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Time-Takin' Man

by Bob Norman

Fourth CD from a folk veteran. Songs range in style from contemporary folk through blues, jazz, country, traditional fingerpicking, and classical guitar. Themes include love songs, road songs, dreams, manifestos, Jersey history, childhood memories & more.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Down By Me
5:19 album only
2. Royal Road
3:43 album only
3. Lewisville Road
4:37 album only
4. Gates of Dawn
4:03 album only
5. Time-takin' Man
3:39 album only
6. Ragged River
6:43 album only
7. Bone By Bone
4:59 album only
8. Two Towers Burnin'
8:05 album only
9. Autumn in My Bones
3:29 album only
10. As the Crow Flies
3:20 album only
11. I Remember the Hurricanes
2:46 album only
12. Took a Walk in a Hurricane
2:45 album only
13. The Whisper of Your Wings
5:29 album only
14. Jugglin' Boy
4:03 album only
15. These Visions of You
4:11 album only
16. Under the Clock Tower
5:49 album only


Album Notes
Bob Norman's unusual songs, gentle wit, intricate guitar and harmonica work, and passionate singing have charmed folk audiences across the country for 27 years now. According to Pete Seeger, Bob writes "warm, wonderful, very singable songs that capture the bittersweet lives of working people in a big city--the people who will not give up hope, love, and laughter." The son of a symphony orchestra conductor and a former editor of "Sing Out!", the nations's leading folk song magazine, Bob manages to fuse such varied influences as blues, country, contemporary folk, and classical guitar into a fascinating evening's entertainment.

The "Los Angeles Times" has called Bob Norman "a mainstay of the folk circuit." His multifaceted career in folk music has spanned more than 35 years. From 1970 to 1977 he was editor-in-chief of "Sing Out!", then served on its board until 1990, primarily as chairman. Since 1979 he has performed in major clubs, coffeehouses, and festivals from Boston to San Diego, sharing stages with folk legends like Seeger, Tom Paxton, Richie Havens, Jack Elliott, and Dave Van Ronk and gifted younger songwriters like John Gorka, Suzanne Vega, David Massengill, Shawn Colvin, and Patty Larkin. In 1990, Norman was a finalist in the Kerrville New Folk Competition at the Columbia River Folk Festival. In 1985 he performed in and directed the music for the off-Broadway play "Back County Crimes."

A glance at some of the musicians who have performed or recorded Bob's songs reveals the range of his writing: The list includes folk patriarch Pete Seeger, brilliant blues and gospel singer Eric Bibb, Argentinian poet and songwriter Bernardo Palombo, and midwest folk-rocker Cooker John, a recent Modern Folk winner in the Minnesota Music Awards competition. Bob's songs have appeared in the "Fast Folk" CD magazine and in "Sing Out!", and one was used as the theme for the 1997 film "It's About Power." "Like all good songwriters," says the "New Yorker" magazine, "Norman can distinguish the romantic from the sentimental; his bittersweet accounts of urban life are blissfully free of sappiness."

"Time-Takin' Man" is Bob's fourth CD of original songs. Like the others, it was produced for Night Owl Records by Bob Rose. In addition to Bob Norman's vocals and guitars, it features Bob Rose on guitars and mandolins; Linda LoPresti, Eugene Ruffolo, Nikka Lanzerone, and Paul Kaplan on backup vocals; Stanley Schwarz on keyboards, sax, and flute; Mark Wenner and Ted Klett on harmonica; Paul Kaplan on cuatro; Kenny Kosek, Carol Webb, Dan Trueman, and Scott Ballantyne on strings; John Miller on bass; Roy Markowitz on drums; Donald Castellow on low whistle; Joel Thompson on flute, and Bud Burridge on trumpet. Two gifted teenagers are the special guests: Lindsay Rose on backup vocals and Sam Norman-Haignere on guitar.



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Andrea Boggs

Touching, Deep Songs, Subtle Rich Music
A fine blend of bittersweet and joyful sound and emotion. Rich instrumentation and voice. I loved it and recommend it highly!

Jeremy Pollack

Evokes touching tender memories, of old friends, of lovers.
(Disclaimer: I am an 'old' friend of Bob's... I admit my 'bias'.) Bob worked especially diligently on this release; it shows. His lyrics are rather tender, timely & topical. It is the overall production quality that resonates tho; I offer this is clearly the best Bob has ever 'offered' to his listeners. The arrangements, of/with accompanying artists, add enormous 'depth' and emotional impact, but this only 'works' on account of Bob's underlying musical skill-set. I strongly recommend "Time-Takin Man". Clearly... demonstrably, this is a "legacy" CD. I loved it from the very first play.