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Sleepless

Peter Wolf Audio CD
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For some, Peter Wolf is the energetic singer of a handful of major hits for The J. Geils Band--“Centerfold,” “Freeze Frame,” and “Love Stinks.” For others, he’s the genre-spanning solo artist whose 2002 album Rolling Stone ranked among its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Yet those highlights barely scratch the biographical surface of a man who ... Read more in Amazon's Peter Wolf Store

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  • Audio CD (9 Sep 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Epic
  • ASIN: B00006AFT8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,882 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Growing Pain
2. Nothing But The Wheel
3. A Lot of Good Ones Gone
4. Homework
5. Never Like This Before
6. Five O'Clock Angel
7. Run Silent, Run Deep
8. Hey Jordan
9. Too Close Together
10. Some Things You Just Don't Want To Know
11. Oh Marianne
12. Sleepless

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EAN 5099750807828 -EPIC ARTEMIS-12 TRACKS-2002 CD

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff! 25 Sep 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is NOT pre-programmed, pre-packaged formula rock and roll, its high quality "real" music. A nice mix of musical styles (country/blues/tex mex) wrapped around Peter Wolf's Rock-Rhythm-n-Blues style. There are also some excellent collaborations w/ Mick, Keith, Steve Earle, and Duke Levine adds quality guitar picking throughout. Check it out, its good listening!
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5.0 out of 5 stars J Geils is gone-Peter Wolf lives! 30 Oct 2002
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What an excellent album! With the assistance of Jagger, Richards, Steve Earle and others this album is just a joy to listen to.'Nothing But the Wheel' could have been plucked from a mid-70s Stones album, and Jagger's harmonica and backing vocals are a blast.
There are really no bad tracks on this album, but the standout (in my opinion) is 'Jordan' - it has the beat of 'Petty's 'Breakdown' but with great moody vocals and a great hook. Why it's not getting commercial airplay, I don't know.
I have a good version of 'Homework' by the REAL Fleetwood Mac- Wolf's version again just changes the dynamics of the song and makes it his own.
He's on the right track- this album just grows and grows on you. Can't wait for the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars KEEPING IT SIMPLE 7 Oct 2002
By Patrick Earley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Peter Wolf said that when he traveled to Nashville to visit with the legendary songwriter Harlan Howard (the man who wrote "I Fall To Pieces" and "Busted") he got a great little piece of advice. "Keep it simple, and tell the truth". Words that inspired Wolf to write the opening song "Growin Pain", and pretty much the theme for the rest of the album. A nice collection of simple country blues and r&b, and a great soulful voice by Wolf that's as good if not better than ever. Although I'm still hungry at times for that hard r&b, rock & roll jive talkin' singer I grew up with from the J. Geils band, I'm starting to get used to his more adult contemporary style approach that reminds me alot of the music that artists like Graham Parker and especially Van Morrison are making today. Wolf's songwriting has never been better. The beautiful "Five O'Clock Angel", his duet with Mick Jagger on the country blues tune "Nothin' But The Wheel", and the album closer "Sleepless" were standouts for me here. He also does another country blues song trading lines with Steve Earle on "Some Things You Don't Want To Know". And he even gets his old bandmate Magic Dick back on harp for Sonny Boy Williamson's "Too Close Together". On Otis Rush's "Homework", a reworking of an old J.Geils Band favorite, Wolf does a kind of gravel voiced spoken word ala Tom Waits version that is very different from the original. I'm still trying to get used to this one. But other than this song, Wolf has never sounded better. I think it's his best album since his wonderful "Long Line" record. The only sad thing about Peter Wolf's music is that so much of it is out of print. What's the deal with these record companies? C'mon, rerelease this stuff, and give us some some bonus tracks while your at it. This guy is too good not to be heard. Meanwhile get this while you can. If your a lover of well done r&b music like I am, you'll eat this stuff up.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet another great album 19 Sep 2002
By Michael Spratt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Well another surprise from the Woofah Goofah. Over thirty years later this guy is still pulling rabbits out of the hat. This is probably a shade better than the marvellous Fool's Parade. A collection of diverse gems, ballads like "Five O'Clock Angel"(my favourite)and "Alot of Good Ones Gone" are absolutely stunning. Rockers like "Never Like This Before" and "Too Close Together"(Keith Richards comes in handy) show that Wolf is still a hard driving man with heaps of energy. The album reaches the point of fascination on "Oh Marianne" where Peter blends rich Drifters doowop vocal arrangements with a driving Latin rock beat set against a sad story line. There are many highlights throughout this imaginative set. Share this album with people you know.If radio don't play it make it an underground smash. I've already played to two people who had never heard of Peter and they were genuinely impressed. Kudos to Wolf, co-producer Kenny White, Will Jennings and all of the musicians who worked on Peter's team. Hope the man tours.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boy cries "Wolf" 21 Nov 2002
By Larry White - Published on Amazon.com
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Like its predecessor "Fool's Parade", "Sleepless" is a marvelous compendium of `roots' music, cut from the same vintage cloth as that of the great R&B, R&R, and C&W legends to whom Wolf has always paid homage whether as fan, friend, valet, disc jockey, music archivist/historian, songwriter, singer, or performer. On these 2 most recent albums, the former lead singer of the J.Geils Band, with his most sympatico producer and band, has created works which, from our humbly slanted perspective, are as soulful and masterful as those of his role models. Each cut on "Sleepless" gleams from the very first listen and adds dimension with each successive one. The highlights are a laundry list: The impeccable ensemble playing by such stalwarts as Dylan band members Larry Campbell and Tony Garnier, drummer-extraordinaire Shawn Pelton and keyboard player (and the album's co-producer) Kenny White, et al.; Mick Jagger singing his bony [butt] off and letting it bleed all over what could be a lost Stones' track; Keith Richards' insouciant jamming with Wolf, White, and Wolf's former bandmate Magic Dick on an old Sonny Boy Williamson tune--the smiles on the player's faces palpable; Steve Earle providing an extra measure of authenticity to a lovely country waltz; the Spanish Harlem vibe of `Oh Marianne'; Wolf's lecherously waggish take on the Geils' nugget `Homework'; the haunting and ominous mood cast on `Run Silent, Run Deep'; and on and on and on. Wolf continues to broaden his vocal palette as he matures, moving easily from passionate to vulnerable to hopeful to cocky to playful to world-weary to poignant, as the situation calls for. The warm, natural, organic sound of this record (with props to engineer Rob Eaton) and the absence of gimmicks and new-fangled studio tricks further contribute to its timeless character. Rolling Stone Magazine has hailed this cd as an "Instant Classic". We suggest that, despite their current predilection for putting scantily-clad, talently-challenged, pubescent women on their covers (or because of it), you take their word for it. And ours, too.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another sign that turning 50 improves an artist, not hurts 9 Dec 2002
By 33-year old wallflower - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Peter Wolf is, in my opinion, one of the most unrespected vocalists in rock history. He was in a band that wasn't named after him (The J. Geils Band), but to me, he always symbolized the band's spirit & verve. They say white men don't have soul, but Peter has always been one of the few that truly do & even after leaving his band to go solo, he may not have saw a lot of commercial acclaim, yet artistically he hasn't done any wrong. Well into his 50s, Peter shows his unflagging vitality with his newest album SLEEPLESS.
It's a proven fact that J. Geils wasn't the same without Peter & when he left, it's no surprise they disbanded shortly after. The reunion concerts of a few years ago showed the chemistry was still there, but I imagine a studio reunion is either not in the cards or postponed for the time being because Peter is back doing his solo thing. While his early solo stuff was distinctly '80s, his most recent music has been more rootsy & closer to the raw blues & soul he grew up loving. SLEEPLESS is right up there with his best J. Geils work & is good to have until a full-fledged reunion does come to pass.
In the liner notes, Peter says he was inspired by a meeting with legendary country songwriter Harlan Howard in coming up with some of the material on SLEEPLESS. He sure took one bit of Howard's sage advice to heart: "Keep it simple". He sure does with songs like "A Lot Of Good Ones Gone", "Run Silent, Run Deep", "Hey Jordan" & the title track with lyrics that are straight & to the point, like the best soul music of yore. The legendary sound of Stax & the grittier Motown songs were undoubtedly on Peter's mind while he wrote these. Speaking of Stax, William Bell's "Never Like This Before" might sound lifted almost liberally from the original, but never having heard Bell's original, I still enjoy Peter's version immensely. Howard's influence also had a hand in other ways, as the overt country sounds of "Growin' Pain" & "Some Things You Don't Want To Know" (with country rocker & Wolf friend Steve Earle) demonstrates.
As that song shows, Peter doesn't have a strictly soulful heart. "Oh Marianne" is inspired by the Drifters, as Peter himself says, but the accordion & percussion make it sound more Latin in the arrangement, almost like former Drifter Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem". The story Peter describes behind this song is quite stunning in its own right. A deeper blues theme can be detected in songs like "Five O'Clock Angel", "Hey Jordan", Sonny Boy Williamson's "Too Close Together" & Otis Rush's "Homework" (which Peter had recorded with J. Geils before), the results being not just mere mimicry, but a singer learning his lesson well & still sounding like himself.
To further show that Peter Wolf's respect in the music industry is even more considerable than his commercial success, no less than two Rolling Stones chip in on SLEEPLESS. Mick Jagger shares vocal duties on the EXILE ON MAIN ST.-inspired (think "Torn & Frayed" mixed with "Sweet Virginia") "Nothing But The Wheel", which could accurately describe Mick's own life. Keith Richards has always been the rootsier member of the Stones, so his helping out on "Too Close Together" makes perfect sense & you wish today's Stones would come up with something half as rocking as this.
It's easy to knock artists over 50 for sticking around too long & not hanging it up. But truth be told, some artists actually get better & find their sense of purpose as they reach that pivotal age & Peter Wolf is certainly one of them. While his cult may be larger than his rate of success, the fact that Peter has refused to kowtow to major trends (at least with his 1990s music) is commendable for sure. SLEEPLESS is a stellar album from an artist who doesn't seem to lose any sleep over his lack of commercial success & those who are lucky to come across him should be grateful for that.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 stars.....Good.....but not as good as Fools Parade.... 17 Sep 2002
By "crusha" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I've been following Pete's solo career since Come As You Are with both a feeling of joy and sadness. Joy because each consecutive album (until now) has been better then the last. Sadness because even with largely stellar reviews the albums have been ignored by radio and the record buying public. I expect Sleepless will receive the same disrespect and it's a shame. Though I do not like this album as much as the classic Fool's Parade it's still a very good Wolf album. Most of the songs work well. 'Growin Pain' has a great groove and lyric. 'Too Close Together' is a great cover with Keith Richards playing a great foil for the Wolf. 'A Lot of Good Ones Gone' and 'Oh Marianne' are also highlights.
When I first saw the song list I was surprised to see 'Run Silent, Run Deep' included since Pete recorded this song on Come As You Are. Pete does a great job of rerecording this song, but I would have preferred a new song instead. And the same can be said for 'Homework' the old J. Geils Band staple. I like the treatment here, but it's a throw away version that sounds like Pete was just goofing around. For most, these are none issues and it could be called minor quibbling on my part. The song 'Sleepless' breaks the string of incredible final songs on Wolf albums...it just isn't very interesting lyrically or musically....hopefully it will grow on me.
Maybe it was expecting too much to think that Pete would produce another record that equaled Fool's Parade. Or maybe it's just unfair to compare the two. While this album certainly is a worthy successor to that classic it just isn't quite as good which is still to say, it's better then most. I just hope he tours!
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