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The Duke & The King’s debut album ‘Nothing Gold Can Stay’ was one of 2009’s most acclaimed albums, with its heady mix of rootsy folk-rock and vintage soul earning comparisons with artists ranging from Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to Sly & The Family Stone. Little over a year later, the band – lead by Simone Felice and Bobbie Bird Burke – prepare ... Read more in Amazon's The Duke & the King Store

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  • Audio CD (20 July 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B002C6EMY0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Now on extended leave from the critically acclaimed Felice Band, drummer and vocalist Simone Felice, alongside Robert Chicken Burke, unveils the acoustic-glam-gospel combo The Duke And The King with their debut album `Nothing Gold Can Stay'.
Simone has always been considered the driving force behind The Felice Brothers, not only by adding a loose-limbed rhythm to his brothers' soulful take on the Great American Songbook but also through his wild-eyed and occasionally unpredictable behaviour onstage.
`Nothing Gold Can Stay' was recorded in splendid isolation in a makeshift studio in Bearsville, New York State, and then taken down The Hudson to be mixed and mastered by Grammy Award winning hip hop maestro Bassy Bob Brockmann (Notorious B.I.G.'s `Ready To Die'). It's an album that is populated by those on the brink of fame and fortune, those just getting by and those who have lost their way. The Duke And The King's debut album celebrates adolescence's not so innocent times while grudgingly accepting the occasionally harsh reality of the streets of a city that they both grew up on.

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Simone Felice and Robert 'Chicken' Burke adopted the names of two mischievous characters from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for this album. Based on this alone, fans of the Mark Twain novel may surmise Nothing Gold Can Stay has a certain peripatetic charm and wistful longing; and they'd be right.

This tremendous collection of dusty Americana kicks off with If You Ever Get Famous. Felice's stunning, shimmering country folk vocal is as sad as waving goodbye to a loved one. When he sings, ''If you ever get famous, don't forget about me'', it's impossible not to reflect on bridges burned.

The quality remains high. Still Remember Love takes a turn into Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young territory, albeit slightly adulterated with hints of Arthur Lee psychedelia, while Lose My Self crashes around epically like Pink Floyd soundtracking a western.

In Suzanne, meanwhile, there are jazzy trumpets, unhurried country guitars and a bluesy subject matter. Certainly this tale of an amorous man's determination to get the woman he wants references the classic JJ Cale Tulsa sound in consummate style.

One More American Song's affecting story of an army veteran reduced to pushing a shopping trolley in the street rounds off the album. Nick Cave and My Morning Jacket are the most obvious touchstones, but Dylan and Leonard Cohen are also brought to mind, such is the depth of emotion wrought by Felice and Burke's careful approach.

Many great songwriters write about aging, sadness, lost love and thwarted dreams. The Duke & The King are worthy of attention because they manage to tackle these big ideas with clarity, honesty and a total lack of pomposity and have created an understated gem. --Lou Thomas

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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By S. Rainbow on 14 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Simone Felice, erstwhile drummer of The Felice Brothers, and sometime George Clinton collaborator, Robert 'Chicken' Burke, have come together to create what is surely one of the finest American albums of this, or any other, year. Moving away from the rambunctious Band-styled rhythm and blues of the Felice Brothers to a more spaced-out, cracked country soul, Nothing Gold Can Stay gives Simone plenty of room to stretch his lyrical wings; his stark tales of growing up in the States bear comparison with the finest, dustblown US fiction. Check closer (and album cornerstone) One More American Song for evidence of a remarkable talent.
If you've been drawn to this strain of modern Americana recently, by the likes of Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver, or just find yourself nostalgic for the days of the Canyon cowboys, then you may just have stumbled across your album of the year. It has all the makings of a stone cold classic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. D. Vera on 24 Oct 2009
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If you liked the Felice Brothers music, you will absolutely love this. All the tracks are well written and the entire recording is well produced. Highly recommended to all who enjoy a bit of Americana.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Iain Mcpherson on 21 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album without hearing but based on the reviews which were "5-star"
My own fault as what I found was some simple songs, well played & sung, but after a couple of tracks it just tends to drone on.
There were references in reviews to Fleet Foxes & Bon Iver (which I love) but the only thing I see in common is that they are American.
Bon Iver is an atmospheric album (recorded in a cabin singing about lost love),
Fleet Foxes web a feeling of sound which takes you out of yourself but unfortunatly The Duke & King sound like a few of uncles sitting round at a party aspiring to be stars.

I have tried to go back and play the album right through but have failed on all occassions.
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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful By S.R.J VINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2009
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I know I am going to get seriously panned for this. Firstly context- I am a massive americana fan, Son Volt, Jayhawks, Felice Brothers etc. I like a pleasant song as much as anyone. I bought this album a few weeks ago. And do you know what, initially I was drawn in, the vocals are superb,really nice sounding guitar work and so forth. But suddenly I became aware of its tedium. It is nowhere near album of the year,its ok but it is not brilliant, in fact the more I take in the production, which is very lush and atmospheric, it strikes me as a self indulgent album. How can something be so utterly brilliant when two of the tracks quite litterally repeat the same vocal line over and over.Union street stands out as a truly great track, but one great track does not make a great album.I like this album, I just feel some perspective is needed, because it simply is not a great album,its tasteful, snoozy, at times beautifully sung but come on there are lots and lots of albums out there that wipe the floor with this one. Before you cast me down with a minus vote consider this-have you really not heard a better album this year?
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Journey of the giant on 12 Nov 2009
Format: Audio CD
Contrary to most of the reviews, I was hugely disappointed with the 3rd Felice Brothers album, Yonder Is The Clock. After the majesty of it's predecessors, and a storming live set witnessed at King Tuts in Glasgow, I could barely remember ever anticipating a new release with such fervour. I noticed that the only stand outs on the record were those sung by Simone Felice. On checking this trend, I subsequently found the same pattern on all Felice Bros releases - almost all of my favourite tracks had lead vocals by Simone (Mercy, Radio Song, Your Belly In My Arms). Imagine my delight when The Duke & The King announced their impending release.......the record more than made up for Yonder Is The Clock. It's Topanga Canyon vibe and lyrical content hit the spot. Written after a sad event in Simone Felice's personal life, it resonates with the sound of a man trying to find some answers. This was evident watching the band perform live at End of the Road festival, as he performed with an intensity I have rarely seen, and was literally held up by bandmates at the end of the show. The addition of a singing drummer with a voice like Marvin Gaye added a new dimension to the songs. Here's waiting for the next album, hoping my favourite Felice finds it within to keep on delivering the magic. Oh, and he could have a word with his kin as well, to get them back on their true path..........
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paul McManus on 16 Aug 2009
Format: Audio CD
Lyrical, heartfelt, beautiful. Simone Felice has taken the essence of the Felice Brothers' musical style and stripped out the 'carnie' side of it. What's left is perfection. Album of the year for me.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jo Duggan on 25 Aug 2009
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Wow. This album is just beautiful. Some of the tracks already sounded like old faithful friends after just a couple of listens. Have been listening to a vast amount of new (or new to me) and varied music recently, and just keep returning to this album time after time. Probably my album of the year so far - it is simply magnificent.

Oh, and just to add, if you get the opportunity to see them live you should make every possible effort to be there. Absolutely stunning.
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Format: Audio CD
This is the first album by the new band of Simone Felice (ex Felice Brothers) and it's a rather good, laid-back, ballad-y, 34-minute affair. Extra points for the "vinyl replica" approach of the packaging.
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