Jeff Larson | Swimming in the Make Believe

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Swimming in the Make Believe

by Jeff Larson

singer/songwriter, Acoustic/Electric pop-rock
Genre: Pop: California Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Remind Me Of The Sun
2:50 $0.99
2. Play Through
3:11 $0.99
3. A Faraway Girl
3:21 $0.99
4. Southaways
3:02 $0.99
5. I'll Be Gone
4:42 $0.99
6. Summer Fades
2:53 $0.99
7. Hand Me Down
3:31 $0.99
8. Something Of Magritte
0:44 $0.99
9. Under The Weather
3:38 $0.99
10. Rain On Me
3:00 $0.99
11. She Has To Know By Now
2:51 $0.99
12. Leaving California
4:02 $0.99
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Album Notes
Third in a series that began with Fragile Sunrise (2002) followed by Sepia (2004). Guests Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell (America), Robert Lamm (Chicago), Jeffrey Foskett and Randell Kirsch. Produced by Hank Linderman. Sunny-breezy-roots-pop! Reviews and more info to come...

Last time out, Larson totally bowled me over with the gorgeous Sepia, one of my favorite albums of 2004 so with Swimming In The Make Believe, Larson may have actually surpassed himself!

Light in tone it may be but Larson’s thoughtful excursions into soft rock laced with subtle modern pop beats, intriguing arrangements, fluid guitars and those heavenly harmonies make Swimming In The Make Believe a thoroughly delightful experience. -- Kevin Matthews (Pop Culture Press / Bucketfull of Brains-UK)

Jeff Larson is the sound of California pop, conjuring the wisp of a summer's eve, the light breeze of an affecting melody, the warmth of the sun sliding across a clear, cloudless day. Larson continues to be a marvel, raising the bar with each new release. With the heartfelt Swimming in the Make Believe, he has surpassed even himself, waxing a dozen gorgeous songs unmatched in their beauty... The players, from producer Hank Lindeman, who contributes various guitar parts, to Beckley's America partner Dewey Bunnell and Chicago's Robert Lamm help bring these songs to glorious life, but it is Larson who makes them shine in the warm California sun.

Alan Haber (Pure Pop)



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Nancy Holtz

A Refreshing, Harmonizing, Brilliant set of Songs!
Hi ~ I have to say I have been hitting the replay on my "Swimming in the Make Believe" cd since it arrived last thursday. Jeff's way with his songs, never cease to amaze and capture me nicely. I love all of the nice Harmonizing found in these songs. I love how I can hear that early America, Beach Boys, Chicago's acoustic and harmony magic. Add Jeff's own unique sound, and blend in Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell (America), Robert Lamm, Jeff Foskett, Randall Kirsch, Mike Campion's backing vocals, and you end up with some really nice ear candy. Jeff's Lyrics have always painted nice visuals to go along with his nice free flowing acoustic harmony. My first Jeff Larson cd was Fragile Sunrise, then I got Sepia, and then worked my way back to his Room For Summer, and Two Part Confessional EP. I really have enjoyed how I can hear all of Jeff's early on music inspirations in his song styles. He has stayed consistent to this, yet bringing out a refreshing newness in his new songs. At this moment my favorite song on this new cd is "Runaway Girl" all of what I just mentioned comes across soooo clear in this song. I really have enjoyed how Jeff's work with Gerry Beckley have brought some really nice gems my way. I like how I can hear each of their versions done on "Cryin" from the Sepia cd, and "I'll be Gone" on this Swimming in the Make Believe cd. I really enjoyed getting to hear Dewey shine nicely with Jeff on "Hand me Down, this song is sooo nice. It also is very clear the magic that Jeff Larson & Jeff Foskett bring out in each others vocals. I don't feel I can say it enough, the Harmonizing and the acoustics are sooo nice, like a warm cozy friendship, that is nice to have accompanying my everyday life. I highly recommend this cd.. I am sure when you listen, you too will find all that I have tried to put into words here and more. Take care, and Shine on Jeff! :) Nancy Holtz, Hastings, Pa

Tafkam (Sussex, UK)

Stunning! Without doubt his stongest and best album to date
I’ll get straight to the point…this album is absolutely brilliant and without doubt Jeff Larson’s strongest and most commercial album to date. In Jeff’s last outing he gave us the six track mini-CD “Two Part Confessional” which I felt was slightly under produced and had a sort of intimate ‘living room’ feel to it but this latest offering moves one step up from that and has a real polished finish to it. It has the ears awake and listening from track one, the cracking “You Remind Me Of The Sun”. It’s a glorious start to a truly wonderful album.

It’s crammed full of those lush harmonies that are now Jeff Larson’s trademark with beautiful ‘jingly jangly’ acoustic guitars all over it that give the album a real summer feel-good factor. The best thing of all though is not the wonderful production but the songs – they are just so great! To pick out a favourite track on this jewel of a CD is almost impossible (and every listener will have their own favourites of course) but if I had to choose then there are three songs that standout and shine just a little bit brighter than the other gems for me. The heart wrenching “I’ll Be Gone”, the Brian Wilson influenced “Summer Fades” (which is just screaming out to be a summer hit) and the beautifully sung ”Hand Me Down”.

Those of you that are familiar with his previous work will not be disappointed with this latest offering. Could “Swimming In The Make Believe” be the album that finally breaks Jeff Larson into the mainstream? I really hope so. Although one of rock music’s best kept secrets this artist is a shining beacon in the singer songwriter genre and produces music of the very highest quality but with backing musicians like America’s Gerry Beckley and Brian Wilson Band leader Jeffrey Foskett helping out perhaps it’s hardly surprising. If you like your music to be full of California sounding rock harmonies and you have a penchant for The Eagles, Beach Boys, CSN, Poco and America then this CD is definitely for you.

I am amazed that this talented artist hasn’t been more widely recognised yet. As someone who lives across the pond rest assured that there will be a small corner of England that will have this CD playing endlessly this summer. Let’s just hope that this new album brings Jeff Larson the success he, and his talent, so richly deserves. Highly recommended – buy it!

Wolfgang Funk

This is the second CD of Jeff Larson I bought.
It is as good as the first one "sepia" . Just buy it.Jeff go on.!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'll make my review a wee bit shorter than the others. I purchased this CD along with Gerry Beckley's Horizontal Fall and Robert Lamm's Skinny Boy. Out of the three, I really enjoyed this CD the most. Songs were original and easy to listen to and I simply enjoyed it. What more could I ask for?

Tom Hansen

This CD is so SWEET, you'll have to lay off of candy for a month!
I just drove 11 hours straight in my restored 1967 Nova with a stack of cd's. The first one I popped in was Jeff's "Swimming in the Make Believe", and I never put another cd in. I played that puppy for 11 hours straight and never got tired of it! By the end of the trip, I was singing all the songs along with the disk. At one point, I played "Gone" 20 times in a row!! This is one "sweet" cd