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Tony Bird

  • Tony Bird [Columbia, 1976] B+
  • Tony Bird of Paradise [Columbia, 1978] B
  • Sorry Africa [Philo, 1990] Neither

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Tony Bird [Columbia, 1976]
At his worst, this white Rhodesian is just a folkie--poetry, sententious, and he does go on. But even when he's bad you can hear black Africa in the rhythms and intense intonations of his singing, and when he's good you can hear it in the lyrics too. I wonder how much he steals but consider him an original nevertheless. B+

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

Sorry Africa [Philo, 1990] Neither