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Album Review

It's easy for folks to think of Steve Forbert as a singer/songwriter who burned out early — after all, his debut album, 1978's Alive on Arrival, was his strongest critical success, and the follow-up, 1979's Jackrabbit Slim, was his biggest seller (and featured his only hit single, "Romeo's Tune"). But while his next two albums were hit-and-miss and Forbert dropped off the radar after record company troubles kept him out of the studio for six years, 1988's Streets of This Town found him in fine form, with a set of new songs that revealed an intelligence and maturity that bested most of his previous work. The American in Me was an equally strong follow-up in 1992, but it suffered from the same problem that dogged Streets of This Town — Geffen, Forbert's new label, wasn't sure just how to promote either album, and neither found the audience they deserved. Geffen has been good enough — 11 years after The American in Me fell on deaf ears — to give the two albums a second chance with the compilation Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years, which features both sets in their entirety on one disc. Digital remastering has done wonders for the audio quality of the material, and the passage of more than a decade as been kind to this music; Forbert's wordplay is stronger, more subtle, and less callow here than on his early sides, and the musical accompaniment (anchored by Forbert's road band the Rough Squirrels on Streets of This Town and by a studio crew fronted by producer Pete Anderson on The American in Me) is strong and sophisticated without sounding pretentious, and rocks out with easy confidence. This collection also includes a U.K.-only B-side, "The Only Normal People," which is a sharp and witty find that fans will doubtless enjoy. Rock While I Can Rock: The Geffen Years captures an underappreciated artist during a creative high point that more than a few listeners missed, and it's well worth a backward glance for both fans and newcomers.

Customer Reviews

Steve Forbert - The Artistic Benchmark for Folk Rock Music

Authenticity, clarity of purpose, true American music yet with a soulfulness - a worldliness found only in the rarified likes of a Springsteen or a Dylan or a Cohen or a Williams – Lucinda that is... Only in the likes of a human being who sees right through it…right past the spin, the mask, right through to life’s core - to the love and fear at the heart of us all. Steve Forbert. It is as if he were ever really to break out into the big-time he would in essence cease to exist. Such is the nature of a paradox like this one. Fantastic Music Steve. Rock on – and on…

Great Stuff

Steve Forbert had a wonderful comeback with these two Geffen albums, but not enough people got the word. How frustrating that must be for a singer-songwriter. I urge you to buy and cherish this collection of 21 great songs ... 15 years late!


Born: December 13, 1954 in Meridian, MS

Genre: Rock

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

Anointed "the new Dylan" upon his recording debut, folk-rock singer/songwriter Steve Forbert was born in Meridian, MS, in 1954. After learning guitar at age 11, he spent his high school years playing in a variety of local bands before quitting his job as a truck driver and moving to New York City at the age of 21. There, he performed for spare change in Grand Central Station before working his way up to the Manhattan club circuit. After signing to Nemperor, Forbert debuted in 1978 with Alive on Arrival,...
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