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Great Divide [Import]

Tommy Shaw Audio CD
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Tommy Shaw – The Great Divide

“The Great Divide is a story of love and life; of happiness and hope; of loss and discovery. It’s the story of a journey that spans generations, and is ultimately about trying to find your way home. And I’m as proud of this story as any I’ve ever told.”

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  • Audio CD (22 Mar 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Pazzo Music
  • ASIN: B004LSJCI8
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. The Next Right Thing 3:040.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Back In Your Kitchen 3:020.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sawmill 2:270.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Great Divide 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Shadows In the Moonlight 3:100.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Get On the One 2:080.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Umpteen Miles 3:160.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cavalry 2:340.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Afraid to Love 2:580.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Give 'em Hell Harry 4:350.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I'll Be Comin' Home 2:560.89  Buy MP3 


Product Description

(2011/PAZZO) 11 tracks (33:31) ecopac. The Bluegrass Debut From A Rock & Roll Icon. Featuring performances by Alison Krauss, Dwight Yoakam, Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush a.o.Medium 1
  1. The Next Right Thing
  2. Back In Your Kitchen
  3. Sawmill
  4. The Great Divide
  5. Shadows In The Moonlight
  6. Get On The One
  7. Umpteen Miles
  8. Cavalry
  9. Afraid To Love
  10. Give 'Em Hell Harry
  11. I'll Be Comin' Home

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tommy Shaw's great return 6 Jun 2011
By Hans
Format:Audio CD
Why a new Styx lookalike album? Tommy Shaw has made a wonderful bluegrass album, perfectly played, assisted bij great musicians. Fantastic songs.
I am really a Styx fan as well, but I think it is better to create a whole new album with new and fresh songs and even a new style than to try hard to sound like Styx; without any succes. And he is right. I didn't know he liked bluegrass, but it looks like he has been playing it for years. So Tommy Shaw shows guts and made one of the best albums in 2011 so far.
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2.0 out of 5 stars OK 25 July 2011
By oktc
Format:Audio CD
Not really into this, love everything tommy shaw has done over the years both with styx and solo stuff, but bluegrass is not my fave. Best reviewed by a bluegrass fan who could give a more baised review. Tommy Shaw should return to the great 'ambition', 'what if' or more AOR stuff which he excells.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not typical of Tommy Shaw 9 April 2011
By Yeti
Format:Audio CD
I have bought this for my dad and we played it earlier. We are both massive fans of Tommy Shaw and Styx but what a disappointment this cd is. He has gone down the Country and Western route, a style both me and my dad hate. What a waste of money.
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23 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very nice surprise. 26 Mar 2011
By J. HARMON - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Anyone who has ever examined the entire catalog of Tommy Shaw's recorded career (STYX, solo, DAMN YANKEES, Shaw*Blades, etc.) would recognize that among his many strengths (remarkable vocals, brilliant guitar and amazing song structure) is his diversity.

The pint sized rocker with the gigantic sound came from the deep south of Montgomery, Alabama and made it to the big show in the Windy City of Chicago, Illinois. He has since made his mark in the Big Apple before settling down once and for all in Los Angeles.

Growing up listening to The Grand Ole Oprey to writing songs for Ozzy Ozborne, Tommy has recorded his own tracks with incredible fluidity incorporating sounds from Heavy Metal to gospel, from progressive rock to country, including elements of folk on to the blues, and just about everything in between.

So for any fans of Tommy's (especially those who favored the Shaw*Blades album HALLUCINATION) would never be more than mildly surprised that Tommy would one day record an album of "Blue Grass music."

Blue Grass is one of my less favorite styles (more palletable than hip/hop, which beats rap and industrial rock), so I held my trepidations for this recording.

I was surprised, not by the notion of Tommy recording such an album but by the quality of the album recorded.

Tommy never strays far from his natural voice (no over-wrought southern twang drenched in nasal tones) no overly-clever hokey lyrics. The album is really just a down-home country album. In fact, the album is quite reminiscent of the Shaw*Blades debut.

The lead song on the album could easily fit on his brilliant albums WHAT IF and 7 DEADLY ZENS. The title track and AFRAID OF LOVE could also nestle in among the tracks of those two records and not draw undo attention.

Most of the remaining tracks are intelligent, soulful and simply fantastic. As with every Tommy Shaw album there is always a song of average or above average quality but as with every previous solo album the entirety is just mind-blowing.

The songs SAWMILL, SHADOWS IN THE MOONLIGHT and UMPTEEN MILES are true 1950's country music written with the lyricism of true country life with genuine country musical simplicity. Which might be why this album is regarded as Blue Grass rather than Country... because modern day country is nothing more than hillbilly wannabe pop drivel.

The biggest criticism of mine is that for some reason Tommy gave away most of the best guitar work to others, when he has proved beyond a shadow of the doubt that he himself is among the most talented of string pickers in rock and roll. While Clapton, Hendrix, Schon or Satriani might be brilliant technicians with their distinctive tones... but the greatest guitarists (Don Felder, David Gilmour, Terry Kath) are the ones who can pick up and play almost any guitar type (six-string, twelve-string, dobro, pedal steel, banjo, sitar, etc.) and make beautiful harmony with each and every one.

Considering his dobro guitar work on the DAMN YANKEES blues tunes MYSTIFIED and DOUBLE COYOTE and his mandolin work on STYX' BOAT ON THE RIVER and his own HALF A MIND (the precursor to Tommy recording a country album) I am just saddened that my musical hero gave away the solos and leads to other, lesser guitarists.

The album is chock full of brilliant songs, some mind-blowing in their structure, subject and performances... THE GREAT DIVIDE is a country album from a down home country boy. Anyone who knows the career of Tommy Shaw would not be surprised. 'Bama boy goes home. THE GREAT DIVIDE would make the ghosts of The Grand Ole Opry (Ernest Tubb, Hank Snow, Kitty Wells, and others) proud. Tommy proves that roots music isn't dead... its just been buried under the crushing weight of modern day fluff.

Tommy Shaw... THE GREAT DIVIDE, the album that bridges the gap between 2011 and 1970. Thank you Tommy Shaw for expanding your artistry and stretching out beyond the parameters of past glory. This album is wonderful for all listeners, country or rock and roll.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Different, but real 2 April 2011
By Larry Walker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was really surprized to hear that Tommy Shaw was putting out a bluegrass album. Reluctant to purchase it, but love it. Tommy Shaw has the voice and talent to perform any type of music. I really like the title track, Shadows in the Moonlight, and I'll Be Coming Home. The whole album is great, but those three songs really stand out.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different but good! 31 May 2011
By MJDenn910 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The Great Divide is a good solo cd from Tommy Shaw. People looking for "7 Deadly Zens" part 2 need not read any further. This is more like Shaw-Blades "My Hallucination" gone bluegrass. It is classified as bluegrass, but to me it seems like a "mainstream-ized" style of bluegrass. A lot like Alison Krauss, who coincidentaly is on the album. I can appreciate Tommy letting musicians whose focus is bluegrass have the solos on most of the tracks, but I would have appreciated hearing him play more mandolin and maybe trading solos on a couple of songs. Overall it is a good effort, but I don't think it is his best.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dont kow what to say... 22 Jan 2013
By Phillip L. Keup - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have been a Huge Tommy Shaw fan and have had almost all of his solo stuff since he left Styx. He is one of the best lyricists out there who is able to create great poetry and put it to good flowing music without it seeming to be forced. Andall of his work has a great message that most guys especially can relate to in one way or another. This is the same way but its an entirely different genre of tunes. He has gone into the country relm and i felt like I was on front porch in the Apalachians listening to some tunes while uncle jethro works on the still. Not what i expected but still enjoyable.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Divide= Great Music 10 Dec 2011
By Shawn L Pearson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am an unabashed Styx fanatic, and own everything they have ever published. Still... Bluegrass? It made me remember why Boat on the River is an International hit, while barely being recognized outside of a Styx concert. Almost 25 years ago, I found myself sitting in an underground club in Ankara, Turkey when the DJ (via my interpreter) asked if there was anything I would like to hear from my country. I blushed as I said that my favorite group was one they certainly never heard of... Styx. Everyone listening immediately perked up and I was told that Boat on the River was a number one hit there and still very popular. After listening to Great Divide, I found myself reflecting on that night and realized that I shouldn't have been suprised. I purchased the Album and CD. Upon receiving them, I immediately put the album on. I had one of those moments where it seemed that no time had elapsed, while at the same time feeling like I had been deeply engrossed for a long time when it came time to turn the album over. After finishing, I had a whole new respect for Tommy. WOW! What a moving experience. I had been expecting a jangling, foot stomping hardcore Bluegrass affair, and got a tight melodic and more mainstream country experience instead... and I LOVED it. I carefully placed the album back in it's cover and took out the CD, then called my wife, and 10 year old son into the room and made them sit down and listen. They both enjoyed it a great deal, even if they were a bit irritated I didn't just wait until the next day's road trip to play it for them.

In a nutshell: The album sounds incredible, and the CD doesn't stray from the warmth of that experience. If you are a Tommy Shaw fan, a Country fan, or of course, a Bluegrass fan, I cannot imagine that a single track on this album will disappoint.
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