After The Tapes Were Lost

Originally posted January 26, 2007

In 1972, Eric Andersen, the most romantic of all the young singer-songwriters tabbed as “the new Dylan,” released his classic album Blue River and set to work on its follow-up, Stages, which both he and his record label – Columbia – expected would put him in the forefront of the early 1970s singer-songwriter movement. Somehow, however, the master tapes to Stages were lost.

It took three years from the release of Blue River for Andersen to complete his next record, Be True To You, and the new record’s release found him on the Arista label. He’d reworked six of the songs that had been slated to be on Stages and added more. But the momentum of his career, it seems had stalled.

Still, Be True To You is a very good album, even if it paled in the view of Andersen and the record executives who were promoting him as the next big thing. Highlights include “Moonchild River Song,” a cover of Tom Waits’ “Ol ’55,” and the lush epic “Time Run Like A Freight Train.”

(The master tapes for Stages were discovered in storage at Columbia’s New York offices in 1989, and Stages: The Lost Album was released in 1991, with the nine original songs supplemented with one tune recorded at the time of the Blue River sessions and three new songs; the new cuts featured work by Rick Danko and Garth Hudson of The Band as well as contributions from Jonas Fjeld, a Norwegian musician who joined Danko and Andersen to record the CDs Danko Fjeld Andersen and Ridin’ On The Blinds during the early 1990s.)

The vinyl for this rip is not in as good a condition as the vinyl for earlier rips have been. There will be some pops. Still, as someone pointed out to me recently, any rip is better than none.

Moonchild River Song
Be True To You
Wild Crow Blues
Ol’ 55
Time Run Like A Freight Train
Liza, Light The Candle
Woman, She Was Gentle
Can’t Get You Out Of My Life
The Blues Keep Fallin’ Like The Rain
Love Is Just A Game

Eric Andersen – Be True To You [1975]


One Response to “After The Tapes Were Lost”

  1. Let’s Get Mystical, Funky & Mellow « Echoes In The Wind Says:

    […] to realize that I’ve never shared Eric Andersen’s original version of “Blue River.” I’ve told the tale before, how the album Blue River was supposed to have positioned Andersen as the next big thing but […]

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