Cliff Eberhardt -- Borders

Borders

Cliff Eberhardt

RHR CD 129

Red House Records
P. O. Box 4044
St. Paul, MN 55104
Email: redhouse@redhouserecords.com

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch
(moben@internet-zahav.net)

One of the most cherished LP's in my collection is a Cornelia Street Cafe- The Songwriter's Exchange from 1980. This is probably the LP that started the CooP, and later Fast Folk Magazine. In this CD we find the first two songs recorded by Cliff Eberhardt (later to become four in the CD rendition from 1987). These two songs showed a big promise for a big career. Later Cliff Eberhardt recorded many songs for the Fast Folk compilations, until his first CD in 1990.

But it was not until the release of 12 Songs of Good and Evil, his fourth CD and his 1997 first Red House CD that his talents came to a fulfillment. In 12 Songs, as well as in Borders, Eberhardt is at his best, with his raucous voice at front. He is somewhere between Joe Cocker and John Gorka. Eberhardt could be called a blues singer, by the urgency in which he sings his songs.

In Your Face, a song from 1984, Eberhardt sings:

A month of Sundays
Two weeks from Tuesday
Halfway across the country this time

Always your face
Appears in my dreams
And brings me back home tonight

A month of Sundays
Two weeks from Tuesday
Halfway across the country this time

Always your face
Appears in my dreams
And brings me back home tonight

The songs in this CD have a common theme, relationships and their limits. The "borders" are the human limits and limitation we create or that imposed by life. His first CD was The Long Road, and his first song here is Why Is The Road so Long, in which he repeats many times the line "Why is the road so long when you are trying to get back home?" It is like a mantra, being a question never answered, as a well as an answer to a question nobody asks. I guess that the road gets longer sometimes to make you a better person and a better artist.

A few words about the recording: This is an HDCD recording, and those who have an HDCD converter will find much to like in it. I don't have one, still I found the sound in this CD to be top notch.

Song List:

  • Why Is The Road So Long
  • Fix Your Blues
  • The Long Goodbye
  • The Land of the Free
  • The Wrong Side of the Line
  • Lines
  • Anna Lee
  • Isn't That The Way Things Are
  • Your Face
  • Everybody Knows
  • Unrequited
  • Why Is The Road So Long

Copyright 1999, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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