Cardiff Rose

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Cardiff Rose
Album Cardiff Rose cover.jpg
Studio album by Roger McGuinn
Released May 1976
Recorded The Record Plant, Los Angeles
Genre Rock
Length 36:06
Label Columbia
Producer Mick Ronson
Roger McGuinn chronology
Roger McGuinn & Band
Cardiff Rose
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Robert Christgau B−[1]
Rolling Stone (favorable) link

Cardiff Rose is a solo studio album by American singer/songwriter and ex-The Byrds frontman Roger McGuinn, released in 1976. The album, produced by Mick Ronson, was recorded on the heels of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 tour, in which both McGuinn and Ronson had participated. The album includes a pirate tale "Jolly Roger", a song about King Arthur's "Round Table", and a classic version of Joni Mitchell's "Dreamland".

Stylistically, the album varies from traditional sounding folk and sea chanty music (such as the aforementioned "Jolly Roger") to hard, gritty rock tunes strongly influenced by the burgeoning punk rock movement (such as "Rock and Roll Time").

Track listing[edit]

All titles are written by Roger McGuinn and Jacques Levy except where otherwise noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Take Me Away" – 3:00
  2. "Jolly Roger" – 4:56
  3. "Rock and Roll Time" (McGuinn, Kris Kristofferson, Bobby Neuwirth) – 2:46
  4. "Friend" (McGuinn) – 2:07
  5. "Partners in Crime" – 4:52

Side two[edit]

  1. "Up to Me" (Bob Dylan) – 5:36
  2. "Round Table" – 4:05
  3. "Pretty Polly" (Traditional, arranged and adapted by McGuinn) – 3:17
  4. "Dreamland" (Joni Mitchell) – 5:20

Bonus tracks on CD reissue[edit]

  1. "Soul Love" (demo recording)
  2. "Dreamland" (live)



  1. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Roger McGuinn". Robert Christgau.