Burns, Randy

Band members               Related acts

- Randy Burns -- vocals, guitar

- Matt Kastner -- guitar

- David Mohn -- drums

- A.J. Mulhern -- percussion, backing vocals

- Bruce Samuels -- bass




- Randy Burns And The Sky Dog Band





Genre: folk-rock

Rating: *** (3 stars)

Title:  I'm a Lover Not a Fool

Company: Polydor

Catalog: PD 5030

Year: 1972

Country/State: New Haven, Connecticut

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: minor ring and edge wear on front cover; promo sticker on cover; minor water stain on back cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4922

Price: $10.00



Normally I have about as much tolerance for sensitive singer/songwriters as I do for pompous blowhards, or used car salespeople.  That said, the little know Randy Burns is a possible exception to that rule.  Mind you, I wouldn't want to hear his whiny voice everyday, but in the right circumstances he's mildly entertaining.


I have no idea how much of it is true, but from what I've read Burns personnel history reads like a bad novel.  Born and raised in New Haven, Connecticut, as a teenager he grabbed his guitar and ran away from home.  Still in his teens he found himself in Greenwich Village, living in the streets and panhandling for spare change.  As an 18 year old in 1966 he got a job at the Gaslight Club where his performances opening for better known acts such as John Hammond, Buffy Saint Marie and Tom Paxton attracted the attention of ESP Records president Bernard Stollman.  Stollman signed Burns to a contract which saw the release of a pedestrian folk collection ("Of War and Love"), followed by an interesting  folk-cum-psych album and a second country-rock collection.  Both the second and third albums featured backing from The Sky Dog Band.  With ESP ending operations Burns and the Sky Dog Band signed with Mercury, but the relationship faltered after one album.


1972's "I'm a Lover Not a Fool" found Burns signed to Polydor.  Produced by Barry Seidel the collection marked a return to Burns singer/songwriter roots, though most of the album featured backing from an un-credited Sky Dog Band.  For rock fans it should be pointed out that Burns earlier explorations of folk-psych were long gone, but tracks like 'Country Rain' and 'Rocky Road' retained his interest in country-rock. His electrified cover of Jesse Fuller's 'She's No Good' was one of the standouts and included a lyric that included the phrase 'she's a ball buster'.  For what it's worth, to my ears Burns was actually at his best when toughening up his sound.  His dry raspy voice was certainly an acquired taste, but surrounded by rock instrumentation such as ''Circle of Joy' he actually sounded pretty good - imagine a less irritating Harry Chapin.  In case anyone cares Polydor released a single off of the LP: 'Hold On' b/w '???' (Polydor catalog number PD-14143).


"I'm a Lover Not a Fool" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Hold On  (Randy Burns) - 3:20

2.) I'm A Lover Not A Fool   (Randy Burns) - 3:00

3.) She's No Good   (Jesse Fuller) - 2:01

4.) Seasons   (Randy Burns) - 4:15

5.) Country Rain   (Randy Burns) - 2:06

6.) Lady Rain Again   (Randy Burns) - 2:56


(side 2)
Circle Of Joy   (Randy Burns) - 3:40

2.) Lisa   (Randy Burns) - 3:57

3.) Sing Out   (Bruce Samuels) - 2:58

4.) Rocky Road  (Dardenella) - 1:49

5.) Christmas Lights  (Randy Burns) - 3:35





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