Jimmie Spheeris' followers swore up and down that he deserved to become as famous as Neil Youngor Jackson Browne -- and in a perfect world, he would have been much better known in the singer/songwriter field. But when his sensitive, contemplative debut album, Isle of View, first came out on Epic in 1971, it was hardly a big seller. Nonetheless, it did earn Spheeris a small but extremely devoted cult following, and it isn't hard to see why his followers thought so highly of him. Acoustic-oriented selections like "I Am the Mercury," "For Roach," and "The Nest" are superb -- when you aren't admiring Spheeris for being such an expressive, charismatic vocalist, you're loving his way with words.Spheeris' lyrics had a very poetic quality, and the more you listen to these songs, the more you get out of them. Anyone with a taste for introspective singer/songwriters would have a hard time not cherishingIsle of View. AMG.
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