Peter Case – The Case Files

January 01, 1970

(Alive Natural Sound Records)


Peter Case made a drastic shift in stance when he
opted out of the power pop he purveyed initially with the Nerves and later via
the Plimsouls, and subsequently assumed the guise of a well-heeled folk
troubadour. Given those traditional trappings, it’s no surprise to find that
the material plucked from his vaults reflects a rootsier regimen and some
decidedly stripped down settings.


Still, anyone familiar with 2001’s Avalon Blues,
his heartfelt paean to bluesman Mississippi John Hurt, ought not be surprised by
this collection of odds and sods subtitled Demos,
Outtakes, One Live Shot & Other Rarities
. “(Give Me) One More Mile,”
“Let’s Turn This Thing Around,” and a pair of classic covers, the Stones’ “Good
Times, Bad Times” and the old standard “Milk Cow Blues,” retrace a standard
template within a journeyman mode. Other offerings – specifically, a trio of
world-weary samplings “Anything (Closing Credits),” “Kokomo Prayer Vigil” and
“Steel Strings No. 1” – maintain the tattered trappings in both style and
spirit. Case emulates some Dylan-esque designs, more so on the spoken word
narratives “Ballad of the Minimum Wage” and “Kojomo Prayer Vigil” than on his
incidental interpretation of the Bobster’s own “Black Crow Blues.”


Case’s liner notes add context to the content, a
much needed additive considering the ragged nature of these songs. Geared
mainly towards Case completists, The Case
certainly warrants an initial hearing, if only to be later filed


DOWNLOAD: “Anything (Closing Credits,” “Ballad of the Minimum Wage” LEE ZIMMERMAN


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