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Tony Bird: Tony Bird of Paradise [Columbia, 1978]
Bird hasn't put his strongest material on this record--his debut has more knockout songs (more losers, too), and I once saw him perform a paranoid tribute to the CIA that I'd love to hear again. But he remains such an odd and abrasive singer that he has a right to go a little commercial, and producer John Lissauer knows how. B