Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Desert Rose Band|
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock
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K. Fontenot | The Bayou State | 02/19/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
""A Dozen Roses: Greatest Hits" is one of the best "Greatest Hits" albums that I've ever listened to. Every song on here is a true charting hit, with the exception of the new releases that are on here. Even those songs, though, are great.
For a guy like me, who was in junior high in the late 80's, songs by The Desert Rose Band were really great to listen to. I'll be honest and say that I never really knew who Chris Hillman was until just a couple of years ago.
I initially purchased this CD for one song: "One Step Forward." None of the other songs were recognizable to me until I actually received the album. "Love Reunited" was a nice beginning to this disc. It, along with just about every other track on this album, was one of those "Hey, I didn't know THESE guys sang this!" I completely forgot about songs like "He's Back And I'm Blue" and "Summer Wind." As a matter of fact, I didn't realize how many of these songs were big hits until I heard them again, so many years after they were released.
I think the real shame here, however, is that you don't hear any of these songs on so-called country radio these days. Instead, it's cluttered with plastic country by guys like Tim McGraw, and pop wannabes like Martina McBride.
There are so many great songs on this disc that I highly recommend it. If you like California-tinged country, or groups like Restless Heart, you're sure to enjoy this disc. It is full of contemporary country hits that stay true to their roots.
I love this disc."
Forget the Eagles! Listen to Chris Hillman instead!
K. Fontenot | 01/11/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Chris Hillman was country-rock long before the Eagles. He may not be as well-known as Roger McGuinn or Gram Parsons, but he was there at the beginning, and deserves more credit than he gets.Hillman played bass for the Byrds, and wrote some of their country-ish songs. The rest is musical history. He left the Byrds with Gram to form the Flying Burrito Brothers; he helped form Manassas with Stephen Stills. The man is a little-known, under-appreciated legend.But, back to DRB. DRB consisted of, among others, Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen (who also played with Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Dillard & Clark, etc) and Jay Dee Maness, steel player extraordinaire. I own every single one of their albums and have played them to death. Their songs have a maturity and nuance that the cookie-cutter/mass-produced garbage coming from Nashville today can't even come close to, and a lot of them are also downright fun.Buy this disc, sit back, and enjoy. They just don't make 'em like this anymore."
This CD is required listening for true country music fans.
firstname.lastname@example.org | Portland, MI | 11/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For country music, a funny thing happened on the way to the '90s. Between the modern sounds of today's country offerings (Shania, Diamond Rio, Sawyer Brown) and the Kenny and Dolly era of the early '80s, there was a time when country really WASN'T cool. While Randy Travis is usually given credit (rightly so) for carrying the torch of traditional country music during these decidedly lean times, a little band called The Desert Rose Band was doing something just as important. Lead vocalist Chris Hillman and his bandmates continued the musical tradition started by the Eagles in the '70s and successfully melded country with rock and roll. This hybrid of musical styles is most apparent in their remake of John Hiatt's "She Don't Love Nobody" and also on "Summer Wind". The harmonies are tight throughout, as are the musicianship (check out the pedal steel on "Hello Trouble"), the songwriting, and the production by Paul Worley and Ed Seay. Chris Hillman displays one of the most soulful voices in any musical genre throughout this CD, shining especially brightly in "He's Back and I'm Blue" and "I Still Believe In You". A Dozen Roses is a triumph in modern country music. It is both catchy from beginning to end and musically accomplished, a rare gem. The Desert Rose Band helped to pave the way for today's country music stars at a time when country had all but disappeared. Do give this CD a listen and I think you'll agree that it is among the best out there. If you're listening, Chris Hillman and Co., thanks for the roses. Please send us some more."