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Israel Nash's Rain Plans [VINYL]

Israel Nash Gripka Vinyl
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As a native of Missouri, Israel Nash Gripka grew up slap bang in the heartland of America. Ever restless, Israel was somehow destined to take the well travelled road to New York City where his songwriting skills were properly put to the test. In 2011 he released Barn Doors and Concrete Floors. The album was recorded live in an old barn in upstate New York and was an ode to Israel's ... Read more in Amazon's Israel Nash Gripka Store

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  • Vinyl (30 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B00E9BPNU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,838 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Woman At The Well
2. Through The Door
3. Just Like Water
4. Who In Time
5. Myer Canyon
6. Rain Plans
7. Iron Of The Mountain
8. Mansions
9. Rexanimarum

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Israel Nashs Rain Plans was inspired by Israel Nash Gripka's new home outside Austin, deep in Texas hill country. The young songwriter has fully embraced the meandering hills and endless skies of his Texas home, where you can find yourself so isolated that it is not uncommon for your path to be crossed by a tumbleweed or to hear the percussive warning of an agitated rattlesnake. There is an uneasiness that goes alongside the visual thrill of living in the untainted Lone Star hills and Rain Plans is a testament to the overwhelming grandeur of nature and our place in it. These songs are about finding solace in family and the fear of the future - knowing what you ll never know and the uncertainty that comes with that knowledge. At times melancholy celebrations and at other times raw guitar rock, Israels new surroundings have helped him create a tone only hinted at in his previous work and a songwriting sophistication that comes with great time and effort. Rain Plans is new territory for Israel Nash Gripka, both literally and figuratively, as well as an expression of his finding a strange sort of direction in the fragility of existence.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Future Classic 7 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can only echo the sentiments of previous reviewers. (incidentally - all very well composed reviews). I too pre-ordered the album and received it 36 hours before seeing them perform in Nottingham. I have waited until now to post this review to avoid making a hasty judgement. I have listened to little else in the past week and it still sounds fresh, meaningful and most importantly enjoyable. Because the music and production are so removed from Barn Doors it made me a bit wary. This unease soon faded away as I came to appreciate the quality of the composition and despite previous carping about the band the musicianship on show. Music does not need to be complex to be enjoyed. The production has been mentioned by other reviewers and to be fair is very reminiscent of early 70's "Americana". Despite this tightly packed sound there is enough separation in the mix to pick out each component. My only gripe is that the vocals are a bit deep in the mix anud aren't as accessible as on Barn Doors. I also believe the album to have no weak links and my current pick is Mansion. The band are currently touring Europe but only have 3 dates left in England. Catch them if you can. Next time they won't be playing to 170 people in the back of a pub. Mind you the selfish side of me won't mind if they do!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE REAL DEAL 5 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
A mix of West Coast harmonies & country rock with very much an early 70s hippy flavor would I suppose be an apt description of the content of this the third studio release by Israel Nash and his band. In many ways this is a natural progression from his last album (Barn Doors) although this new release is a little more laid back in its feel. If you are a fan of Neil Young you cannot miss the influence throughout and this is no bad thing. This is probably most noticeable on the second track 'Through The Door'. Each and every track on this release is excellent with no fillers resulting in an album which is consistent in its quality from start to finish.(No mean feat for any album). If I was forced to choose a favorite I would have to at this point in time pick the title track (Rain Plans). I have just returned from seeing Israel Nash and his band performing live at the Real Music Club in Belfast and have been blown away by an excellent performance. As would be expected this album was heavily featured in his set list. Should you get the opportunity to see him live I would urge you to do so.

If you are a fan of Neil Young, The Rolling Stones during their late 60s early 70s heyday, or Crosby Stills & Nash, then Israel Nash should tick all your boxes so to speak. A good song writer with a tight backing band producing first rate classic country rock. What more does anyone need?
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5.0 out of 5 stars This one's a grower... 4 Oct 2013
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When I first heard this record, I thought what the hell direction has Israel taken, it's dreary and murky in comparison to his two previous records, it's definitely not as easily accessibly.


Like many things in life perseverance reaps its rewards.It's a bold move from Israel to move into this new direction. The sounds are much more layered and multiplied, the vocals much deeper in the mix.

The tone of the record is very much in tune with itself, indeed this is an album to be listened to in its entirety rather than a collection of songs. Israel and his band are painting landscapes with their sounds.

This is quite a stunning piece of music, hats of to Israel for having the courage of his convictions and skill to pull this off. Once you get it, it'll blow you away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Real deal 5 Oct 2013
By chipper
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Been a fan since the excellent 'Barn Doors' cd and having just seen him and band 'live' recently ING is the real deal. This album takes him in a different direction somewhat, is multi- layered with a Neil Young/ West coast country rock feel throughout. It takes a couple of listens but is a real grower. The final track on the album is so damn good! Lets hope this proves to be his breakthrough CD, he is pure class. A must for all fans of country rock.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant no question 3 Oct 2013
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This is another excellent album from the underrated Israel Nash Gripka.
Here it comes. Drums and base to the fore with sometimes muted vocals back in the mix
along with a wide wash of guitar from Eric Swanson (on pedal steel) and the even more
underrated Joey McLellan. Just lie back and let the whole thing wash over you although
the sound may be a bit dense at times for some people. Shades of late sixties psychedelia,
the Verve at their best and echoes of west-coast rock are all in there.
And to think that this album celebrates Israel's roots back in the
central plains of Missouri. A wonderful journey right enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the wait. 6 Oct 2013
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What a fantastic album, after his last two cd's I have been sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for his latest instalment and boy have I not been disappointed. This is by far and away his best work to date, listened to the title track on his website the other week and it totally blew me away, over 7 minutes of pure bliss. Pre ordered the cd on amazon and havn't listened to anything else since. Keep up the great work Isreal, one day you will be a big name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC 18 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
What can I say... Brilliant , Fantastic , BEST ALBUM OF 2013?
Well ....
Its a hark back to better musical days. Sounds a little like Neil Young "Yuma" Mixed with "Harvest" Mixed with Crosby Stills and Nash. But its not a dated sound, its not a copy its a new sound . THEIR SOUND.
The band are best live. If you like their albums go see them live because they are 100 times better. I'm not putting the album down at all but like most GREAT bands they sound their best live.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds like Neil Young
A classic rock album - will appeal to afficionados of the 70s. His voice is very similar to Neil Young's.
Published 1 month ago by Bobcat
4.0 out of 5 stars terrific songs, but highly derivative
This is the first album I have bought by this artist, and it is a difficult one for me to review as I'm a sucker for harmonies and strong tunes that hark back to the late 60s to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by BrynG
5.0 out of 5 stars With every turn it gets better
A summer has ended. Autumn is arriving. It’s an excellent time for taking a hike into the forrest. Tree leeves are changing their colors. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Koos
5.0 out of 5 stars trippy
Rain Plains is a sprawling tripping work that filters it's way into your consciousness like summer sunshine through ray-bans. Read more
Published 5 months ago by silent soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I bought this on a whim after hearing Myer Canyon on a Classic Rock CD. I didn't think the rest of the album would be as good as that song and I was right but not in the way I... Read more
Published 5 months ago by stuart noble
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing Neil Young never wrote
Simply blinding. Fabulous song writing and playing. Up there with John Murry's - Graceless Age. Not a slow burner, instant classic. BUY!
Published 6 months ago by Mr. T. E. Tompkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Another scorcher!
Great album. I agree with another reviewer, that not all of the songs leap out at first - I thought Bon Iver's first was bland at first listen! Read more
Published 8 months ago by Patrick Sykes
3.0 out of 5 stars The best laid plans...
Time for a little bit of perspective amid all the glowing 5-star reviews.

For very much the same reason that Midlake's "The Courage of Others" proved a less enthralling... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Leonardo27
5.0 out of 5 stars More like Neil Young than Neil Young.
Israel is obviously a huge fan of Neil and this entire album is a homage to Young in his 70s pomp; even the voice is eerily familiar. So why not? Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year!
I listened to snippets of this album, prior to release, on Amazon, which really helps, just loved it. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Christo's
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