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Brinsley Schwarz: Despite It All [Capitol, 1971]
In the wake of willful hype and confused debut, this follow-up has been panned or ignored, an injustice. I'm impressed that four English guys could get the Byrds' kind of bittersweet, covertly strange c&w so right, though actually it's not so different from what the Stones started doing with r&b. My favorite line is either "Why don't you financially back her" or "Because it's so important." My favorite song is "Country Girl." My favorite title is "The Slow One." B+