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Songs of the Ungrateful Living [Import]

Everlast Audio CD
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Erik “Everlast” Schrody didn’t particularly want to be a rapper. As a teenage graffiti writer in LA in the late ‘80s, Everlast started rapping to entertain his homeboys. It didn’t take too long for them to see he was talented.
“I was just rapping for fun, just to tell jokes,” he says. “And then they just encouraged me to do it. Some of them ... Read more in Amazon's Everlast Store

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Martyr Inc Records
  • ASIN: B005I735LG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,801 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once the world s lone superpower, America has been in a state of flux for several years. The economy seems to weaken every week, while we are in the midst of several wars that have been going on for nearly a decade. In the midst of this, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter/rapper Everlast has crafted Songs Of The Ungrateful Living, a masterful 15-cut collection that serves as a soundtrack for modern America. It s an album that pulls from several seemingly unrelated musical and thematic corners of the country to poignantly highlight not only the bleak status of our nation and its inhabitants but also the untapped potential of both. In fact, a change is going to come would be the perfect way to describe Everlast s musical journey. He got his first break in the 1980s when gangster rap pioneer Ice T discovered him and released his early material. But it was in 1992, when as the frontman of rap group House Of Pain, that Everlast enjoyed his first career-defining moment. The group s bone-crushing single -Jump Around- became one of the decade s biggest songs and is still used regularly in television commercials and movies. After a successful run with House Of Pain, Everlast shocked the musical world in 1998 with the release of his solo album Whitey Ford Sings The Blues. A blues, folk, country and rap inspired release on which Everlast sang in a gravely voice, the collection was anchored by the smash hits -What It s Like- and -Ends- and sold more than 2 million copies. Since then, Everlast has become one of music s most successful, eclectic artists, collaborating with legendary rock group Santana on the Grammy-winning single -Put Your Lights On- and forming the hardcore rap group La Coka Nostra with former House Of Pain member DJ Lethal, among others. With -Songs Of The Ungrateful Living-, Everlast again shows that he s one of the most talented people to ever mix musical styles. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Since there's still no track listing on Amazon UK for 'Songs of the Ungrateful Living', let's start there:

-01- Long At All (2:57)
-02- Gone For Good (3:13)
-03- I Get By (3:39)
-04- Little Miss America (3:59)
-05- My House (3:34)
-06- Long Time (3:27)
-07- Friday The 13th (2:31)
-08- The Crown (3:48)
-09- Sixty-Five Roses (3:11)
-10- Moneymaker (3:13)
-11- The Rain (3:26)
-12- Some Of Us Pray (2:55)
-13- I'll Be There For You (3:51)
-14- Even God Don't Know (4:13)
-15- A Change Is Gonna Come (3:17)

If you like where Everlast's come from, you'll be down with this album. Now he's found his solo sound this is more of the same, along the same lines as both 'White Trash Beautiful' and 'Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford'. Seemingly he's saving most of his rap for La Coka Nostra nowadays, which leaves much more of his melancholy country-blues to give to his newest album: in fact, only 'I Get By' (first single - check out the awesome video), 'Moneymaker' and 'The Rain' seem to feature hip-hop beats at all. The rest are pretty much as expected, but in a good way: acoustic six-string strumming, laid-back drumming/beats, a touch of Hammond organ here and there all overlaid with Whitey Ford's trademark gravelly voice. At 51 minutes it's not the longest album, but there's not much in the way of dud tracks (*experiences may vary*) so that's not necessarily a bad thing.

Thematically this retains the anti-war stance seen on 'Love, War, and the Ghost of Whitey Ford' ('Little Miss America'), adds a little commentary on the impact of current global financial issues upon the man on the street ('I Get By', 'The Rain'), and mixes in some straight-up Everlast songs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic from Everlast. 18 Oct 2011
Format:Audio CD
My first impression is that it blends the classic 'Whitey Ford Sings the Blues' album with my personal favourite but not nearly as celebrated 'White Trash Beautiful'.
Songs Of The Ungrateful Living mixes the styles he's been blending over his career - PERFECTLY this time.

Both aforementioned albums left me wondering how far into his influences he was going to go, almost wishing he'd hit it somewhere in the middle across a whole record....and on this one..I feel like he's done it.

One of the best things about any lyricist is the ability to tell a story, whether that be drawing from personal experience or by trying to look at something from another person's perspective, which Everlast has demonstrated across all his albums.
Sometimes unclear as to whether he's talking openly about himself, it is however obvious that he's talking with a genuine affinity to the narrative at hand....none more effectively than on the first single from the new album 'I Get By'.
Telling of tough times in the U.S. - fractured economy & questionable foreign policy, the song sounds like a 'sigh for help' from the perspective of the working man. A similar track in terms of its vibe is 'The Rain', while slightly more up-beat, it covers darker and possibly more introspective subject matter.....If its the hip-hop that you still love about Everlast, these two tick the boxes.
If its the blues-bordering-on-country sound that you like, then its here in no short supply.
Theres a slice of Americana on most tracks - somewhere in the mix theres a lap-steel, and his Telecaster or Gretsch.
Its this 'beats meets blues' that Everlast has made his own, and the presence is significant on 'Gone For Good', 'Long Time', 'Friday The 13th' & 'Some of Us Pray'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great album 15 May 2014
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great album and if you are a fan of this guy you need this in any collection along with all his others...!
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