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Tom Russell
Tom Russell
Tom Russell
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
 
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One of Tom Russell's talents as a songwriter is writing about everyday people and situations with an eye for little details: the gypsy with `love' and `hate' tattooed on her fists" in "The Road To Bayamon"; or the workers ...  more »

      
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All Artists: Tom Russell
Title: Tom Russell
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Philo Records
Release Date: 2/22/1994
Genres: Country, Folk, Pop
Styles: Traditional Folk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 011671111629, 011671111612, 011671111643

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One of Tom Russell's talents as a songwriter is writing about everyday people and situations with an eye for little details: the gypsy with `love' and `hate' tattooed on her fists" in "The Road To Bayamon"; or the workers of "U.S. Steel" "sharin' one last meal, sauerkraut and kielbasa, a dozen beers or more" before their mill closes its doors for the final time. Merle Haggard writes songs both about and for the working man (and don't get me wrong, I love Haggard); while Tom Russell's characters may live in the blue collar world, his songwriting is far more literary than Haggard's. Tom can write about tragic real life events with sympathy and understanding and turn out a captivating song. Highly recommended." --Decibel Dennis MacDonald, The Record Roundup

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Probably his best
Miko | New York | 11/17/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"All of Tom's albums are quite good, so it's difficult to choose one to call his most essential. I always, however, keep coming back to this one. The quality of the songwriting is unparalleled, as are the arrangements and playing. The thing that sets this one apart is probably what one would refer to as the amount of "classic" songs. A lot of the essential TR material is right here on this disc, and it is a great place to start if you haven't heard of him yet. Mezcal, William Faulkner, Road To Bayamon...wow.Not enough can be said about US Steel, undoubtedly his finest work lyrically, and that rumbling Johnny Cashian arrangement-goosebumps! The details (he makes you feel like you are looking at that closed down plant with him) and powerful imagery sum up everything that a TR song is all about.I remember seeing TR at Matty T's (in NY ) shortly after this disc was released, and asked him why it was so hard to find his stuff in the stores. He suggested I "call Rounder every day to complain, I do." He didn't stay with them for very long, but thank god that this album still exists. Don't pass up this oppurtunity, buy it now!"