The Handsome Ned set The Name is Ned, is a welcome introduction to a nearly forgotten Canadian singer/songwriter. When Handsome Ned died in 1987 at the age of 29, he left behind a wealth of recordings, from studio tracks to live recordings and radio appearances. The Name is Ned consists of a fairly even mix of originals and covers and an impressive array of guests. For listeners looking for a taste of the kind of raw and earnest performance Handsome Ned was capable of, the live recordings hold an edge over the more polished studio tracks. However, it's the original songs that display the depth of Handsome Ned's talent. Standout tracks include "Put the Blame on Me," "That'll Be the Love," "One Hundred Miles of Open Road," and "You'll Never See Midnight." The Name is Ned is a worthy reminder of a talented Canadian artist.
- All Music Guide (4-star review)
Handsome Ned CDs available now at the following Toronto Locations:
Monster Records, 664 Yonge St
Babel, 123 Ossington (N. of Queen)
She Said Boom, 393 Ronsesvalles & 372 College
Vortex. 2309 Yonge St. (at Eglinton)
Sonic Boom, 5165 Yonge St. (N. of Sheppard)
Rotate This, 620 Queen W.
Soundscapes, 572 College St.
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