Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
More a Legend Than a Band
Genres: Country, Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
More a legend than a band because, even though the Flatlanders included the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock, their 1972 album wasn't actually released on vinyl until 1980 and on CD until 1990. By t... more »
More a legend than a band because, even though the Flatlanders included the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock, their 1972 album wasn't actually released on vinyl until 1980 and on CD until 1990. By then, that trio of singer-songwriters had become solo stars. But this long-lost debut isn't just historically interesting. Gilmore songs here, such as "Dallas" and "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown," have become folk-country classics, and the old-time arrangements--often featuring little more than guitar, Dobro, and (on a few cuts) musical saw--are quite haunting, as are Gilmore's piercing lead vocals. --David Cantwell
Country music for those who hate country music
Dave Ihlenfeld (firstname.lastname@example.org | Columbia, Missouri | 09/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Flatlanders may be "more a legend than a band," but this album is a legacy that will always live on. The group uses a wide array of instruments and vocal techniques to create a sound that is both layered and elegently simple. "Dallas" may be one of the best country/folk songs ever recorded. Even if you don't like country music, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album. You will be won over."
Saw, too much
jryan777 | 07/26/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There's a lot of nice music on this album, and the two cuts everyone alludes to, Dallas & Tonite I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown, are really terrific. The musical saw is a huge detraction tho. It reminded me of Brian Wilson's use of the bicycle horn on Pet Sounds' You Still Believe In Me; it's a great touch, comes out of left field and adds dimension to the song, a great idea. That's how I felt about the saw when I heard it on "Dallas;" then, the band proceeded to use it again and again, and it got to be a drag. Brian knew how to be inventive and creative with this stuff without overdoing it (and I don't mean to belabor the Wilson connection here, cuz that connection is pretty tenuous here, obviously), but the Flatlanders wayyyy overdid the novelty instrumentation here."
My favorite country album
Dennis Wylie | Austin, Texas United States | 12/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up listening to Jimmie Dale Gilmore (and a few Joe Ely)albums, all of which I loved...but not as much as this album, which I did not hear until just about a year ago. This album has the best versions of "Dallas" and "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown," (which I would personally rate even higher than Dallas as a song); I especially like the musical saw -- it adds an eerie but very interesting dimension to the music. This album is definitely a classic."