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One of The Greatest Unknown Americana/Roots Rock Albums Of All Time!


I first ran across this album in 1971. I was attracted to it for two reasons: 1- It was produced by the great, master slide guitarist, Jesse Ed Davis. 2- It had a then unreleased The Band song called, "Get Up Jake". The song was finally released in the 2000's when The Band released their box set. This record consists of some of the greatest roots rock you will ever hear. Roger Tillison had the whole alt. country thing down 40 years ago!

The song selection is superb. Along with the Band's, "Get Up Jake" there is also a version of the then very obscure Dylan song, "Down In The Flood". The absolute stunner is a cover of the 4 Tops, "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever"! This is an alt. country version replete with fiddles & banjo that has to be heard to be believed.

The original material on this set is equally as strong. Veering from gritty roots rock to just as gritty alt. country. Jesse Ed Davis's incredible slide guitar playing permeates the whole album. Session players on this great unknown album included, Leon Russell, Carl Radle & Jim Keltner.

Tillison's tale is a sad one. His first recordings were in the mid-60's in a band he formed in LA with JJ Cale. They recorded some pretty crappy pop tunes & quickly disbanded. Tillison next surfaced in 1971 with this album which was recorded in '70. Unfortunately this album was his first & last. From here drifted off into further undeserved obscurity.

About 10 years ago I hooked up with him via e-mail & we corresponded for a short while. He told me he was working on an album but as far as I know it never came out. After a while our correspondence ceased & I haven't heard anything about him since.

If your into roots rock or alt.country, do yourself a favor & get this album. One of the absolute greatest of it's genre.

Stephen Gordon
Savoy Music

My best find of the year.

A must for roots rock or americana listeners. If i'd had it on vinyl I would have worn it out. If you like The Band especially, you will love this. I think I actually like this line up of musicians more than The Band. Sacrilegious to say, I know, but its that good!

If A tree falls in a forest ...

I usually stay away from commenting on CD's, but this one is special. I had a copy of this when it came out in '71. I thought the cover was a parody of Jessie Winchester's first LP, but man, what an amazing debut--back in '71, this didn't have the comfort of being called a root-rock album, but if it ain't, nothing is. He can't be regarded as an influence on the Roots-Rock movement, because so few people got to hear this, but it was like he ran on ahead and had to wait 40 years for everybody else to catch up. Everything the other posters are saying is true--this is the real deal. The covers--Guthrie, the Band, Dylan, Stevie Wonder, for God's sake--are worth the price alone. That his originals match the writers he chose to cover only depend the regret that this seem to be his one and only record. At least it's still around. Pounce.

Roger Tillison's Album, Roger Tillison
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: 1971

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