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Eat at Joe's
Blue Rags
Eat at Joe's
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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When this North Carolina quintet went into the studio to make their gloriously rambunctious 1997 debut Rag-N-Roll, they were enthusiastic youngsters who knew nothing about the studio process. The result was an irresistible...  more »

      
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All Artists: Blue Rags
Title: Eat at Joe's
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sub Pop
Original Release Date: 5/4/1999
Release Date: 5/4/1999
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Americana, Indie & Lo-Fi
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 098787045529

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When this North Carolina quintet went into the studio to make their gloriously rambunctious 1997 debut Rag-N-Roll, they were enthusiastic youngsters who knew nothing about the studio process. The result was an irresistible, rollicking blend of ragtime, old-time, blues, and bluegrass delivered with reckless abandon. Unfortunately, much of that loose and wild spontaneity is lost on this 1999 follow-up. Whereas Rag-N-Roll mixed in a variety of supercharged covers (ranging from Leadbelly to Professor Longhair to Jelly Roll Morton) with delightfully offhanded originals, Eat at Joe's contains 12 originals, mostly clichéd reflections about the road, the girl, and "the biz." (The one cover is a blistering but "hidden" version of Jimmy Martin's "Freeborn Man," ironically the record's most compelling cut.) The record does grow on you with repeated listens, but then again, the beauty of Rag-N-Roll was its immediacy--its ability to grab hold of you from the get-go. The Rags deserve credit for trying to mature and develop their sound and their songwriting, but in doing so, they've played away from their strengths. --Marc Greilsamer

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Good on its own, but different from first
zoealexandra@usa.net , Zoe Perry | Kentucky | 06/19/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"While "Eat at Joe's" stands on its own as an excellent album, those fans of "Rag-N-Roll" may be in for a surprise. "Eat at Joe's" is markedly slower in tempo and when I first listened to it I found myself skipping from song to song trying to find a tune that matches "Sister Kate" or "Be My Salty Dog." Also, the amazing piano of Jake Hollifield is not showcased at all on this release as it was on the first. This album is almost entirely original material for the Blue Rags, whereas "Rag-N-Roll" featured arrangements of classic, old songs. The only cover comes in the form of a secret song after the last track. "Eat at Joe's" definitely has more of a clean, perfected, studio sound. It doesn't sound like sub-pop let the guys go loose in a room and record it live. While I like the laid-back, country feel of this album, I miss the "get up and dance" ragtime sound of "Rag-N-Roll.""