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Moving Up Country [CD]

James Yorkston, James Yorkston And the Athletes Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (24 Jun 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Domino Records
  • ASIN: B000065TQA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,466 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. In Your Hands 3:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. St. Patrick 5:290.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sweet Jesus 4:480.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Tender To The Blues 4:190.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Moving Up Country 5:340.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Cheating The Game 3:440.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. I Spy Dogs 4:230.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. 6:30 Is Just Way Too Early 5:040.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Patience Song 5:060.69  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Know My Love 7:190.69  Buy MP3 

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Scottish folk troubadour James Yorkston might not quite smell like the latest underground hero, but his debut album, Moving Up Country, is a quietly stunning testament to the enduring creativity of a musical form many thought long dead and buried. Newly signed to Domino Records, Yorkston claims no knowledge of label mainstays like Bonnie 'Prince' Billy and Smog--but his music contains definite parallels, demonstrating an individuality of voice, an experimental urge, and a dry humour that so many traditional singer-songwriters lack. Meanwhile, his backing band, The Athletes, fill in his countryside tales with flourishes of twanged banjo, screeching harmonica, and whirring Wurlitzer organs. "St. Patrick" could almost be a long-lost Nick Drake rarity, deftly balancing its wistful lyrical edge with a blossoming musical beauty. Meanwhile, at the other end of the spectrum, the fast-paced "I Spy Dogs" find Yorkston romping through a bawdy, half-cut tale of bar-room trouble-making. As it happens, the only disappointment here is the omission of "The Lang Toun", the fantastic nine-minute epic that preceded the release of Moving Up Country, and still sounds like Yorkston's defining moment to date. Still, an impressive debut, and a worthy addition to the Domino roster.--Louis Pattison

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A grower 20 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those mellow evenings when you're maybe feeling a little down, or a little knackered - this is the ideal calmer. Laid-back, alt-country that isn't quite morose but certainly not upbeat - in some ways almost jazz-like. The album is worth buying if only for the majestic and melodic Tender To The Blues. Wonderful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two scoops of accoustic loveliness. 21 Jan 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you're reading this, do yourself a favour and buy this record. James' delicate and intricate accoustic guitar and vocal arrangements are set off by the various and varied backing instruments and harmonies of the athletes.
Tender and St Patrick are my favourite tracks, tho everyone's a little gem.
At turns haunting, at others rousing, with a homegrown feel to it - this is how music should be. And he's a Fifer too! Gaun the neeburs!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars alt.country from the auld country 11 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is a remarkable record. It's not, perhaps, a great one, and certainly not a dynamic one, but it runs so strongly counter to the grain of popular music this side of the Atlantic and does it so confidently and skilfully that it makes you shake your head in wonder when you first hear it.
To a wheezy, burbling backing (The Athletes? Someone's having a laugh, then.), Yorkston half-sings, half-murmurs a collection of lost-love and fading-memory stories, sounding like a companionable stranger in a dark, warm bar in Winter. The songs are playful but melancholy, and Yorkston's golden ear for a melody makes them instantly sound like you've heard them played in the background all your life. If that makes this CD sound like comfort food, then that's just perfect - the whole thing is full of whispery low-key charm and likeability, and there cannot be anyone on earth it would offend.
It sounds a bit like Will Oldham, as almost every review says it does, but it sound much more like the quiet parts of a Sparklehorse album - Good Morning Spider especially. Moving Up Country doesn't have the musical and emotional range of Mark Linkus' record, but almost nothing does, and Yorkston's album at least has absolutely no low spots: the first track is lovely, the last track is beautiful, and all the others fall somewhere in between.
How can that be a bad thing?
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moving Up Country 9 Aug 2002
Format:Audio CD
As the hype behind a new acoustic movement gathers pace and anyone who picks up a non-electric guitar finds themselves dubbed a folk singer, the emergence of Edinburgh based James Yorkston is something of a relief.
Yorkston's music is for the most part downbeat and melancholic, but given a sweeping beauty by the combination of pianos, guitars, strings and percussion. Recorded in a remote cottage in the Scottish borders, the liberty from the standard studio approach is evident in the album's freewheeling spirit.
Yorkston himself spins his tales of loving and losing in a languid, casual manner - at times reminiscent of the lo-fi US rock bands that we normally associate with Domino. Throughout, though, his range of influences make their presence subtlety felt - a touch of Americana here, a spot of Irish romanticism there, a lot of English singers from Nick Drake to Anne Briggs. Moving Up Country is an absolutely fine way by which to introduce this exciting talent.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Vinyl Pressing - Neu 'do' Folk side 4 17 May 2012
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
Hopefully you all know this beautiful folky, droney, scottish flavoured country tinged classic and the many excellent (although not quite so entrancing) albums made since this debut.
If you don't know it and you like any of the following - Will Oldham, Bill Callahan, John Wesley era Dylan, Richard Thompson, Talk Talk's last 2 LP's, any English Folk music, Diamond Mine etc etc - I guarantee you will adore this.
The main reason for the new review by me though is the beautiful piece of art that is the double vinyl release - a stream of thoughts - super heavy vinyl, super heavy gatefold card, sleeves with excellent photos and inserts, very very crackle and pop free pressing, warmer than a peat fire on winters night sound - and of course the best side 4 I have heard for a long time - Neu 'do' English Folk finale's - "I know your love" and the "Lang Toun" - Oh my word. Well worth the money.
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