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English translation: I already knew Robert Rex Waller Jr from the Californian country rock band I See Hawks in L.A. where he is usually just called Rob Waller, but for his solo albums he prefers to go all out. See the Big Man Cry is special because it mainly contains covers, and covers that I wouldn't quite expect from the lead singer of an adventurous, humorous country rock band.

For example, here you will find The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore, the Walker Brothers classic, but in a slightly less worn version, but surprisingly just as good in a different way. But also a real tearjerker by Gene Pitney, and Tougher Than the Rest by Bruce Springsteen, and to my personal great joy also Gypsy Rider by Gene Clark.
The album was produced by Carla Olson, who also occasionally sings and plays. From the Hawks, Paul Lacques and Paul Marshall participate, and the band also consists of John York (The Byrds, Doug Sahm), Benjamin Lecourt (The Wallflowers), Skip Edwards (Dave Alvin, Dwight Yoakam), Stephen McCarthy (The Long Ryders). , The Jayhawks), Mike Clinco, Matt Von Roderick and Kaitlin Wolfberg. pedal steel player JD Walters adds his special sound, and the harmony vocals come from Gia Ciambotti (Lucinda Williams, Bruce Springsteen) and Gregg Sutton (Joe Cocker, BarryGoldberg) and of course Carla Olson.

Surprising album, with a number of classics and a new song by Waller himself, who has completely controlled everything. Great band, beautiful arrangements, special album!