Great Speckled Bird (album)

Great Speckled Bird is a country rock album by Great Speckled Bird, a band formed in 1969 by Canadian musicians Ian and Sylvia Tyson. The other group members at the time of recording were Buddy Cage, on pedal steel guitar, Amos Garrett, on guitar and backup vocals, and N.D. Smart, on drums. Nashville session musicians David Briggs and Norbert Putnam sat in, with Briggs on piano and Putnam on bass guitar.[3][4][5] Although founding member Ken Kalmusky is listed in the original liner notes, he had actually departed the group prior to recording.[3]

Great Speckled Bird
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1969[1]
Belmont Studios, Nashville, TN
GenreCountry rock
LabelAmpex A-10103
ProducerTodd Rundgren
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone(not rated) link
The Village VoiceC+[2]

The album is notable for being the first album to be produced by Todd Rundgren.

Track listingEdit

  1. "Love What You're Doing Child" (Ian Tyson) – 3:39
  2. "Calgary" (Ian Tyson, Sylvia Tyson) – 3:03
  3. "Trucker's Cafe" (Ian Tyson) – 3:22
  4. "Long Long Time to Get Old" (Ian Tyson) – 3:07
  5. "Flies in the Bottle" (Ian Tyson) – 3:47
  6. "Bloodshot Beholder" (Ian Tyson) – 2:58
  7. "Crazy Arms" (Chuck Seals, Ralph Mooney) – 2:54
  8. "This Dream" (Ian Tyson) – 3:40
  9. "Smiling Wine" (Sylvia Tyson) – 3:11
  10. "Rio Grande" (Ian Tyson, Amos Garrett) – 3:51
  11. "Disappearing Woman" (Sylvia Tyson) – 2:10
  12. "We Sail" (Sylvia Tyson) – 4:37




  1. ^ "Ian and Sylvia - Discography". Quartette. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 April 1970). "Consumer Guide (9)". The Village Voice. Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  3. ^ a b c J. Einarson, I. Tyson, S. Tyson. 2011. page 227.
  4. ^ a b c Richie Unterberger. Great Speckled Bird liner notes. 2006-10-10. retrieved 2010-03-17.
  5. ^ a b The Cool Groove. Great Speckled Bird. 2008. retrieved 2011-09-13.