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Ashgrove [CD]

Dave Alvin Audio CD
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The rules Dave Alvin has followed throughout his 24 years as a solo artist were discarded during the creation of his 11th album, "Eleven Eleven."

For the first time in his career he wrote songs while touring and recorded during breaks on his tours in 2010 with the Guilty Women. He used musicians he had not recorded with since his days in the Blasters, and for the first time ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Alvin Store

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  • Audio CD (11 Nov 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Yep Roc
  • ASIN: B00028HOEA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Ashgrove 6:150.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Rio Grande 4:250.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Nine Volt Heart 4:570.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Out Of Control 6:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Everett Ruess 4:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sinful Daughter 4:280.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Man In The Bed 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Somewhere In Time 5:540.89  Buy MP3 

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This really is a beautiful album. A meditative Dave Alvin . He's one of only a few American musicians who can equally perfect deliver their own interpretations of the various musical idioms. An album full of melancholy, simpel and ... beautiful. DAVE ALVIN - gtrs/voc, GREG LEISZ - gtrs, BOB GLAUB - bass, DON HEFFINGTON - drums.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great American Songwriter 29 Dec 2005
Format:Audio CD
Dave Alvin writes evocative and intriguing short stories in song form - in same vein as Bruce Springsteen (and for that matter Woody Guthrie) except with a west coast sensibility. With this album he comes of age with consistently excellent crafted songs that remain fresh after repeated listening - this CD will take up a residency on your player! Dave Alvin is a melodically gifted songsmith and an accomplished electric guitar slinger, well respected amongst his peers, and worthy of far greater public aclaim. Buy this album and try get to one of his incendiary live shows with The Guilty Men if you can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin - Independent Review 16 Aug 2004
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Format:Audio CD
Read about this album in The Independent. Had never heard of Dave Alvin but the review suggested that this was a must hear. It was. If you like blues, if you like country, you'll like Ashgrove. It'll make you laugh, cry in equal measure. He's not the world's greatest singer, nor the west's greatest guitar man, but it's a five star album. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great album from Dave Alvin 14 May 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Another great album from Dave Alvin,a very good pressing and recording at an excellent price.Varied songs and as always great guitar playing with help from pedal & slide guitar maestro Greg Leisz..
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uneven but Contains a Number of Classic Songs 27 July 2004
By John Standiford - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I've been a big Dave Alvin fan for awhile and continue to think that he is one of America's best songwriters and he's an excellent live performer too.

The new Ashgrove CD contains some of his best writing but it's hard to get into a groove when listening to this CD because the song styles shift rather abruptly. This is an outgrowth of what many of us like about Dave Alvin. He is a great electric rock and roller but he is also a thoughtful acoustic songwriter. In the past, his CD's have focused on one or the other. For example, his live Continental Club CD is a rock and roll CD while Blackjack David was more of an acoustic CD.

Ashgrove tries to be both and it succeeds for the most part. In Nine Volt Heart and Everett Ruess, Alvin has written two incredible folk classics that I will never tire of hearing. The song, The Man in the Bed is another acoustic winner. In between these songs are more rocking songs like Out of Control and the title track that show off Dave's electric blues guitar prowess. It just seems that the shifts are so abrupt that it's hard to listen through it from beginning to end. I guess it's the perfect CD for the IPOD generation where you can take the songs you like and listen to them in the order in which they make sense.

In any case, Dave should be congratulated for writing more great songs, and if you get the chance, see him live. His touring band is comprised of different people than on this CD and they are great musicians for the road just as the studio team led by Greg Liesz did a great job in backing Dave for this CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Distant Lights of People Down Below 4 Dec 2004
By Steve Dossey - Published on
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I just saw Dave Alvin perform many of the songs off this CD (a pitiful Santa Fe turn out). When I played the CD, it wasn't up to his live performance. Yet as I listened to it more, I grew to appreciate the textures portrayed of working class lives like the folk music of old set in the modern world. Dave Alvin plays great rock guitar and his voice holds up well as a seasoned troubador. My favorite is "Out of Control" a song filled with darkness, a 9mm pistol, an ex wife in a trailor turned to God but still willing to get it on, and "baby" performing for some chump in a cheap motel...Then there is "The Man In The Bed Isn't Me" a great song about old age and dying....You believe these songs..there is nothing phoney about them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ashgrove Is The Real Thing 8 Aug 2005
By David Sandino - Published on
Format:Audio CD
In a music world gone astray with false musicians and American Idols, it is comforting to know that the real thing exists. Dave Alvin is the real thing. Mr. Alvin inhabits the exclusive group of gifted American singer-songwriter guitarists, which include the likes of Springsteen, Dylan, and Cash, who tell stories about this big country and its ordinary folks in songs the radio mostly seems to miss.

To be sure, the radio does miss Dave Alvin's material. And we are shortchanged because of it. Mr. Alvin has a deep, resonant voice mellowed by perhaps a few too many cigarettes, is a virtuoso guitarist, and has a wonderful pen for music and lyrics. Mr. Alvin generally delivers excellent CDs ("Public Domain" won a Grammy) and "Ashrgrove" is no exception.

"Ashgrove" is really two CDs in one with its ten cuts shifting back and forth in song style between blues-rock and country-folk. I like both sounds on the CD, but I find the country-folk songs particularly strong musically and lyrically.

In "Rio Grande" Mr. Alvin tells the story of the restless pursuit of a lost love, which, for those that have experienced it know, rolls endlessly like a river to the sea. "Nine Volt Heart" is wonderful song about family life built on the potency of music on the radio. Maybe this is Mr. Alvin gentle reminder that music does matter and can make a difference in the quality of life.

"The Man In The Bed" contemplates the inevitability of growing old from the view of a man whose body fails, but whose mind remains sharp. He thus becomes trapped in his body, trying to convince everyone, including himself, that the person in the bed is an imposter. In "Somewhere In Time," Mr. Alvin muses about the interrelation between thoughts, time and true love and seemingly transforms them into a physical law of nature: even if disconnected for the present moment, they will all reunite at some other instant.

The title track describes the time when American music was polished in live clubs. Ashgrove is a burned down blues club that Mr. Alvin tries to revisit. By bringing us back to Ashgrove, Mr. Alvin also perhaps tries to resurrect music to point that it really does matter. This is an appropriate trip for Mr. Alvin to lead, because his music does matter in this excellent CD.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roots rock at it's finest 23 July 2004
By V. J Signorotti - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If Dave Alvin is not the best kept secret in the world of contemporary music, tell me who is? This fine work is simply another example of his sterling talent. His live performances are legendary and this latest offering provides a taste of his diversity and artistry. From blues rockers to moving ballads, Dave Alvin creates musical masterpieces that validates his position as one of America's finest singer-songwriters.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another solid effort from Alvin 5 Oct 2004
By G. Thorn - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Ashgrove finds Dave Alvin reconnecting with his bluesy side--a side that almost always finds its way into his live performances but has been heard to a lesser degree in his previous few albums. I prefer his acoustic singer/songwriter mode, so for me Ashgrove as a whole doesn't rank among Alvin's finest work. That's not to say that there aren't very strong moments here: "Rio Grande," "Everett Ruess" and "The Man in the Bed" are all splendid. That said, the disc has more glaring weaknesses than Alvin's previous efforts. "9-Volt Heart" ventures into mawkish territory, Alvin's thug narrator in "Out of Control" fails to convince, and "Somewhere in Time" closes the disc on a somewhat leaden note. But Alvin's strengths as a performer and songwriter more than compensate, and overall Ashgrove maintains the high expectations Alvin has set with his previous efforts.
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