Airborne - Columbia 1976
With two experienced, former members of the Byrds (Gene Parsons and Skip Battin) and Burrito favorites like Gib Gilbeau, Pete Kleinow and Joel S. Hill the line-up is absolutely competent. The problem is primarily the lack of exciting new original songs and also a feeling that cover versions in more cases appear somewhat uninspired.
Most of the album could be called ”quite solid”, and a few individual songs do stand out positively. The country ballads "Waiting for Love to Begin", "Northbound Bus" and "Border Town" are all quite good but also rather predictable.
Most surprising track probably is a reggae-inspired version of "Quiet Man" - it actually works quite well.
Among the more rocking numbers Gilbeau's "Big Bayou" is clearly the best bid. An interesting guest appearance comes from Stevie Wonder, who contributes his own "She's a Sailor", which as a song is not very remarkable. The title caught my attension, however, as this also is the name of a new promising Danish group which has just had a nice hit with their song "Beautiful".