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Dead Man Shake [CD]

Grandpaboy, Paul Westerberg Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Fat Possum
  • ASIN: B0000CD5G4
  • 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: 318,348 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

2. Do Right In Your Eyes
3. Vampires & Failures
4. No Matter What You Say
5. Take Out Some Insurance
6. Cleaning House
7. Natural Mean Lover
8. Get a Move On
9. Bad Boy Blues
10. Souvenirs
11. I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry
12. O.D. Blues
13. Dead Man Shake
14. What Kind If Fool Am I?

Product Description

(2003 'Fat Possum') (46:37/14) Rockabilly, Country Boogies, Blues and Rock. Personnel? Unknown.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a fine album from a fine artist 7 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Paul Westerberg was born to sing the blues, his voice was made for it, the proof is on this record. top stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected great 10 Sep 2006
Format:Audio CD
When I heard this album the first few times, I wanted to take it back or somehow trade it for the other one released at the same time - Come Feel Me Tremble - (again should have been a double album like 'Stereo' and 'Mono', both great but greater together)but couldn't. Later I was glad of that. 'OD Blues' is one of Paul Westerberg's greatest songs. The glamour of rock 'n roll young suicide, Kurt Cobain et al peeled back to reveal something squalid, with amazing lines like "my son caught me at a quarter past three, made me fight and heave my guts out" and "it took four calls to bring me round" then the one who did it "didn't have nothing to say at all." MPLS (Mineapolis) swings like a celebration. Vampires and Failures has a successful excursion into the experimental with his atonal guitar. No Matter What You Say is a blues guitar work out, Westerberg giving it his all. Cleaning House is another great unattractive/attractive lyric Dead Man Shake pounds us into the ground with melodic repetition. And then there's impassioned covers I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry and What Kind of Fool Am I. This album is NOT throwaway, he means it and gives us 14 songs worth. Since the excellent Suicaine Gratification and piercing songs like Bookmark and Sunrise Always Listens and Wonderful Lie he's been back on track, but every album has been different to every other. This is the unjustly underrated one. Thank you Paul, what's next?!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good old blues from the maestro 30 Nov 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What can be said about Paul Westerberg and his equally brilliant alter-ego Grandpaboy that has not already been said? He is a legend, probably the most gifted and under-appreciated songwriter and musician of his generation. This is good old blues from the maestro
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4.0 out of 5 stars Low-tech, rough-edged, and a hoot. 3 Sep 2004
By JoeS - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you like early Replacements more than their later stuff, or if you like the Stones more than the Beatles, or if you like unpretentious barroom blues/rock, you'll like this.

No, it's not a landmark disc, and it's not going to change the world. It is what it is: A few guys plugging in, letting loose, and having a good time. That said, it DOES sound like it was recorded in someone's basement.

Some albums have all the life and cajones produced right out of 'em with Phil-Spector like walls of sound. This ain't one of 'em.

ps: Note that one of the earlier reviewers -- a gentleman who gave this album one star -- had this to say: "i understand he is a member of the replacements?? the other band members in the replacements should consider replacing paul." 'Nuff said.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best Westerberg solo album yet? 22 Oct 2003
By D. Mauer - Published on
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It's impressive that Westerberg's Come Feel Me Tremeble and the Grandpaboy album Dead Man Shake (which is also Paul Westerberg) have come out on the same day. For people like me that believe Paul is a fine songwriter, that's good news. Still, it seems his love of the "first take" has led to more than a few half-cooked songs over the past couple of years. I guess it's understandable when you remember how overproduced and over-labored upon records like Dont Tell A Soul and Suicaine Gratification were. Those songs often seemed to have the air sucked out of them, and probably suffered frm over-production, and way too many takes and overdubs...
Now, left to his own devices and two indie labels - Fat Possum & Vaugrant - Paul seems to be making records by himself and in his basement, which leads to a homey sloppiness. I dont mind that. The looseness of the Replacements and of some of their contemporaries (Husker Du, Soul Asylum) and their influences (Faces, Stones, NY Dolls) was one of their strongest attributes.
There are some wonderful songs here - but the tone of Come Feel Me Tremble feels too similar to the Mono/Stereo albums to me. Dead Man Shake by Paul's Grandpaboy persona seems just different enough to make it a more interesting album. Perhaps having the framework of setting out to make a (kind of) blues album for a (kind of) blues record label gave him enough structure to make something a little more different than we would have otherwise. And being different, it's also more interesting. And much as I dig Paul's take on the Jackson Browne song "These Days" on CFMT, the covers here by Hank Williams and John Prine on Dead Man Shake are, again, better.
While the music industry just collpases in on itself, it's good to know that Paul Westerberg is oblivious to it all, just cranking out songs from somewhere in Minnesota, not giving a damn about fashion or what's cool or that downloads are killing the business. More power to him for it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun and Messy 21 Sep 2004
By The MacGuffin - Published on
Format:Audio CD
This is Paul at his loosest. Having fun with blues based rock. Not the best album he can do, but a good album to throw on while drinking at night. Enjoyable, but my hair doesn't stand on end like it can when Westerberg is at his peak. For an example of that, go listen to "Come Feel Me Tremble", released at the same time as this (or "Stereo/Mono" which is even better).
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raw and rambunctious, Granpaboy throws down in MPLS 23 Feb 2004
By Brett Lemke - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Known to the rest of the world (and especially the Midwest) as Paul Westerberg, Grandpaboy turns up the amps and cranks out his interpretation of the Mississippi hill country. He's sloppy and stripped down, singing with a slight southern drawl and a harp player that sounds dead drunk. "MPLS" is a happily inebriated rockabilly/blues tribute to the twin cities, while "Vampires and Failures" explores newer independent rock and illustrates the nightlife commonly attributed to the area; it also features a droning siren in the background as Westerberg sings over his guitar. "Dead Man Shake" is an album full of blues and country songs that truly define Grandpaboy as a cutting-edge Midwestern blues artist that is somewhere between country and rock, but still stuck in a Minneapolis fog. His incredibly eccentric and heartfelt sound is at home with Fat Possum Records and will hopefully give Westerberg the chance to spread his wings as a bluesman and a musician.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars odd, growly, funny, driving 12 July 2005
By MIESZKO - Published on
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A very vry good blues album - an urban version of Mississippi hill country blues - and Westerberg carries it off pretty well. Listen to it at 1 a.m. with a cold beer in hand.
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