Forbert Preps Deluxe Reish of 1st LP

 

1978 album still
considered a classic. Meanwhile, check that “compact disc digital audio” photo,
above.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

On Dec. 6 Steve Forbert will reissue his 1978 debut album, Alive On Arrival as a two-disc set that will
include a newly remastered version of the original recording plus a bonus CD of
session outtakes and period live tracks. The original LP has been
consistently voted by music critics as one of the best debut albums of all
time.

 

Rolling Stone raved
that on the album Forbert “attacked his acoustic guitar fiercely, took raw,
careening harmonica solos, and sang in a manner nobody had heard
before–hoarse, almost whispering at times, but with a sure command of texture
and nuance and a sense of high drama.” Paul Nelson, in the Rolling Stone review of the record, said that “Nothing in this
world is going to stop Steve Forbert, and on that I’d bet anything you’d care
to wager.”

 

Best known for his 1980 hit single “Romeo’s Tune,” Forbert
has released fourteen studio albums, performs over one hundred concerts a year
(songs such as “Goin’ Down To Laurel,” “What Kinda Guy?” and “You Cannot Win if
You Do Not Play” from his debut are still staples of the live show) and is
currently in the midst of working on a new record to be released in 2012.

 

Tracklisting:

 

Disc One: “Alive On Arrival” (remastered)

1.    
Goin’ Down To Laurel

2.    
Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast

3.    
Thinkin’

4.    
What Kinda Guy?

5.    
It Isn’t Gonna Be That Way

6.    
Big City Cat

7.    
Grand Central Station, March 18, 1977

8.    
Tonight I Feel So Far Away From Home

9.    
Settle Down

10. You
Cannot Win If You Do Not Play

 

Disc Two: Bonus studio and live recordings

1.    
It’s Been A Long Time (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

2.    
House of Cards (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

3.    
Song For The South (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

4.    
Steve Forbert’s Moon
River (“Alive On Arrival”
outtake)

5.    
Lonesome Cowboy Bill’s Song (“Alive On Arrival” outtake)

6.    
It’s Been A Long Time (Live at The Other End 12/20/78)

7.    
You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play (“Arriving Live” promo EP)

8.    
Steve Forbert’s Midsummer Night’s Toast (“Arriving Live” promo EP)

9.    
Steve Forbert’s Moon
River (“Arriving Live”
promo EP)

10. Leaves
in the Wind (CBGB solo demo recording 1977)

11. Goin’
Down To Laurel
(Original Meridian, MS demo 1976)

 

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