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Chris Hillman

Like a Hurricane

(Sugar Hill)

Though he may not be a household name, Chris Hillman has cut a wide swath across the rock and roll landscape. As a founding member of the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers, he was a crucial figure in the development of both jangle pop and country rock, genres that made R.E.M. and the Eagles multi-millionaires. Like a Hurricane is something of a Hillman career retrospective, touching on the various phases of his career. His bluegrass roots are most evident on “Angel’s Cry,” an Appalachian-style ballad. “Sooner or Later” is straight-ahead country rock. Then there’s my favorite track on the album, Hillman’s version of the Searchers’ classic “When You Walk In The Room,” a brilliant country spin on Merseyside pop.

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