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A Friend Of A Friend [CD]

Dave Rawlings Machine Audio CD
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A Friend of a Friend is the first record by Dave Rawlings, the guitarist, producer, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with Gillian Welch and Old Crow Medicine Show. These long time compatriots join Rawlings on this record beside newer friends Benmont Tench from the Heartbreakers, Karl Himmel, and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes. The notion of recording as Dave Rawlings Machine began ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Rawlings Machine Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: ADA Global
  • ASIN: B002QF31QC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Ruby (Album Version) 4:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. To Be Young [Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High] (Album Version) 3:480.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Hear Them All (Album Version) 2:270.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Method Acting / Cortez The Killer (Album Version)10:20Album Only
Listen  5. Sweet Tooth (Album Version) 5:200.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. How's About You (Album Version) 3:540.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's Too Easy (Album Version) 3:080.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Monkey And The Engineer (Album Version) 3:380.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Bells Of Harlem (Album Version) 4:070.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

(2009/ACONY) 9 tracks (44:41)Medium 1
  1. Ruby
  2. To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)
  3. I Hear Them All
  4. Method Acting/Cortez The Killer
  5. Sweet Tooth
  6. How's About You
  7. It's Too Easy
  8. Monkey And The Engineer
  9. Bells Of Harlem

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is long overdue. David Rawlings has for many years been the partner of the great Gillian Welch and her secret weapon. He has had the grace to stand in the background as Welch's career has taken off despite the fact they are essentially a duo and that Rawlings writes great songs. Watch both on You Tube doing a majestic version of "Time the revelator". Every note counts and it is a pure melody stripped of all excess. You must hear it. As it stands neither Welch nor Rawlings is complaining at there current arrangement with the sheer beauty of the music showcasing two of the greatest musicians and songwriters in contemporary American music. That Rawlings has now produced a solo album albeit with a band of red hot backing musicians (the machine )is interesting because in effect Welsh sings on nearly every song here and what we have is a formal reversal of roles. Rawlings of course has considerable pedigree in his own right. This is a man who writes songs with Welch, Ryan Adams and the Old Medicine Crow Show and is a brilliant musician to boot assisting Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes on a number of recordings. I was genuinely excited at the prospect of "A friend of a Friend" and it does not disappoint.

The word "class" is over used but that's what this is. "Ruby" draws on that giant of country rock Gram Parsons and is a brilliant opener. It's followed by the great Rawlings/Ryan Adams song which opens the latters masterpiece "Heartbreaker" namely "To be young (is to be sad is to be high"). Adams version starts off with a jokey conversation with Rawlings about a Morrissey song. This version however is much more of a country hoedown but with none of the bittersweet lyrics lost of the song diluted. An excellent start.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Album 29 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
I read a few of the reviews for this album before I recieved it in the post, so I was prepared for the worst. It may not be a classic and I wasn't expecting cover versions from such an accomplished songwriter,but it certainly isn't middle of the road, the stand out tracks for me are "Monkey & the engineer" "Sweet tooth" & "It's too easy".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential not realized 25 Jan 2010
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I enjoy Rawling's guitar playing particularly with Gillian Welch where they produced classic albums such as Hell among the Yearlings which have a raw edge to them. This album is too homely , too hillbilly. I think the move to working with the Old Crow Medicine Show has not been the right one. I prefer the T Bone Burnett produced albums. A pleasant enough album but not a classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Def not disappointed 18 Oct 2010
By Java
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I heard tracks off this album on Bob Harris programme on Radio 2 and interviews with DR and GW. I have not been disappointed now that I have heard the whole album. Yes the first and last tracks are the strongest but the whole album has what you want - good lyrics, melody, musicianship, harmonies, tunes etc. I have played it several times and each time it gets better. Have also recommended to friends who have enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good 3 Sep 2012
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I bought this album on the strength of the track,`Ruby,` which I had heard on the radio a couple of times, and on the strength of knowing Dave Rawlings` pedigree - particularly in association with Gillian Welch. I have only listened to the album a couple of times, but I am still to be really impressed with the tracks (apart from `Ruby`) It may well grow on me with a few more listens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely a grower! 15 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
I can understand some of the other reviews suggesting this album is underwhelming - it starts that way then seems to get stronger and stronger with each listen. I played a few tracks this morning after seeing the band last night in Leeds (with Old Crow Medicine Show too!)and can't help but hear the soul, the genius and talent. I love it now. If you have enjoyed any of the Gillian Welch albums this is a worthwhile treat to add to your collection.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A little underwhelming 2 Mar 2010
By Franimi
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Well, sadly, I have to call this a disappointment. Having discovered Mr Rawlings as an inspired henchman with Gillian Welch, Ryan Adams, and Conor Oberst, I was very taken with his haunting, spare guitar style and his subtle harmonies, so when I saw that he had released this it was straight on my want-list. Unfortunately, he seems to have left inspiration and, it has to be said, chance taking at home instead of taking them to the studio. There are far too many predictable, singalong country ditties that lack distinction or likeability. Ruby, the opener, is very good, and his version of his and Ryan Adams's To Be Young is fine but we've heard it on Heartbreaker. Method Acting/Cortez the Killer is wonderful, but they're the only ones I have time for. Too much toe-tapping and not anywhere near enough spine-tingling. A wasted opportunity.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Old recording! 2 Feb 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Saw The Dave Rawlings Machine live recently on 8 gig tour (Nov 2013) with John Paul Jones etc. and was brilliant. Old recording available is ok but not up to gigs of 2013. Would buy if there is recording of this tour!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a great album
i purchased this album last month. it has never been off my player . if you like county music with a touch of bluegrass
buy this album.
Published on 1 Aug 2011 by J. Campbell
1.0 out of 5 stars what a shame
I am a huge fan of the welch - rawlings axis and like others was VERY excited at the prospect of a rawlings fronted compilation. Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by bertthescribe
5.0 out of 5 stars It just feels good
This record from the great musician Dave Rawlings deserves 5 stars. I'm just gonna try to help out those who are hesitating whether they should get it or not. Read more
Published on 10 Aug 2010 by Dave McClaine
4.0 out of 5 stars god machine
This album, not unlike Gillian Welch albums, doesn't sound like much at first. But then short melodies start playing themselves in your head, and you keep going back to Rawlings'... Read more
Published on 28 April 2010 by klai
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Rawlings Friend of a Friend
This guy simply has music flowing through his veins, his guitar talks and always has something interesting to say.
Published on 4 April 2010 by Mr. Duncan Cunningham
2.0 out of 5 stars More than a little underwhelming
Unfortunately I go along with the other disappointed reviewers. Because of the connection with Gillian Welch (Time the Revelator is one of my favourite records) I was expecting a... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by J. Macdonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album with a nice twist on the Gillian Welch sound
Dave Rawlings is not by himself on this album but it does allow him to show off his very good voice. The guitar work is still as skilled and tracks are so easy to listen to
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Love Live Music
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