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The Houston Kid

Rodney Crowell Audio CD
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Great songwriters are said to reveal themselves through their work; their candor and transparency of soul is the key to the listener’s empathic heart and the culture’s admiration. But the lions of country songwriting, idolized and covered in magazines as they are, can sometimes feel like statues carved in marble, not fleshy, visceral human beings who’ve been scared, scarred ... Read more in Amazon's Rodney Crowell Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B000055ZF2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,833 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Telephone Road 3:520.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Rock Of My Soul 4:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Why Don'T We Talk About It 3:350.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Wish It Would Rain 3:280.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Wandering Boyd 5:570.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Walk The Line 3:510.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Highway 17 4:550.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. U Don'T Know How Much I Hate U 3:370.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Topsy Turvy 3:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Know Love Is All I Need 5:200.79  Buy MP3 

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Consider this an album-length sequel to "Ain't Livin' Long Like This", the autobiographical anthem that established Rodney Crowell at the songwriting vanguard of mid-1970s Nashville. Though his career has seen more misfires than hits in recent years, his music here returns to its purest, strongest impulses. Whether he's taking creative leaps beyond the facts of his life ("The Rock of My Soul", "I Wish It Would Rain") or operating within a more transparently confessional mode ("Why Don't We Talk About It", "I Know Love Is All I Need"), the results ring redemptively true. The album's centrepiece is a duet with Johnny Cash on "I Walk the Line Revisited", as Crowell puts his imprint on one of his former father-in-law's signature tunes. With echoes of some formative influences--from Sun rockabilly and Houston honky-tonk to Buddy Holly and the Byrds--Crowell's music buoyantly complements the plainspoken testament of the lyrics. --Don McLeese

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RODNEY CROWELL The Houston Kid (2001 US AUTOGRAPHED 11-track CD album picture sleeve which has been dedicated and signed on the front To Stacie from Rodney Crowell in silver marker pen! SUG-CD-1065)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Country music with real substance. 24 April 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Crowell's best album since the brilliant Diamonds and Dirt and this is very different. Hard hitting song after song written with real feeling dealing with very real issues with the most basic of backing. Wife-beating, drugs, prostitution, AIDs are all issues dealt with. Legendary Johnny Cash helps out on I walk the Line Revisited. This is a highly satisfying album, an album that makes you think but never fails to entertain!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sad, thoughtful, a CD to make you think. 4 July 2001
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this CD having never heard of Rodney Crowell before, but I certainly will look for more of his work. The words of the songs make you laugh, make you sad and make you think - not heavy - very entertianing. The guitar playing is superb, perhaps you can tell, one of my favourite and much played CD's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crowell's best album in the last ten years 26 Mar 2009
Format:Audio CD
Rodney Crowell has issued four albums in the last ten years and this is easily his best though all are some value. The Houston Kid could be seen as a concept album with the songs so much related to each other and to the album's title. Though the characters may not be the most pleasant or happy ones and are hardly typical of pop songs, he creates fascinating narratives and gives his characters surprising depth within the constraints and context of his songs. The musicianship is also first rate, as is the understated production by Crowell himself and co-producers including Steuart Smith and Peter Coleman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album 14 April 2013
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Product is as described. Item came very quickly. No problems at all with purchase. Would recommend this product to other customers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars His best yet? 5 Dec 2008
By Antoine
Format:Audio CD
I know Crowell has done a couple of albums since this, but I reckon this to be his finest work, almost akin to a collection of short stories - stunning songs on a series of really interesting subjects. Who else in mainstream country music would write a song about a gay gigolo who is HIV positive coming home to be nursed in his dying days by his brother (I Wish It Would Rain & Wandering Boy). It also contains the rousing Walk The Line Revisited. All beautifully played, too. A classic.
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