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Monday, September 9, 2013

Luke Gibson - Another Perfect Day (1971 canada, gorgeous expressive folk country rock, 2010 korean remaster)



Along with Bruce Cockburn’s debut, Another Perfect Day was one of True North’s first releases in 1971.  Prior to this disc, Luke Gibson fronted Luke and the Apostles, a legendary garage blues group who released an excellent punker in 1967 titled “Been Burnt.”   From here, Gibson went on to play in Kensington Market, a psych pop group who released two intriguing albums in the late 60′s (Aardvark is a great psych pop effort).  

Disagreements and drug abuse killed off the Kensington Market.  From here, Gibson revived the Apostles once more in 1970, releasing another good hard rock 45 titled “You Make Me High.”  It was a popular record for the time but not enough to change the struggling group’s fortunes, so Gibson decided to embark on a solo career.

Listeners must’ve been shocked when they heard Another Perfect Day. The LP isn’t the psych, garage, or hardrock that colored Gibson’s past records.  The vocals are informed by hardrock and country-rock rather than folk or honky tonk.  This gives the music a sparse but ballsy quality – it’s what makes Another Perfect Day so unique.  Some tracks like “See You Again” and “All Day Rain” have electric guitars but for the most part this record is quiet acoustic music.  “Full Moon Rider” one of the album’s key tracks, is a riveting piece of music that features fiddle, superb vocals and a hard rocking ambience. 

Other highlights are “Lobo”, a beautiful heartfelt country tune, the world weary title track and the trippy acoustic harpsichord laced gem “Angel.”  Great vocal performances, accomplished musicianship, a good backwoods vibe and strong songwriting make this one of the best discs I’ve heard in quite some time.  Long thought of as one of the best singer songwriter albums to come out of Canada, Another Perfect Day is the real deal – authentic stuff.
by Jason Nardelli


Tracks
1. Virginia - 3:25
2. Hotel - 3:20
3. Windy Mountain - 3:10
4. Did You Ever - 1:26
5. Flow - 2:33
6. All Day Rain - 2:37
7. Full Moon Rider - 3:12
8. Lobo - 5:21
9. Another Perfect Day - 3:47
10.Angel - 3:12
11.See You Again - 2:55
All songs by Luke Gibson

*Luke Gibson - Vocals, Guitar

related acts
1968  Kensington Market - Avenue Road
1969  Kensington Market - Aardvark

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this Marios!!
You made my day!
Sob

Tonypop said...

hi
super lp of a great singer...
onr of the best example of ssw of the early seventies
wonderful post..
your blog is great ...
i'd like to post in my blog also the two lp of kensington market
ciao

Woody said...

Many thankx friend. Very very good. All the best.

June said...

Thank you for the marvelous music.

petethepoet.blogspot.com said...

This is a really great album. I think it may be played for some time to come. Can't wait to pass it on to friends. Thanks for the share.

DoKtor Alphonzo said...

fantastic album - a great discovery
many thanks

sparkler said...

checking out previous posts and found this gem... thank you Marios!

Anonymous said...

Marios, thanks for your continued generosity and good taste. This is one of the very best music blogs!