Ask Ian & Sylvia how they feel about their new album, and you’ll get two starkly different opinions.
While the singers in the long-separated folk couple still get along, they don’t always see eye to eye when it comes to their music. That includes their opposing views on “Ian & Sylvia: The Lost Tapes,” a newly discovered collection of concert recordings of the duo in their prime in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
“I’m a little underwhelmed with those tapes, to be honest with you,” Ian Tyson, 85, confesses in a phone call from his ranch in Longview, Alta.
“They seemed kind of lacking a certain energy level, I think, but maybe that’s the era they’re from… We’re so far away from that approach to commercial music, after all these years, it’s hard for me to really… get my head around it.”