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Album Review

Rankin's second Mercury release follows in the same musical direction as his debut. Again, there are fine covers of singer/songwriters of the late '60s, including reworkings of music from Gordon Lightfoot, Steve Stills, and Donovan. An ambitious cover of the Bert Jansch classic "Needle of Death" shows off Rankin's guitar skillfulness. "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," one of two Beatles covers, gives birth to Rankin's ability to make Beatles songs all his own, and Goffin & King's "Up on the Roof" illustrates Rankin's 1950s Brill Building pop sensibility. This wonderful, long-out-of-print recording will hopefully find its way back in print someday.

Biography

Born: 10 February 1940 in New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A pop and standards singer during his long career, Kenny Rankin debuted in 1967 with his first album, Mind Dusters, which featured the soft rock hit "Peaceful." Over the course of the early '70s, Rankin slowly built up a following with a steady stream of records and performances that balanced originals, new songs, and standards. As the decade drew to a close, he began to return to his singer/songwriter roots, particularly on After the Roses, his 1980 debut for Atlantic Records. He continued to perform...
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