The Early Years is a seminal album and the keystone of the Gregory Page Hovelian discography. This genre-bending album foreshadows the treasure trove of his ever-evolving songbook. “The Last Train” with its creative allusion to “La Vie en Rose” later recorded on the album, Beautiful, is one example of how The Early Years is the epicenter of this artist’s work. Like picking a favorite child, it is hard to choose a favorite from this endearing anthology. Songs like “Thought You Were Brilliant”, a duet between Page Hovelian and Steve Poltz will make you laugh. Songs like “Drowning In A River” will make you cry. Characters like Martha, Rosealee, Cyrus and Harry intrigue the listener as Page Hovelian breathes life into their stories. “My Revelation” is an epiphany that stands alone in the pantheon of great songs. It is a significant contribution not only to this album but to music repertoire.