Junior Burke | Spot of Time

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Spot of Time

by Junior Burke

Spot of Time blends finely attuned elements of rock with poetic echoes of W.B. Yeats, Arthur Rimbaud and Gertrude Stein.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Spot of Time
4:02 album only
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2. Song of Wandering Aengus
3:06 album only
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3. Personal History
3:17 album only
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4. White Men Landing
3:06 album only
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5. Off to the Races
3:28 album only
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6. Medusa
3:18 album only
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7. To an Isle in the Water
2:29 album only
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8. William Wilson
3:37 album only
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9. Wake up and Dream
3:14 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Spot of Time is the second Junior Burke release. It is no accident that it appears on the poetry-based Fast Speaking Music label, as each of the songs are firmly rooted in the poetic tradition. Two are W.B. Yeats poems set to original music. Other touchstones include Arthur Rimbaud, Gertrude Stein, and Edgar Allan Poe.

While the only musician referenced in the lyrics is Robert Johnson, Burke and producer/instrumentalist Max Davies pay homage to such eminent rock works as John Lennon's "Plastic Ono Band", Van Morrison's "Astral Weeks", and "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan". The result is a compelling lyrical experience set within a highly focused, yet rich and evocative sonic landscape.

More than half the pieces on this set have been recorded by other artists including Janet Feder ("White Men Landing"), Louis Rosen ("Song of Wandering Aengus"), and the late and legendary Richie Havens ("Wake Up and Dream"). Megon McDonough's HBO performance of that piece with The Rochester Philharmonic received a Cable Ace Award as Song of the Year.

Reviews of Junior Burke's previous release, "While You Were Gone":

"The words that come to mind when describing Burke’s songwriting are sophisticated, ironic, and literate.... He lays out the tracks with a novelist or playwright’s sense of structure."
Jim Heald, "No Depression, The Journal of Roots Music"

"If you’re looking for the deepest connect of poetry and rock ’n’ roll, the soulful verbalities of Junior Burke will keep your mind dancing all night long."
Bob Holman, "Poetry Guide", Bowery Poetry Club

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