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Album Review

No one's going to believe it, but this is a good album, from Peter Tork no less. Most of the songs are sung with passion and the voice is much better than it was on, say, "Shades of Gray" 28 years earlier. What's more, Tork reveals himself as a solid rocker, starting from a folk idiom but working with lots of wattage on the instruments and no trace of wimpy singer/songwriter affectation in the playing. A few notable friends are aboard in addition to his direct collaborator and co-producer, James Lee Stanley — Mickey Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, Mackenzie Phillips, and Timothy B. Schmit among them. There are songs drawn from across the spectrum of Tork's career, including a gorgeous, folk-style cover of "Take a Giant Step" that made this reviewer smile so emphatically it was mixed with tears of joy; the exquisitely funny "Milkshake," a delightfully wry account of life on the road that includes Nesmith and Dolenz and some of the most charmingly silly choruses ever heard in a legitimate rock song; "MGB-GT," a very personal car song that may be particularly potent to middle-aged survivors of the 1960s; and "Higher and Higher," a folk/gospel song on which Tork mostly plays acoustic banjo, and which is so beguiling that one wishes he'd do an entire album in that idiom, style, and sound. Not every song here is quite that good, and three of the numbers probably could have been dispensed with, but eight out of 11 isn't bad.

Customer Reviews

Tork's finest hour

I am proud to own an autographed copy of this CD and it is really a fine CD. Not every track is solid gold and some of it sounds like it was put together in kind of a hurry, but that's actually the charm of a Peter Tork performance; no matter waht he has to work with, Tork will do everything he can to make good music. If you give this a spin, and you're a fan of singer/songwriter music like Bruce Cockburn, Jonathan Richman, Jonathan Edwards or Jimmie Spheeris, check this out. (And, for once, let's just forget he was a Monkee and give the man some credit-- what if everyone picked on YOU for something you did 40 years ago!)

Higher and Higher

This is so great and I just saw hinm performing it on you tube and it was awesome!! You rock Peter!!

Good album!

If you have any doubts, forget them. Take a chance and download this. You will not be disappointed. Quirky, lyrical, and playful are what I sum this album as.


Born: February 13, 1942 in Washington DC

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Making his claim to fame as the guitarist for the Monkees, Peter Tork became a household name during the 1960s. His participation in the garage band not only led to musical success, but also to an acting career. Peter Tork was born Peter Halsten Thorkelston to John and Virginia Thorkelston in Washington, D.C. He became proficient as a banjo and guitar player at an early age. After being schooled at home, Tork eventually left to become part of the folk scene of Greenwich Village in New York City,...
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