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Cheating At Solitaire

Mike Ness Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kung Fu
  • ASIN: B00006JXYI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 541,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Cheating at solitaire,well where do I start! The album is a brilliant display of Mike Ness's talents. If you love Social Distortion, then you'll here all of Mike's influences in this one CD. All of the tracks stand out as pure masterpieces. They range from rockability to the punk rock as displayed in the brilliant Social Distortion. The standout track for me is hard to decide, but if I had to chose it would be 'Charmed life'. It moody, down and dirty. If you love this album then feel free to get any Social Distortion album, and here where their roots are at. Otherwise then get a hold of Mike Ness's other album called 'Under The Influences'. Pure unrestricted music!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 19 April 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This album is brilliant. I had heard a couple of tracks before I bought the CD, and the rest of the songs lived up to my expectations.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you've read the 35+ other reviews... 22 Aug 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...then you have a pretty good idea of how multitalented Mike Ness is. Cheating at Solitaire completely blew me away the first time I heard it, and every SD fan should have a listen. The album contains incredible covers of some classic songs: for instance, there's the sing-along-because-you-can't-help-yourself cover of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice"--you can almost feel Ness shrug his shoulders when he sings, "You just kinda wasted my precious time"; there is also a chilling cover of "Long Black Veil"--the recurring drumroll alone made me shiver at the man singing from the grave. Ness' original songs are of course amazing. It didn't take long for "Cheating at Solitaire" to play over and over in my mind because, as with most Ness-penned SD songs, you really believe the lyrics. In a move of utter brilliance, Ness teams up with Springsteen for "Misery Loves Company"--their voices go together well, and I can't think of two singers more suited for a song about learning from experience and looking beneath the cover of "happiness." All in all, what makes this album so compelling, for me, is not so much Ness' exciting combination of rockabilly, punk, country, and even a saxophone, but the power of his voice: I don't know anything about Ness personally, but I believe every word when he sings "when I'm in [my car] I feel like a man" and "we're not punished for our sins, but by them." This album is the absolute best album I have bought in a really, really long time. Period.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars because of mike ness, i love steel guitar 25 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
mike ness has so completely absorbed johnny cash and hank williams that he is actually extending their music instead of copying it.
the covers are first rate. "cheating at solitaire", "if you leave before me", "rest of our lives", and "dope fiend blues" are achingly impressive original songs.
"ballad of a lonely man" is just plain astounding.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grows on you. 19 Nov 1999
By beverlyblvd@earthlink.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My son (age 15) heard that Mr. Ness was an extremely decent singer/songwriter and this cowpunkbilly release was worth having a listen. He bought it on vacation this summer at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (! ) in Cleveland. It hasn't come out of his player since than. And I, as a second hand listener, have come under the spell. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Holy Shiznit! 14 July 2004
By "indierockjunkie" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled onto "Under the Influences" and thought that was a great album. Not only does "Cheating" top that album, it blows it away. Don't Think Twice is phenominal, especially when compared to Peter, Paul, and Mary's- how can that be the same song Dylan wrote? Rest of our Lives, Ballad of a Lonely Man- I'll just have to stop there because to name all the great songs would be just typing out the track listing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great listening for anyone who likes REAL music 12 Mar 2002
By Bill Allison - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Having been a longtime Social D fan, it's surprising that I'm just now getting around to checking out Mike's solo stuff. I bought "Cheating at Solitaire" without hearing a track. I knew it had to be great though. From the opening lick of the "Ghost Riders in the Sky"-esque "the Devil In Miss Jones", I knew I had found a keeper. Ya know, I've said this before about other Social D albums, but the biggest thing to set them aside from most of the poseurs who are passing off as punk-rock these days (aside from Mike's singing) is sheer life-experience. He's actually lived through everything that he's singing about and that all comes through in his voice. This guy has done so much living in his forty-years that he will most likely NEVER run out of material as long as he stays around.
While "Cheating at Solitaire" may be slightly different from other Social D albums, it must be kept in mind that this is NOT the new Social D album. Yeah, there are some similarities, and of course, Mike's singing, but this is a whole different batch of tunes that have a delibertately more country/rockabilly feel, while still keeping that punk-sensibility, including the use of steel-guitars and even a sax hither and yonder. I, for one, absolutely love this record and I believe that anyone with an open mind will love it as well. Even if you do not like country-western (and I'm talking REAL country, not pop-country) this could open up some new doors for you and may encourage you to dig a little deeper and discover the likes of Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, and Merle Haggard. Those guys actually lived the outlaw life that they were singing about as well. Mike is basically the next generation of what country music SHOULD have evolved into. I'm off to pick up "Under the Influence".
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