Mark Newman – Must Be A Pony
CD Review by Paul Walrus

7/2010
 
           
 

 

 

Before the Bee Gees became “THE BEE GEES” they were a really good Beatles sounding band whose first hit was “New York Mining Disaster, 1941.” As terrific as the original version is, Mark Newman’s folk-rock acoustic version on his debut CD demonstrates what a true masterpiece that tune is. In addition to the haunting performance, the mere selection – out of not only all the Bee Gee’s tunes, but 60’s rock in general – indicates the great ear this artist has.

“Must Be A Pony” is not a collection of covers, but I’ll admit I’d purchase a collection of Newman just doing covers in a heartbeat. This is an amazing debut CD from a stylish singer-songwriter who plays slide guitar, lead, rhythm, lap steel and more. He has a sweet rawness to his voice that to my ear is resistant of Dave Mason.

In addition to the cover tune this CD contains 14 textured compositions, all new stuff that brings one back to the classic rock years of the 70’s. If this CD was released back then it would have been on Warner Brothers or A&M; it would have had four or five hit singles and gone triple platinum. Different era; today the CD is available at iTunes, Rhapsody, CD Baby, Amazon and all the usual spots. Sample “Love Won’t Ever Pass This Way Again.” It’s a powerful Pete Townshend-type ballad that would have fit real fine on “Quadrophenia.”

Like the Bee Gee’s once sang, these are only “words and words are all I have….” This music must be heard. One listen and you’ll be hooked.

For more info go to: www.marknewman.us

   
           
     
Track listing
1.

Dead Man's Shoes

2.

What She Does To Me

3.

Must Be A Pony

4.

Hard In The Rain

5.

Mean Season

6.

New York Mining Disaster, 1941

7.

Little One

8.

God For Sale

9.
Mambo Dancing
10.
So, So Cynical
11.
A Love In Vain
12.
Wanda
13.
Goin' Underground
14.
Love Won't Ever Pass This Way Again