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GLENN BULTHUIS & THE TONEDEAFS

Greatest Hits, 1977-2007

2008-05-18

Bulthuis is a multi-talented singer-songwriter who has played in the G.R. area for 30 years now, and this collection gathers some of his most requested songs. He moves back and forth between a James Taylor folkie (e.g. "L.A. Girls/Michigan Girls," "At the Dance" and "Nights in the Dorms") to tongue-in-cheek rocker ("Calvin Girl," "Cruizin' Down the Beltline" and "Pickin' up Chicks"). Highly-regarded local guitarist (and owner of Rainbow Music) Pete Bardolph ably assists throughout and Stuart Poltrock (owner of Soundpost Studios) plays keyboards and helps on the production. For good measure (and entertaining listening), there's a Russ' Restaurant commercial (#2), a bluegrass ode to G.R. (#4), a goofy "Dutch" take on the blues (#12) and gospel numbers (#7 and #14). Bulthuis refers to Calvin College situations and locations in #1, #5 and #9 (listen to the Beatlesque closing on #1). 05/08 MJVD R-Pop (mostly, #3, #6, #7, #10 and #14 are more folk and #12 is blues).

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