Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Lost Gonzo Band|
Genres: Country, Blues, Pop, Rock
Honest, intelligent, country tinged good time music.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"One of the reasons I still have a record player is so that I can listen to the Lost Gonzo's "Signs of Life" record. They're best known for writing the theme song for Austin City Limits (London Homesick Blues). This CD contains songs from their 1st 2 records and, while, in my opionion, "Signs of Life" is their masterpiece, any Gonzo is good Gonzo. Songs like "Why Don't We Write a Song" show the honesty and insight that make this band so unique. If you like California Country like the Eagles, this is them without the big city attitude and with great musicianship. A great band in a long line of great bands to come out of Texas, and I'm from New York."
Great songs, lousy packaging
Larry W. Smith | 09/02/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This pulls together the LGB's best LPs -- Thrills and their eponymous debut. The songs are great, tho' mysteriously a couple of songs from the debut album are missing. But, a big-time raspberry to Edsel on the packaging -- particularly the lame liner notes. Seems like an interview with some of the band's principals might have solved some on the mysteries pondered in the notes -- like where are they now, who was M.D.Shafter , etc. Oh well, don't hold it against the Gonzos 'cuz this reissue label doesn't know what it's doing. Get this one today!"
The roots of Cosmic Country
Larry W. Smith | Moulton, AL USA | 07/12/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Is it Blues? Is it Jazz? Is It Rock? Is it Country or Texas Swing? And say, doesn't that sound like something the Beatles did? This Gonzo music is part of the roots of what became known as Cosmic Country. The Lost Gonzo band were masters at creating their own sound, and Dead Armadillos, a re-release of their first two albums is a great introduction. I was lucky enough to be in Texas, and frequently in Austin, during the mid 1970s. There was a lot of good music there and it was infused with a sense of energy, excitment, enthusiasm, and fun that is unparalleled. The music on Dead Armadillos reflects that spirit. Also highly recommended is the Lost Gonzo Band's third album "Signs of Life", which I don't believe has been released on CD. It contains the Gonzo's signature song "London Homesick Blues" (I wanna go home to the Armadillo) which became the theme song for the PBS TV series Austin City Limits."