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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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  • Audio CD (19 Jan. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: HighTone Records
  • ASIN: B00000I73E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Man From God Knows Where
2. Wayfarin' Stranger
3. Patrick Russel
4. Mary Clare Malloy (American Wake) - Tom
5. The Outcast - Dave Van Ronk
6. Ambrose Larsen - Iris Dement
7. The Dreamin'
8. The Old Northern Shore - Kari Bremnes
9. The Man From God Knows Where
10. Anna Olsen - Kari Bremnes
11. Rider On An Orphan Train
12. Acres Of Corn - Iris Dement
13. The Man From God Knows Where
14. Sitting Bull In Venice
15. The Old Rugged Cross - Iris Dement
16. Anna Olsen's Letter Home - Kari Bremnes
17. Eg Er Framand - Sondre Bratland
18. When Irish Girls Grow Up - Dolores Keane
19. Casey Jones
20. Chickasaw County Jail
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Russell's roots song-cyle, "The Man From God Knows Where," released in 1999, was called by John Lomax "one of the most important folk records ever recorded." The record featured Iris DeMent, Dolores Keane, Dave Van Ronk's last recordings, and a cameo recording of Walt Whitman. Rolling Stone and UPI-syndicated-journalist John Swenson stated: "Russell is one of America's greatest songwriters . . . this record is as close to a Homeric treatment of American history as we're ever likely to see . . . when somebody is looking for the equivalent of the Harry Smith anthology in the middle of the next century, The Man From God Knows Where is what they'll discover."

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Texan singer/songwriter Tom Russell has recorded more than a dozen albums of original material, but none quite as unique as this evocative "immigrant song cycle," which paints a stark picture of early American lifestyles. Loosely based on Russell's own family history, this folk opera employs Irish and Norwegian musical elements as well as sounds drawn straight from the dustbowl. Sterling vocal contributions from the likes of Iris DeMent and Dave Van Ronk guide us through several generations of outcasts and pioneers. Using a wide range of traditional instruments, including Uilleann pipes and the Hardanger fiddle, Russell creates a rustic vision of hard-luck America that is both a coherent artistic statement as well as an extremely powerful history lesson. --Mitch Myers

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is a beautiful album, an album that gets under your skin with music and with history. Cross folk, country and genealogy and this is where you end up - the music propels you back and forth in time, the lyrics make you wonder who you are, who your ancestors were, how they lived and died. Tom Russell is a hell of a story teller - just close your eyes and listen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Tom Russell is a singer/songwriter on a par with Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Nanci Griffith and Al Stewart yet his talent is so far recognised by only a faithful few. This record takes his art to a whole new level, being a song cycle based on his own family history and the story of his immigrant ancestors.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By oldhasbeen VINE VOICE on 16 July 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a great idea for an album, but t o my ears it doesn't quite come off. There are some good tracks on it but a lot of weaker ones too, and I just cannot abide Iris DeMent's voice. Try "Borderland" or "Aztec Jazz" instead
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By purse on 28 Nov. 2011
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those CD's that tells a story brilliantly. It is one to sit and listen to as the words and the story are so interesting. The recuring title song "The Man from god knows where" is very well used throughout.The best story album I've heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter Hoffmann on 10 May 2014
Format: Audio CD
Sorry, but I have to disagree with previous comments-'Love Abides' duet with Iris DeMent is quite magnificent and truly soars-perhaps even matches the solo brilliant version on Aztec Jazz. :-)
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