Peter Conover | Falcon

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by Peter Conover

Folk rock ranging from the traditional to the experimental; accessible, impossible, fascinating, infuriating, gloomy, uplifting, mostly acoustic, and a little electric.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Falcon (words, P. Conover / music, trad.)
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4:19 $0.99
2. Don't Forget That She Is Hers
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4:25 $0.99
3. Message Into Time
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8:07 $0.99
4. Isis (B. Dylan & J. Levy)
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7:08 $0.99
5. Chain and Ball
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8:18 $0.99
6. Randy
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6:54 $0.99
7. Stay
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6:22 $0.99
8. Four Winds
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2:28 $0.99
9. Cerridwen
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4:42 $0.99
10. What We Came Here For
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4:39 $0.99
11. Burning Times (C. Murphy)
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5:22 $0.99
12. The Wheel Will Turn
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13. Call
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Album Notes
FALCON is intense and comprehensive, containing 74 minutes of music over 13 tracks, including some of Conover's most difficult and inaccessible material, a new arrangement of Bob Dylan's "Isis," and several important pagan oriented songs like "Cerridwen," "The Wheel Will Turn," "Call," and "Burning Times," Charlie Murphy's popular anthem about the historical persecution of witches in Europe. Percussionists Valerie Geib and Paula Holz are featured on several tracks.

The release of FALCON in 2000 generated some controversy due to the inclusion of a nude portrait of the performer in the liner notes (not visible from the outside of the CD package). The photograph is not offensive and is presented in good taste, but it has been misunderstood, and, ironically, has received more attention and criticism than the music on the album has.

Conover has been denied distribution by a few key outlets for his work due to the controversial photograph, but he refuses to publish a second version of the CD on the grounds that doing so would be as much as publicly admitting that there is something "wrong" or "dirty" with the first version. Responsibly including an "adult material" advisory notice on the CD package, Conover will not permit the work to be sold to minors and regards the refusal by some distributors to carry the CD as nothing more than censorship.

FALCON is not intended for sale or distribution to minors. Your purchase through CD Baby is testament that you are of legal age to purchase adult material in your area and that nudity in this form does not offend you.

But what about the music? Peter Conover is just a little too "real" for some listeners. At gigs, it's not unusual for a few people to hit the door when they realize they can neither ignore him nor ignore what he is saying in his songs. He is not there to create ambience. He is there to tell you something important, and he expects you to pay attention. This makes some people uncomfortable. There is nowhere to hide from him. He seems a little crazy, and he probably is. You have no doubt that he believes, absolutely, in everything he sings. Watching him work, you get the feeling that, at any moment, this vulnerable, volatile performer might just go to pieces at any moment -- or go up in flames.


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Karen Neuhaus

I think this is a great cd. The music is inspired and truely expresses the meaning of being pagan. I only wish I had been around when this wonderful artist was still performing live. He sings with incredible energy and passion. The vision he inspires is very magical. Why isn't anyone else in the pagan community singing these songs or talking about the wonder music created here? The title track, "Falcon" is amazing. "Chain and Ball" is fenominal. There are so many ideas expressed in this one song that I want to listen to it over and over until I can encompass its entire meaning. "Stay" is one of the most heart wrenching love songs I've ever heard. "Randy" is raw and ferocious in its attack on the senses. The guitar chords sent shivers to my belly. "The Wheel Will Turn" would be perfect for a sing-a-long at any gathering. I love this rendition of "Burning Times" and I like this "Isis" better than Bob Dylan's.