Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Reigning Sound, “If Christmas Can’t Bring You Home,” from Home for Orphans (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 2005)

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Ooh, ooh, ah, ah
Ooh, ooh, yeah
Ooh, ooh, ah, ah
Ooh, ooh, yeah

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Dennis Linde, “Hello, I Am Your Heart,” from Dennis Linde (Elektra, 1973)

I picked up this LP cheap at the Record Exchange a few weeks ago, and in the itinerant days that have followed it’s been my top pick for the portable turntable: lush folk-pop-rock from the man who produced two albums out of Mickey Newbury’s celebrated “trilogy” (now handsomely reissued by Drag City). This record is weird—on this song, I love the ka-pow percussion, the flute synthesizer, the fuzz guitar, everything played by Linde (1943–2006) himself—but although he’s been described as “a mystery man,” he wasn’t a total outsider. He wrote a raft of great songs for everyone from Roger Miller to John Denver to the Dixie Chicks (including the sweet revenge fantasy “Goodbye Earl,” the video of which stars Dennis Franz and Jane Krakowski) and was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2001, alongside Don and Phil Everly. I consider this all pretty impressive for a guy who had to set up his studio in the woods.

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