainArtist

(C) 2012 Vanguard Records, A Welk Music Group Company ℗ 1965 Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company

Album Description

Andersen's debut album presented him playing in a folkie style that was just starting to become passé upon its release in 1965. It's an inoffensive set of originals (except for a cover of "Baby Please Don't Go") in the early-'60s Greenwich Village style, accompanied only by his own guitar and harmonica (and, on two songs, by Debby Green on second guitar). Whether by coincidence or intention, or some combination thereof, it's highly reminiscent in spots of early Bob Dylan, although Andersen is gentler and more subdued. At times it especially recalls the Freewheelin'-era Dylan, or at least Dylan on that album's most reflective and low-key cuts, such as "Girl from the North Country." Andersen fills a lot of these early compositions with imagery of bumming around the country (hence the title "today is the highway"), adding some love songs. Certainly, however, it's not as forceful or original as the best singer-songwriter folk of the era, not just in comparison to Dylan, but also in comparison to others, such as his friend Tom Paxton. Nor is it as accomplished as his best material on subsequent 1960s recordings. The finest composition here is "Looking Glass," an elaborate first-person narrative-fantasy with a melody similar to folk tunes such as "Scarborough Fair."
© Richie Unterberger /TiVo

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