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For years, the legend grew about this album without anyone hearing a note. It was recorded in late 1972 and early 1973 and was intended as the follow-up to Eric Andersen’s artistically and commercially successful Blue River album. But somehow the record label misplaced the master tapes, and Andersen went about working for a new label on 1975’s Be True to You, which featured several songs from this lineup. In 1990, the tapes were found, and Stages—The Lost Album was released in April 1991. Andersen recorded three new songs in 1990—“Make It Last,” “Lie with Me,” “Soul of My Song”—to append to the record to prove he still had the goods (1988’s excellent Ghosts Upon the Road had also proved his vitality). Here, “Baby, I’m Lonesome,” “Can’t Get You Out of My Life,” “Woman, She Was Gentle," and “Time Run Like a Freight Train” were everything people imagined. Guest musicians such as Leon Russell, Rick Danko, Garth Hudson, and Joan Baez fleshed out the material. No longer lost, this album proves to be the classic it was rumored to be.

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Career Changer

One of the best of the rare gems! This album, had it been released when recorded, would have changed Eric Andersen's career. This album cements him as one of the best singer songwriters of all time in my book.

What a Talent!

I didn't find Eric Andersen's music until Be True To You and didn't know about this lost gem. Listen to Moonchild River Song on this compared to how it was recorded on the later record... The Stages version is so much more haunting and true. Had it been released right after it was recorded, Eric Andersen would have the same name recognition factor today as Dan Fogelberg and Jackson Browne. Such a shame... But glad this is available now.


Born: February 14, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Eric Andersen has maintained a career as a folk-based singer/songwriter since the 1960s. In contrast to such peers as Tom Paxton and Phil Ochs, Andersen's writing has had a romantic/philosophical/poetic bent for the most part, rather than a socially conscious one, though one of his best-known songs, "Thirsty Boots," has as its background the Freedom Rides of the early '60s. (The song has been recorded by Judy Collins and others.) After emerging from the Northeast folk-club circuit, Andersen began...
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