This album, which came out a few years ago,is a critical and abiding piece of the remarkable Ian Tyson story and a testament to a unique talent who has produced some of the best music ever to come out of North America in the past 40 years. As many listeners know, Ian Tyson was part of the seminal Candian folk duo, Ian & Sylvia, who produced more than 10 albums of their startingly unqiue folk harmony sound for Vanguard in the 60's and 70's. When the couple parted ways and the folk era waned, Ian took some time off in Alberta and re-emerged with this album which launched a stunning new phase in his development as a cowboy and Western singer, producing numerous award winning albums since and many steadfast fans. The comments on this album are straight on the mark : this is honest, pure Western music unpolluted with the commercialism of Nashville and an eye for nature and musical imagery in the lyrics which hit the soul and stick there - "...And the sighing of the pines/ Up here near the timberline/Makes me wish I'd done things different/ but wishin' don't make it so " - how true can you get ? And there's a lot more rolling poetry like that, in songs about lost loves in the backrooms of roadstop cafes, the pain of working for summer wages, and wry comparisons between the life of the cowboy and the coyote. Ian & Sylvia's music lives on, timeless and unique ; Ian Tyson is an established genius in his own right as well. What a record. What a life, together and apart.