Lyle, John - Hard Cover Virgins

Format: LP
Label: Cactus Records (no number)
Year: 1978
Origin: Surrey, British Columbia
Genre: folk, psych
Value of Original Title: $100.00
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Release Type: Albums
Websites:  No
Playlist: British Columbia, 1970's, Canadian Folk


Side 1

Track Name
Blood River (Lyle & Macpherson)
Life Is a Breeze (Lyle & Murray)
Blue Pictures (Lyle)
My Addled Essence (Lyle)
Water Works (Lyle)
My Cold Is Gone (Lyle)

Side 2

Track Name
Native Son of the First Cause (Lyle)
Wonderin' (Lyle)
Gunfight at the Occult Corral (Lyle)
The Plot Widens (Lyle)
The Woo Woo Into Town (Lyle)
Don't String Up the Throwback (Turn Him Loose in Ontario) (Lyle)
Close Your Eyes (Lyle & Murray)



John Lyle - Hard Cover Virgins


Hard Cover Virgins


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The note scribbled upon the shrink wrap of the album that was perched upon my typewriter when I walked in one morning a few weeks ago said, ‘How about a review for my record?’ and it was signed John Lyle.

Seems like a reasonable request. We do that kind of thing all the time at the (Georgia) Straight, don’t you know? I don’t know much about John Lyle except that he recorded this album all by himself with the help of a few friends and is handling the distribution and promotion independently. The lp’s called ‘Hard Cover Virgins’ (get the pun?) and the amateurish cover art warns that Lyle ‘makes the Sex Pistols sound like music.’

The equally haphazard back cover has the lyrics printed for you perusal and they hint at the irreverence of the man-he’s at once a cornball and an overwhelmingly self-conscious cynic. The songs have promise but the inconsistency of this budget production ruins a few good ideas or at least does not show off Lyle’s strong songs to their best advantage. There’s a lot of lame humour and aggravating asides thrown in that might have seemed like a good idea at the time but barely hold up after the first listening, never mind a second.

Having said that, I’d like to point out that with a little more thought this could be a really pleasant album to listen to. It has a nice folksiness and enough original wit to give Lyle’s songs-which are in a middle of the road folk/country/pop vein-some character. Likewise John Lyle has a fine voice with fairly distinctive phrasing. But the in jokes and other bits just clutter the lp. ‘Life Is A Breese’ might make a solid MOR single.
Tom Harrison Georgia Straight, 1978
"I may have over-reacted." - Tom Harrison email to John Lyle, 2007

John Lyle: guitar, vocals, and tambourine
John Murray (Papa Bear's Medicine Show, The Poppy Family): guitar, bass
Derek Stephenson: bass
Brian Hilton: drums, piano, anvil
Gary MacPhearson: guitar, vocals
Duane Ford: piano

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