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My Favorite Picture Of You

Guy Clark Audio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone
  • ASIN: B00BYM5I1O
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,050 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Cornmeal Waltz
2. My Favorite Picture Of You
3. Hell Bent On A Heartache
4. El Coyote
5. Heroes
6. Rain In Durango
7. Good Advice
8. The Death Of Sis Draper
9. Waltzing Fool
10. The High Price Of Inspiration
11. I'll Show Me

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'My Favorite Picture Of You', the first studio album in four years from legendary songwriter Guy Clark. As one of the most revered songwriters of his generation, Clark embodies the term "songwriter's songwriter." The simplicity of the recording shines brightly while capturing Clark's beautifully understated and road worn vocals. Clark co-wrote 10 of the 11 tracks on 'My Favorite Picture Of You' and dug very deep for each performance on this truly inspired collection. The album's heartfelt title track was written for Susanna Clark, Guy's wife of 40 years, and a successful songwriter in her own right, who passed away in 2012. If a picture says a thousand words, then the cover photo declares an entire life. The cover depicts Clark, slightly blurred in the background, holding up an old photo of his beloved from the 1970's. According to Clark, Susanna walked in and found he and friend, the late Townes Van Zandt drunk, again. She stormed out of the house, which is when the Polaroid was taken. The song is a loving tribute that melts your heart while making you smile. As a master songwriter, Guy Clark has always made us smile by infusing his wry wit into thoughtful storytelling.

Review

ages like a fine red burgundy - No Depression


when it comes to exploring humanity s quirks, the old renegade has few equals - Acoustic


oozes class..another almost epic collection... - fRoots


Guy keeps it straightforward for his latest set allowing his gifts as a songsmith to shine - Guitar and Bass


wise and bittersweet -its one to savour - Guitarist


this is one mighty fine song collection - Maverick *****


Clark is over 70 these days but he s never over the hill - Mojo ****


"Deeply personal return for the seasoned Texan..the quality of his songwriting remains resolutely firm"

--Uncut (Americana Album of the Month)

"..his weathered vocals are framed by lovely waltzes and understated folk arrangements to prove that this particular veteran has still got it" -- The Sun * * * *


"Proof that young rebels turn into elder staetesman" -- Neil Spencer, The Observer


"...his Writing is as distinctive as ever"

--Robin Denselow The Guardian ****

"Clark isn't as widely know as he deserves, but even his friend Townes Van Zandt, bowed to the now 71 year old's talents. Possibly his most personal album, the intimcy of the title track, a remembrance of his late wife, counterponts the poignant resignation of 'The High Cost Of Inspiration' and 'I'll Show Me'. A great man still making great music" --Q Magazine ****

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Does He Do It? 26 July 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Guy has been making amazing music from the very beginning. I thought nothing could top the total musicality of his previous release "Somedays you write the songs". But this has blown me away! From start to finish there are 11 masterful tracks where the weather beaten voice is supported by guitars & fiddle that blend into one. His voice has so much meaning and you feel the pathos throughout. This man in this genre is in a class of his own. Buy it and you'll wear it out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Master Craftsman 23 July 2013
By Angel Delta TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Guy has been going a long time now and back in the nineteen eighties his wife, Susanne, came home to find him and Townes van Zandt hopelessly drunk and probably not for the first time. She decided to leave Guy and the album cover depicts him holding a polaroid picture of her soon after she'd packed her bags to go: so he writes in the title song:

"My favourite picture of you
Is the one where
Your wings are showing
Oh, and your arms are crossed
Your fists are clenched
Not gone but going".

Susanne never left him but she died last year aged 73. Guy writes of that time in their life with a tenderness of lyric and a sweet melody underpinned by a haunting cello and a gentle harmony by Morgane Stapleton.

Guy Clark is one of Nashville's most celebrated songwriters, a master craftsman, whose simple songs belie a subtlety of lyric and melody. With the exception of Lyle Lovett's lilting "Waltzing Fool", all of the songs were either written or co-written by Clark. And what songs they are, dealing with the deaths of illegal immigrants ("El Coyote"), the suicide of American soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, ("Heroes"), murder ("The Death Of Sis Draper") and songs of love lost, love found, redemption and heartbreak.

These are beautiful songs and the sparse acoustic sound of guitar, mandolin, banjo, cello and violin ghost the melodies to perfection. The sweet voice of Morgane Hayes in harmony with the cigarette stained and whiskey drenched pipes of Clark give these songs a tough but elegant sound to rival his very best work.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 23 July 2013
Format:Audio CD
Sometimes it seems that Guy has been making the same album over and over for 40 years. This of course is no bad thing. Here again are 10 original songs (all great) and a Lyle Lovett cover. The band are great and there is a greater variety to the musical settings than I was expecting. Morgane Stapleton's lovely harmony vocals are of particular note. Best album since Old No. 1? That would be splitting hairs but a good case could be made. Buy with confidence and enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful 17 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is beautiful country music wish i'd discovered Guy Clark before, this is great country music my favourite picture of you easy to listen to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars How can you not love this album?? 11 Aug 2013
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A wonderful album from a great songwriter. He may be in his 70s but he can still write and sing some good stuff. 11 great tracks of country/americana as it should be. . Heroes and Rain in durango are my personal favorites with the 9 other tracks not far behind!! Buy it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 17 Nov 2013
By robsure
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On the whole a lovely recording by the ageing Clark. One or two tracks are ordinary but then they only seem such because the majority are outstanding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A career high for Guy Clark 22 Oct 2013
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This sadly underrated writer has never been better in his long career than on this the first album released after the death of his wife last year. Clark once again proves himself a superb storyteller and every song is finely crafted with my own favourite the exquisite opening track "Cornmeal Waltz". An essential purchase for lovers of good as opposed to manufactured music.
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