Rolling Stone - 2/7/913.5 Stars
- Very Good - "..McGuinn's twelve-string shimmers throughout "Back From Rio" like sunlight on the ocean...old fans will be happy to have a latter-day approximation of a Byrds album.."
Entertainment Weekly - 1/18/91
"..pleasant, middle-aged folk rock that's meant to re-create the legend of rock's 'golden era'.." - Rating: B
Q - 3/913 Stars
- Good - "..a reminder of what has always been great about McGuinn."
Musician - 4/91
"..what makes this album work isn't McGuinn's past so much as his presence--the way his voice wraps around the chorus to 'Suddenly Blue', or the shimmering guitar break in King Of The Hill'."
Stereo Review (4/91) - Performance "Reminiscent" / Recording "Very good" - "..It isn't easy for a rocker to age well, but McGuinn may have figured out how to do it."
Audio Magazine (3/91) - Sound A- / Performance A
Record Collector (magazine) - p.863 stars out of 5
-- "The Petty co-write 'King Of The Hill' is a harmony-laden rumination on the hollowness of celebrity that reads like a detached overview of McGuinn's own past..."
Personnel: Roger McGuinn (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals); Chris Hillman, David Crosby, Tom Petty (vocals, background vocals); John Jorgenson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, sitar, saxophone, bass guitar); Michael Thompson (guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Mike Campbell (guitar, electric guitar, slide guitar, steel guitar); Michael Penn (acoustic guitar, 12-string guitar, background vocals); David Cole (acoustic guitar, piano, synthesizer, percussion); Dan Higgins (saxophone); Benmont Tench (organ, keyboards); George Hawkins (bass guitar); Stan Lynch (drums, percussion); Steven Soles, Timothy B. Schmit, Elvis Costello (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: David Cole; Roger McGuinn.
Recording information: Capitol Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA.
Photographer: Max Aguilera-Hellweg.
Arranger: Tom Petty.
McGuinn can trade off his influential work with the Byrds until he chooses to retire. He is a legendary figure and commands our respect. Finding a record deal for his newer songs took quite a while as he was without a contract for many years. This was a credible return, reminding us his distinctive sound was truly original. The chiming Rickenbacker is strongly featured, and on "Car Phone" he even teases with a spluttering burst of the phenomenal "Eight Miles High" guitar solo. Elsewhere he sings Elvis Costello ("You Bowed Down") and Jules Shear ("If We Never Meet Again"). For a man who had every right to be tired, this was an energetic return.