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Awake
John Wesley Harding
Awake
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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This remastered re-release of the 1998 CD by acerbic, articulate singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed practitioner of "gangsta folk" is bolstered by five bonus tracks, including a live acoustic duet with Bruce Springsteen...  more »

     
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All Artists: John Wesley Harding
Title: Awake
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Appleseed Records
Release Date: 1/23/2001
Album Type: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, New Wave & Post-Punk, Contemporary Folk, Adult Contemporary, Singer-Songwriters, Adult Alternative, Folk Rock
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 611587104021, 615493014160

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Album Description
This remastered re-release of the 1998 CD by acerbic, articulate singer-songwriter and self-proclaimed practitioner of "gangsta folk" is bolstered by five bonus tracks, including a live acoustic duet with Bruce Springsteen on the Boss?s "Wreck of the Highway." "Awake" boasts a higher-tech and more electronically-influenced sound than some of his earlier releases, but his songs remain as melodic and catchy as ever. Studio versions of concert favorites like "Window Seat," "Miss Fortune," "Burn," and "Something to Write Home About" are among the highlights, full of Harding?s trademark wordplay and wit. "I?m Staying Here (And I?m Not Buying a Gun") is a defiant declaration of pacifism by the transplanted Englishman, who had the misfortune of moving to Brooklyn from Seattle right around the time of the 9/11 World Trade Center attacks. The CD also has plenty of tender movements, including a quiet version of Springsteen?s "Jackson Cage" and the exhausted, troubled love songs "Sweat Blood Tears and Come" "Poor Heart," and the self-flagellating "It?s All My Fault." Although Harding performs on a wide array of instruments here, including guitars, percussion, synthesizer, and keyboards, he also receives sympathetic contributions from the ubiquitous Robert Lloyd (keyboards), alt.country solo artist Chuck Prophet (electric guitar), and the album?s co-producer, power-pop maven Chris von Sneidern (bass, backing vocals) and members of Seattle?s Young Fresh Fellows. Balancing sincerity and sarcasm is a Harding trademark well-showcased on "Awake: The New Edition." It?s great to have this CD back in circulation again.

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Justin K. (Cheerio) from CHARLESTOWN, MA
Reviewed on 6/16/2007...
Mine only had the 14 original tracks. But I enjoyed it quite well.

CD Reviews

One of Wes' best
M. O'Grady | Astoria, NY United States | 08/25/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The first 5 tracks plus live fave (and soon to be published book) Miss Fortune make this album a MUST HAVE for fans. Stands up with New Deal and Adam's Apple at the top of the list."
His best yet
Bt | Parts unknown | 11/13/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've always been more inclined to like Wes's "folkie" music. So it surprises me to say that this is his best release. A full blown effort of smart pop/rock, lovely ballads, and his trademark folk music. The new release; with the extra tracks, is a must buy. Some of the extra tracks like "Wooden Overcoat" and Springsteen's "Jackson Cage" are just two of the many highlights this spectacular disc."