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Sunday, June 9, 2024

Mark LeVine - Pilgrims Progress (1968 us, awesome trippy acid psych folk rock feat. Ry Cooder, 2007 digipak remaster)

Mark LeVine is an opportunist, taking advantage of this year 1968, discographically blank for his mentor Bob Dylan, to follow in his footsteps. "Pilgrims progress" could have been a logical continuation of the masterpiece "John Wesley Harding" - 1967 as Dylan's shadow haunts these 12 compositions.

The album's title appears to be a nod to John Bunyan's Christian short story and allegory "The Pilgrim's Progress from this world to that which is to come" - 1678-1684. But here there is no question of virtue and puritanism: Mark Levine, draped in the trappings of the cursed poet, makes explicit reference to drugs and sex.

Among the studio musicians are a certain Ry Cooder, who no longer needs to be introduced, and the trio Jerry Scheff, Ben Benay and Toxey French, noted for having shared a few recording sessions with Curt Boettcher and publishing a obscure album under the name Goldenrod.

It's made with exactly the same features as Gentle Soul, and while that one has a soft rock or flowery feel, this one does away with excessive decoration, and has a finish that looks ahead to the singer-songwriter works of the 70s. It has become. Produced by Mike Deasy

1. Going To The Country - 4:21
2. Twenty-One Years Older Than Yesterday - 3:44
3. Dr. Grossman - 2:25
4. Purple Dreams Are Creepy - 3:22
5. The Love Song - 3:02
6. Richard Lee - 7:19
7. Miller's Crossing - 2:53
8. Texas Style - 6:37
9. Sure I Can Write - 4:53
10.Better Dad Than Dead - 5:19
11.Nothing More Is Nothing Less - 4:06
12.Periwinkle Blue - 2:27
Words and Music by Mark LeVine

*Mark Levine - Vocals, Rythm Guitar
*Ry Cooder - Acoustic Lead Guitar, Acoustic, Electric Bottleneck Guitar, Mandolin
*Michael Deasy - Acoustic, Electric Lead Guitar
*Joe Osborn - Bass
*Jerry Scheff - Bass
*Toxey French - Drums
*Paul Humphrey - Drums
*Larry Knechtel - Piano