We've had this cd for quite some time. I was so impressed with it that it was lent out to a possible sympathetic ear and only recently returned. Hearing it again, I thought this ten track cd from Sydneysider Peter Stein must have gained some attention from somewhere as it is of such high quality – from the songwriting to all the music contained. So I googled it. And find it was self-released in 2006 and can be purchased from Cd Baby.
From the bio: Bursting through the gritty streets of Sydney, Peter Stein is ready to share the tales of his world. Past 50 years of age, and with no signs of slowing down, this tunesmith has some tales to tell. If you resonate to the music of Woodie Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Daniel Lanois or Tom Waits then you'll like the earthiness and heartfelt music of this troubador.
Yep, you can hear Bob Dylan here – especially in the opening track 'Bitch Being Alone' with its stuck-inside-of-mobile shuffle. Also, in 'Get Ready' with both the melody and lyrics ("you may be a gambler, a womaniser or a thief") being something that Bob would possibly be proud of calling his own as it is such a beautiful song. The instrumental version that follows is stunning too, and works well on its own. Peter plays all the instruments on Songs of love and redemption except for the drums which are played by Tim Bradley.
My favourite is 'Party's Over' – a sad tale of such powerful imagery which reminded me of David Blue, a 'Dylanesque' singer from the early 70s. In fact, it is David Blue who Peter Stein reminds me of the most, especially the vocals. If he was from the USA we'd no doubt be seeing him do the roots and blues festival circuit here in Australia.
Calling Lucky Oceans! If you haven't been playing this guy's music on your Radio National show 'The Daily Planet' then get started. It's got all the right rootsy, bluesy, slidey stuff that Lucky likes. Ten out of ten. -ND