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Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

Wow! Came across this gem this morning and been playing the album all day. A truly great LP by someone with a huge abundance of talent. Creative, inventive, musically pleasing ... yeah! I sing the praises of this one as it's truly worth the attention of any discerning music lover. Shades of James Taylor in his voice, but a bit harder. Meaningful lyrics and great tunes, put together with an abundance of love and talent. Superb!

Recorded in 1969 in upstate New York by Raydar Records.

In addition to making this limited edition album, Bruce Vanderpool also opened concerts for the likes of Procol Harum, Bonnie Raitt, Bob Segar, Boz Scaggs and others. Some have described this as a "dreamy folk psych with beautiful electric guitar backing and strong introspective vocals . . ." Others have described it as a blend of electric and acoustic guitar with poetic lyrics and harmony.
Collector's Weekly has identified this album as a highly sought after item.

Original artwork created by Carol Crooks, now Carol Vanderpool (Bruce's wife), comprises the front cover and both the front and back covers are pasted on. As a result, the plastic cover on all new albums with original covers had to be cut to enable application of the covers. Some album covers are also signed by Bruce Vanderpool. Check it out and you'll see that previous ones like that (there are only a few out there) have gone for over US$1,500 on eBay and elsewhere. You aren't gonna get one even if you have the money [which you probably don't].

Unfortunately, the quality of the vinyl rip of the whole album on youtube leaves a lot to be desired - but - no worries, mates! I got me a damn fine rip at 320kbps with artwork I'm willing to share with [almost] anyone for educational and evaluation purposes, not for resale and in accordance with the USA Copyright Disclaimer Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976 and under UK law for the purposes of non-commercial research and/or study, criticism or review.
Just ask me, your brother in music, Steve. :innocent:

Re: Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

Hey! Would love to get the digital copy you have of this!

Re: Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

Hi Matthew,
Look out for an email from which will contain a link to the zip folder of the album. It should be with you in about 20 minutes.
Any comments added to this forum thread on the album would be welcome - hope you enjoy it!

Re: Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

Being dissatisfied with the sound quality of the mp3 files I sent you, I'm sending you flac files of the album from a different source, that sound just like I/we would want them to sound - totally better!

Please listen to the album and give your views here for the benefit of other UKPDF visitors.

Re: Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

The record is haunting and somber and perfect. Reminds me a little of early Bridget St. John (Ask Me No Questions) or early Gordon Lightfoot (Gord's Gold).There is no doubt in my mind Lightfoot stumbled upon this record and stole a bit from 'Home' for 'Song for a Winter's Night.' but Bittersweet has the intimate quality that the music of an obscure single-record artist would, (F.J. McMahon's Spirit of the Golden Juice) Overall, the record is fantastic and I will be listening in my car as I drive hazily through roadside America for years and years to come. Thanks again, and I look forward to those files! Can't thank you enough. What a gem.

Re: Bruce Vanderpool 1969 ‎– Bittersweet (Mountain Music From The City)

Great album. I found out about Bruce Vanderpool through a radio mix that played the song "Sadness" and was captivated, unfortunately and haven't had luck finding good quality sources of the full album other than YouTube. I would love to give a listen to the flac files if they are still floating around.