Saturday, October 2, 2010
Emitt Rhodes - American Dream (1971)
In 1971 Billboard magazine called him "one of the finest artists on the music scene today" (4/3/71) and later referred to his debut as one of the "best albums of the decade" (11/23/96). Although his brief flirtation with stardom quickly evaporated his music is still considered "essential listening" by '70s rock aficionados and pop fans, particularly his critically acclaimed self-titled magnum opus, which climbed to the top of the charts in the US, and American Dream. Often called "Paul McCartney's musical twin," his influence can definitely be felt here, particularly on songs like "Mother Earth" and "Holly Park." But Emitt was no McCartney copy cat, he was simply a musical genius of the same caliber, exploring pop music in the same direction. Unlike his self-titled debut, which features Rhodes playing and recording every instrument, this features session musicians and a few old tracks from his previous band Merry Go Round, like the fine "You're A Lovely Woman.