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Album : Steve Forbert – Alive On Arrival

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I probably listened to this record more than most of the albums I have. This was my introduction to Steve Forbert and his music. Nothing sophisticated or mind boggling    just great songwriting delivered with the perfect voice for it. I remember when this album was released and some folks were hanging the Dylan/ Springsteen thing on him. I guess there are some similarities but Steve is his own guy.

CB likes words and people who have the talent to string them together to create images and emotions. Forbert does that for me. I just dig his vibe. His music puts me in a good space.

The opening cut ‘Going Down To Laurel’ still sounds good after all these years. So many good cuts. ‘Thinkin’ is pointed at CB or he thinks it is. ‘What Kinda Guy’ would have fit on Springsteen’s Nebraska. It’s a very catchy acoustic rocker. A favorite. ‘Big City Cat’ and ‘Grand Central Station’ (a street musicians lament, beautiful) have to be born out of life experience (hell the whole album is). It’s been said to write from what you know. I think .Forbert does that on this record. The last 3 cuts take the album out with. ‘You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play’ ends the record with a bang. A CB style rocker.

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There is only so much music you can spend time with. I always felt my time was well spent with people like Forbert. Never disappoints. He sings with feeling and emotion. He’s a special talent in my book. No filler on this vinyl. Bunch of very good songs that add up to make a very good record.

Another one of the best debut albums I own (all his albums are worth the time and I have a few). It’s like an old friend. He still performs and from what I hear, gives you your money’s worth. I was lucky enough to see him a few times. Great nights.

(  Vinyl Connection did a little bit on some Steve Forbert music he came across in his travels. He said something interesting about the music he was listening to bands like Yes, King Crimson etc and here’s this guy with a guitar , harmonica getting his attention. Me too Bruce)

25 comments on “Album : Steve Forbert – Alive On Arrival

  1. hanspostcard
    November 17, 2019

    This album still sounds 40 years later so fresh.

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  2. Yeah, Another Blogger
    November 17, 2019

    I’m glad that Forbert has been able to make a living from music for all these years. He passes thru my area two or three or more times every year. Take care, CB.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 17, 2019

      I think we have confirmed our like for Steve. Always a good night to catch him live. Say hello to him for me.

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  3. J.
    November 18, 2019

    I still have some Forbert on my list, but I haven’t made time for him yet. I’ll need to rectify that.

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  4. 1537
    November 18, 2019

    Genuinely never heard of the dude.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 18, 2019

      He might surprise you. I think he’s good.

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      • 1537
        November 18, 2019

        I will look it up. It’s rare I’ve never even seen someone’s name though.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 19, 2019

        Yeah with your resources etc it is kinda surprising. I know there’s a few others like myself that dig him big-time. He certainly wasn’t mainstream. I’m trying to think of someone who covered one of his songs. Blank , which is rare for such a good songwriter.

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  5. 1537
    November 18, 2019

    Sorry, you make him sound good.

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  6. Jim S.
    November 18, 2019

    I think just about the only song I know by him is ‘Romeo’s Tune’ which was a reasonably good-sized hit. His name pops up here and there. I’ll give this album a spin.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 18, 2019

      He’s good Doc. I see your other comment. Truth be known I listen to him more than I do Zim. He fits that singer song writer genre you eat up. I’d say he’s closer the Bruce as far as lyrics go.

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      • Jim S.
        November 19, 2019

        He’s a guy I overlooked. I’ll give it a spin. I think any singer/songwriter would have to be phenomenal, though, to have any hope of replacing Dylan in my affections. Or for that matter, Bruce.

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      • cincinnatibabyhead
        November 19, 2019

        I listen to Bruce the most.

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  7. Jim S.
    November 18, 2019

    BTW, every couple years or so – at least at one point in time – some guy or another was appointed the new Dylan. Or some band the new Beales. So it goes.

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  8. christiansmusicmusings
    November 20, 2019

    While I had heard his name on prior occasions, I didn’t know any of Steve Forbert’s music. Then, earlier this evening, I spotted an email from the Iridium in NYC, announcing upcoming shows including Forbert (Dec. 5). Among others, they also have Albert Lee and Ana Popovic in Jan and Feb, respectively.

    Back to Forbert. Prompted by the Iridium promo, I listened to his most recent album “The Magic Tree” from last year. I liked what I heard. Do you know it?

    Well, in any case, afterwards I recalled your post, and I’m currently checking out “Alive on Arrival.” It sounds great as well!

    I’m definitely planning to listen to more of Forbert’s music.

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 20, 2019

      No I don’t know the newest album yet. Like others who I really like (The Who, Springsteen, Young etc) I sometimes have to catch up. But with people like Forbert It’s like I know what I’m going to get. Some real good listening with a high standard.
      Steve has been one of my favorites for years. I know you like words Christain and SF puts them together well.
      It was guys like him that took my listening away from more commercial and popular artists. I never felt cheated. The contrary. Rewarded would be the word. I hope you find some enjoyment in his music.

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  9. Thom Hickey
    November 24, 2019

    Endlessly listenable. Jukebox has its own tribute to Steve.

    Regard 6ths Thom

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    • cincinnatibabyhead
      November 24, 2019

      CB has been hanging with Steve since he released this album. What can I say, I like the guy and I like his music.
      (Went over and dropped a comment on your take)

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