Twenty nine years after the release of the original Too Close For Comfort comes the third issue of this priceless and timeless music from San Francisco's own Terry & The Pirates. Another view: Probably only remembered today as one of the many bands graced by the guitarwork of John Cipollina following his departure from Quicksilver Messenger Service, and as a footnote in the career of Nicky Hopkins, Terry and the Pirates deserve much greater recognition.
Although Cipollinas feral guitar is undoubtedly essential to their charms, the work of Terry Dolan himself should not be underestimated. His voice is an acquired taste, a strange mixture of David Crosby and Captain Beefheart, but as such, its impressively distinctive. Meanwhile, his songwriting mines that same rich vein of American folk which yielded Pride Of Man (so memorably covered by Quicksilver). The best songs on this collection of various live and studio recordings are certainly Dolans own. Whilst a version of Jackie Wilsons Higher & Higher might be entertainingly audacious, covers of Mystery Train and Dont Do It arent going to make anybody forget those by The Band, despite some impressive sparring between Cipollina and second guitarist Greg Douglass on the latter.
In this context, tracks like Inside and Out and Inlaws and Outlaws distinguish themselves as fine examples of original Californian rock n roll. Even if none of this is especially ground-breaking or epoch-defining music, its played with spirit and any fans of West Coast music who might have easily overlooked it should be sure to rectify their mistake.
|Inlaws & Outlaws||4:13|
|Brown Skin Monkey Bag||4:16|
|Don't Do It||8:39|
|Higher & Higher||4:26|
|Writing You A Letter||3:08|
|Fare The Well||4:49|