MacDonald, Rod

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MacDonald, Rod - No Commercial Traffic No Commercial Traffic
Folk New - LP HR 8007 Cinemagic
Sealed, Hard-To-Find 1983 Original. After Several Years Of Performing In And Around New York City, Singer/Songwriter Rod MacDonald Finally Issued His Debut Album, No Commercial Traffic, In 1983. The Title, Referring To A Ubiquitous City Street Sign (Pictured Above The Artist On The Back Cover), Slyly Commented On The Position Of A Thoughtful, Thirtysomething, Folk-Based Performer With A Social Conscience At A Time When Record Labels Were Pursuing Vapid Synth Pop Acts. Listening To Macdonald's Catchy Folk-Rock Arrangements Of His Melodic Songs, With Their Literate Lyrics Sung In His Clear High Tenor, It Might Have Been Hard To Understand How Any A&R Person Could Fail To Appreciate His Music's Commercial Appeal, But That's The Way The Music Business Was In The Early 1980s. That Same A&R Person Probably Would Have Balked At Letting Macdonald Open His First Disc With The Haunting Flute Of John Kruth On The Environmental Ballad "The Unearthly Fire"; Might Have Demanded That The Witty And Riveting "On The Road (In New York Town)" Be Cut Down From Its Eight-Minute Running Time; Or Even Suggested That The Moving "A Sailor's Prayer" Not Be Sung A Cappella. Macdonald Mixes Lighthearted Romantic Material Such As The Jazzy Ballad "It's Goin' To Take Some Time" And The Infectious, Beatlesque "What I Wanted" With More Serious Efforts Such As "American Jerusalem," His Metaphor For The Business Establishment Of New York (And Western Capitalism In General) And The Idealistic Anthem "Every Living Thing," Which Closes The Album Hopefully. As A Debut Album Should Be, No Commercial Traffic Is A Statement Of Purpose From A Major Performer Who Had Been Developing For Many Years To Reach This Point." - William Ruhlmann, All Music Guide.... more details
 
MacDonald, Rod - White Buffalo White Buffalo
Folk New - LP MR 52809 Mountain Railroad
Sealed 1988 Original. “MacDonald Was One Of The Most Active And Dynamic Of The Greenwich Village Performers At That Time And This Record Accurately Represents How He Sounded In The Clubs. Recorded Live In The Attic Studio Of Bassist Mark Dann After A Sold Out Two Night Stand At The Speakeasy (The Important Club In The Village Then), These Sessions Feature Terrific, Tight Playing, The Late Howie Wyeth On Drums, John Kruth On Banshee Mandolin, Dann On Bass, And Rod On Guitar And Harmonica. His Classic Songs "Song Of My Brothers," "Blues For The River," "The Aliens Came In Business Suits," "Water," "Cross Country Waltz" And Other Superb Tunes Are All Here. They Are Melodic, Thoughtful And Fun Songs With Great Hooks; The Ballads Are Bittersweet And Haunting. Of His Four Albums To Date, This One Is His Most Consistent And True To His Onstage Sound.” – Richard Meyer, All Music Guide... more details
 

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