亚伦泰勒的个人网站名称叫做「旅人之家」（The Traveller’s Home），这当然跟他1978年的畅销专辑「A Traveller」大有关係。事实上，亚伦泰勒的歌曲灵感几乎都来自於旅行。成长於公路小说盛行的「垮掉的一代」，旅行对他来说是生命中极为重要的元素。就像这张专辑中的每一首歌曲，歌词可以把他生命中经过的这些画面生动的带到我们眼前，这就是亚伦泰勒歌曲的魅力。 只要听到开场曲，相信歌迷们就会发出疑问了：吉他呢？怎么会整首歌曲就只有一台钢琴伴奏？接下去听，相信你就会发现亚伦泰勒这次的全新尝试：每首歌曲只用一样乐器（钢琴或吉他）伴奏。为什么要这样处理？原来这张专辑所集结的歌曲，是过往专辑中没能收录的遗珠之憾。一首歌曲没有被专辑收录有很多原因，不过这里面的歌曲大多是亚伦泰勒在现场演唱会中仍然会演唱，也有许多歌迷们询问为何没有录音可收藏的。亚伦泰勒表示：这就像是重新回到多年前走过的旅程，重新再活一段那个时光，就像是与老友们重聚。 至於为何现在又可以重新灌录这些歌曲了？亚伦泰勒说：「我发现过去这些时光带给这些歌曲的，就像是久经风霜的旅行衣物上的旧气味，让它们变得更为舒适、更容易使用。」至於为何只选用单一乐器伴奏？「因为当一首歌被『剥光』、当它裸露、当它的棱角并没有被其他乐器温暖的柔化时，你更容易理解它真正的力量。」对於录音来说，如何让这样「单纯」的唱片显出该有的生动与活力是个极大的挑战。不过这显然难不倒老虎鱼高品质录音室的工程师们。不管是亚伦泰勒自己的Martin & Co.木吉他、Fazioli平台钢琴或是他那厚实饱满的男中音，听起来是那样的真实而诚恳，一点都没有人工化渲染的痕迹，正对上本专辑「回归歌曲本质」的宗旨。 这里面很多歌曲都与当年录制的版本相去甚远，不过没关係，对於我们这些聆听者而言，每一首歌都是全新的，就像是踏上一段全新的旅途。而这段旅途肯定舒适，因为亚伦泰勒以他数十年的丰富演唱经验替这些歌曲加持，就像个最称职的导游、最温馨的老友，让人感到一种成熟、恬淡的气味。
Allan Taylor: vocal, guitar.
ILutz Möller: piano
All songs written by Allan Taylor
Produced and recorded by Günther Pauler, Stockfisch Records
Mastered by Hans-Jörg Maucksch
Photography: John Deane & Manfred Pollert
Graphic Design by Martin Jeremias
Audio CD (31. August 2007)
Anzahl Disks/Tonträger: 1
Label: Stockfisch (in-akustik)
A long time ago, when I was young, I had a record player that used to replay those old vinyl records, and before I went to sleep there were a few records I used to play until I woke up in the middle of the night and stopped the machine or until morning. The ones I remember are Leonard Cohen self titled first record, The Best of Leonard Cohen and Van Morrison's Veedon Fleece. These are laid back records, as is this new release of old songs by Allan Taylor.
It would be an under statement to say that this is an acoustic or unplugged CD, as all Taylor's are already acoustic records with minimal instrumentation. But here it is only his voice and either guitar or piano. The songs are like whispers and never get rocking or rolling. These are lullabies for grown ups.
Allan Taylor has been around for longer than most readers here have been listening to music. His first records were released in the ninety sixties. He was part of the English folk movement and then moved to the United States to continue his career. He hardly ever became famous but was always a known figure within folk circles. With the advent of CD's and the reissue of his cult masterpieces Sometimes, The Lady, The American Album, Cajun Moon, he went on to record, mostly for the Stockfish record label in Germany, a series of very successful albums -- albums that may not catch you at once or be considered masterpieces, but are a clear example of classy music, with intelligent lyrics and a very unique way of presenting them&mdsah;a real signature voice.
In spite of the fact that Alan Taylor is definitely in his grove, his music is limited to one way of presenting music. There are no big surprises in his music, and once you've heard one of his albums you can know very clearly what to expect from the next one. If you love one of them and want some more of his music you are not bound to go wrong with Old Friends-New Road. I love it and heartedly recommend this release, as well as all his other CD's. I am not sure you'll want all of them but at least you'll want to hear one of his latest releases from Stockfish Records.
Allan Taylor about this CD: "I'm still not ready to record a CD of new songs – maybe this will happen next year – so for the meantime I've made a CD of old songs for those people who have waited so long. This CD is simply a collection of songs I occasionally return to, solely because they are a joy to sing play. I decided to record the whole CD with just voice and guitar or voice and piano (played by Lutz Möller), the idea being that it is in fact a short private concert for you. Günter Pauler and Hans-Jörg Maucksch have created such a natural sound on the CD it's almost as if I'm there in front of the speakers. I could not believe the quality of sounds."
01. Chimes at Midnight 4:06
02. For an Old Friend 3:21
03. Urban Love Song 4:33
04. The Meadow 4:13
05. Homestate 3:49
06. The Morning Lies Heavy 3:23
07. Syracuse and Albany 3:04
08. Now You Know 2:41
09. Let Me Be 3:28
10. Flower in the Snow 2:44
11. Like I Used To Do 3:56
12. Lady Take Your Time 3:4