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This is a signed CD with Gen's original acoustic music. Let me know to what name you want me to sign it. You can preview the songs at itunes. Search for Gen Obata.

Gen Obata - Guitar and Lead Vocals
Bob Breidenbach - Dobro
Fred Gumaer - Drums
Greg Ray - Fiddle
Janice Rieman - Cello
Marc Rennard - Fiddle
Lydia Ruffin - Vocals
Jeff Suits - Bass, Vocals
Rob Woerther and Stan Piekarski - Percussion

All Songs Written and Produced by Gen Obata
Recorded and Mastered by Stan Piekarski
Copyright(c)2001 Gen Obata All Rights Reserved

A review from Rambles:

The standard of writing on these self-produced albums never fails to amaze. It is the blessing and the curse of modern technology that these fine songwriters can produce CDs of their work, but without exposure they will not get proper recognition or reward.

Gen Obata is completely new to me and with little information accompanying the CD I will judge it completely on the content. In general it is a very country-folk sounding album with a mixture of tracks.

The title track, "Better Off On the Run," is a very good story song with a sad tale of a person who feels that life has little to offer -- "I ran away before I could walk." Meanwhile, the final track has a sort of crime drama tale to tell. "The Burning Game" is a story straight out of the television movie world, which I will not explain too much as, like all mystery stories, finding the dénouement is best left to the listener.

In between there are some very good country-style songs. There are tales of infidelity, lost love and longing. "I Want You Still" is one of these with some clever lyrics and a catchy tune.

Once again, the songs are worthy of a wider audience and with proper airplay could make the writer/singer/producer a well-known name.

[ by Nicky Rossiter ]
Rambles: 15 September 2001

Better Off On The Run CD

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: guitar, dobro, drums, fiddle, cello, bass, percussion, vocals, cd, paper, jewel case, pen, ink
  • Feedback: 114 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from United States