Lloyd Thayer | Gratitude

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Gratitude

by Lloyd Thayer

16 Instrumentals for Lapstyle Guitar, Dobro, Weissenborn, 12 string.
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. Glenn Jones Isthmus
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3:54 album only
2. Ooooh Kay Doooouugh Kay
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4:38 album only
3. Peace
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1:11 album only
4. Night Bikers in Cambridge
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3:12 album only
5. Flat Tire in the Fourth Dimension
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4:25 album only
6. Vinyl Shoppers On New Year's Eve
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7. The Klezmers of Hungary
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5:53 album only
8. Stockbridge Bowl On Christmas Eve
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5:41 album only
9. Listen to This Avacado
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2:01 album only
10. Lucky Thirteen
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2:30 album only
11. Cheney's Plastic Flower Garden
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4:43 album only
12. Useless If Dropped
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13. The First Hippy of Beijing
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14. Sweet Pea Raga
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15. Commandment 6 Vs. President 43
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16. Bedtime Song for Karmapa
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Gratitude" is the second all instrumental Cd by Dobro virtuoso lloyd Thayer, and it picks up where his first Cd "Birds" left off. All of the songs are original compositions, and 14 of them are played solo. Track #11 "Cheney's Plastic Flower Garden" is a duet with fingerstyle guitar great Glenn Jones that weaves its way through several moods and tempos before culminating in a crescendo that leaves the listener with more questions than answers...........Track #15 is an improvisation with an unidentified chromatic harmonica player who happened to wander in to the studio, and adds yet another element of mystery to the proceedings.
The remainder of the tracks are played solo, and cover a wide variety of styles, from Middle Eastern, Jazz, Hungarian, Blues and Bluegrass, played in a way that only Thayer can play them........a truly exceptional album by a one of a kind artist.


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T. Treat

Excellent
I first got hooked on lloyd's music 3 or 4 years back after hearing him at Club Passim. I was mesmorized by the dobro and at that time the blues. What I love about lloyd's music in this new album is that his music is constantly evolving and pushing up at the ceiling, well the stars really...breaking the boundaries and not being stuck or static. I mean I could, and do, listen to his old stuff all the time but if you feel like being pushed a little in your musical listening experience than get this album and enjoy!

Little Johnny Kantreed

lloyd does it again!!
lloyd Thayer has graced us once again with an incredible array of musical selections. The diversity of this CD takes the listener around the world... and back! From eastern sounds to melodic numbers to ragtime, lloyd shows abundant expertise and creativity in the lap style dobros and guitars he plays. I'm sure my favorites will change many times upon multiple listens, but the songs "Stockbridge Bowl On Christmas Eve" & "Lucky Thirteen" really jump out. Trust me, this CD is 16 songs of dobro bliss...

Robert P. Kinslow

Get it and enjoy, again and again
My entry into Thayerism was the blues, specifically "Blues for Boston," another excellent album. And what I first noticed was Lloyd's voice. I do enjoy wordless music, however, and "Gratitude" sounded good, so I ordered -- wondering, however, whether I could listen to 16 tracks of dobro. The answer is yes! This album is a journey of musical modes, from Appalachia to Asia, slavic to the Southland, and it just flows. That's not to say that if you prefer one style and not another, only some compositions will appeal. Lloyd's playing style is such that the bends and twists and filigrees give you much to enjoy on each track. And make no mistake, these are compositions, not improvisations. You feel as if every note is deliberately placed right where it needs to be, despite the seeming effortlessness with which they pour out of the speakers. That's virtuosity. I have found myself listening to "Gratitude" a lot, even looping it at times on my lengthy commute to or from work. It's that good, and if you enjoy highly listenable, highly transportative music, you should give youself "Gratitude."

Paul Lechtenberg

lloyd loves us
In our Knuckle Sandwich world, lloyd Thayer disobeys. From the first tonez of the many aptly-titled tracks, Gratitude sends me watching the neon subway station sink off into time and space through the black back glass of the train. Much more than Instrumental Solos for Lapstyle Guitar written in a fancy font, lloyd’s newest egg features clearly other dimensional reality. Familiar from my personal reservoir of the experiences of our species, these original and persuasive tracks lay me out like a young mutt on a one hundred-and-one year old floor listening together with scores of souls stepping over me.
Nothing matches Lloyd en vivo, but this is a wonderful Wednesday wokka wokka, if you will. Peacefully beautiful. The whole album. Thanks very much lloyd. Love, Paul