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by Dave Kleiner and Liz Pagan

witty and compelling songs, often hilarious, crossing folk pop country mariachi rock boundaries
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Love is as Big as a Horse
2:53 $0.99
2. Kings Highway
2:31 $0.99
3. Salesman
4:06 $0.99
4. The Burtons
3:47 $0.99
5. Mexican Rabbi
4:18 $0.99
6. The Other Side of That Rainbow
3:54 $0.99
7. The Dogs of Summer
2:54 $0.99
8. Mr. Bean
2:46 $0.99
9. Good Friday
2:51 $0.99
10. My Golden Age
3:33 $0.99
11. That's When You Die
3:18 $0.99
12. Here's to the Rocky Road
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Album Notes
Dave Kleiner met Dennis Diken, drummer of the Smithereens, at the album release concert for "The Sounds of Weirdness," a collection of songs about weird things in New jersey, released by (duh) Weird NJ Magazine.

He slipped Dennis a tape of some new songs he had written, and asked Dennis to play drums on a future recording of these songs.

Dennis liked the songs so much he not only played all the drum parts, but produced the CD with his partner, Dave Amels, a top-notch engineer, vintage keyboard fanatic, and co-owner of Voce, a company which replicates vintage keyboard sounds for modern keyboards.

So they went wild, pulling out the old harmonium, mellotron, electric harpsichord, Hammond B-3, and lots of other keyboards, for coloration and that old-fashioned virtue- a record where every song sounds different.

But the heart of the sound is the close empathy between Dave Kleiner and Liz Pagan, his singing and life partner, and the rhythm section of Dennis Diken and veteran bassist Graham Maby, known for his work with Joe Jackson, Natalie Merchant, Shania Twain, They Might Be Giants, and Freedy Johnston.

And the heart within the heart are the songs of Dave Kleiner, never typical, yet always memorable.

The kind of songs that lodge themselves in your brain, and make you smile for no apparent reason in the middle of a business meeting.

Don't fall in love with a Mexican Rabbi.

Love is as big as a horse.

When you assume you make an ass out of you and me.

Wisdom for the ages, and great tunes, too!



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George Byers

A bunch of great songs from a binary star!
This richly performed album has a full spectrum of sound from sweet girls' harmonies to pensive ballads and gospel and a couple songs of hot- rod rock. But listen again; in the lyrics there is something completely different going on! They make me laugh at my woes and tap my toes.

Pelvis Burlapp

This overlooked CD needs to be heard!
I am amazed this CD never hit the big time when it was released in 2001. The songs are funny and sad at the same time. The music is enthralling and the production values are top-notch.
The recent inclusion of the title track "Salesman" on the Winona Folk CD reminded me what an interesting and enjoyable album this is.
Disclaimer: I have no relation to the artist, other than being the same person.

John Mitten

Excellent. Brilliantly different.
Wonderful new sound. Witty plays-on-words.

Jack Witzig

You're unlikely to find an album as unassuming and friendly as Salesman.
You're unlikely to find an album as unassuming and friendly as Salesman. It's composed of songs that deal with subjects ranging from the ennui of suburban life to the greatest mysteries of faith. One theme that runs through all the songs is simple humanity; Kleiner's interested in how and why we interact with each other. . . . Dave, Liz and company (including Jean Sara Rohe, she of the excellent voice and brave opinions) have turned out a work that manages to be both insightful and relevant while keeping an easy humor all the while.