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The Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009 CD

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  • Audio CD (22 Feb 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cd Listening Bar Ieg
  • ASIN: B002MCI966
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,782 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Leicester Bangs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb 2011
Format: Audio CD
I See Hawks In L.A. - Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009 (American Beat)
The term `Cosmic American Music', first used in conjunction with the work of Gram Parsons, gets bandied about lot. Not always accurately. I always took it to mean country rock with elements of classic psychedelia and stoner hippy influences. The obvious examples are bands like The Dead, late Buffalo Springfield and early Poco, right through to contemporary outfits such as Yonder Mountain String Band and, of course, these lot.

Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009 is a useful introduction to the California band. It brings together a collection of country rock songs, which hark back to the genre's heyday of the early `70s, without sacrificing their modern touch. Though, perhaps it's one of the joys of the genre, that when done properly, it's utterly timeless. A couple of spins of this CD convinces completely. There's not a weak track amongst the 17 selections, whether they're rocking out on "Texarkanada" or getting back to the country on "Byrd From West Virginia". Of the three new tracks recorded for the album, two are duets with Carla Olson, and also included is the original demo of the band's title song "I See Hawks In L.A.". 9/10.
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Throwback California country-rock 30 Jan 2010
By hyperbolium - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Los Angeles country-rock group's anthology re-imagines Big Star's hopeful album title #1 Record as a joshing (or perhaps wishful) look back through a catalog that wasn't really likely to find broad commercial fortune. A decade in the making - the band formed in 2000 - the songs cherry-pick the group's four previous releases, adding an early demo, two previously unreleased tracks, and three new recordings. The band's combination of tight country harmonies, shuffling rhythms, road-inspired topics, and flights of fiction mark them as natural-born citizens of Gram Parson's cosmic American music colony. Their music offers reverence for the twang upon which it's built, but there's also humor, tongue-in-cheek paranoia and a liberal hippie environmental ethos running through their songs.

Coming together at the tail end of the Clinton administration and flourishing artistically during eight years of Bush, the band's songwriters found plenty of grist for the lyrical social mill. They sing the praises of "Byrd from West Virginia," note his past membership in the Ku Klux Klan, and highlight his anti-war stance with a guitar, bass and mandolin waltz the fiddle-playing senior senator would surely appreciate. There are songs of flower-child philosophy being passed to a new generation, pot farmers living off the gifts of "Humboldt," meditative appreciations of the America's open road beauty, sun-burnt runs through the desert, tears cried for the planet's desecration (or as they label it "one sad valentine to Earth"), and ire leveled at capitalistic icons such as salesmen and self-help charlatans.

The group seems to have picked from their catalog a group of tunes that are more about people than between them. They lean towards first person articulation, songs sung to an absent `you' and songs sung at the listener. Even the separation of "Up the Grapevine" is more an interior monologue than a conversation. Their namesake tune calls to like thinkers, "if you see hawks / then maybe we should talk," seeking to gather rather than having kindred souls on hand. The protagonists aren't isolated, exactly, but neither do they seem as connected to others as the band is musically connected to one another. "Bossier City" provides a few minutes of explicit intercourse as Rob Waller trades verses and harmonizes with Carla Olson. Waller's duet with Carla Olsen on the newly waxed "Bossier City" breaks through that wall. Fans of the Flying Burrito Brothers, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Crazy Horse, Dave Alvin and the Gosdin Brothers should check this out! [©2010 hyperbolium dot com]
Alt Country Gold! 3 Jun 2010
By The Upsetter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The last album by these guys was great, but I wasn't too familiar with their previous work. What a spectacular introduction this is! There's such a consistency in sound and quality here one would never know that the recordings span a decade and changes in band roster. Yet there's great variety in material, as well, which really makes in feel like a true album to new ears and not just a collection of crowd pleasers. There are unmistakable, and totally welcome, elements of country sprinkled over all of the tracks but the obviously great lead guitar is there, as well, to plant a flag for rock. Really, there's something for everybody in this set of songs.
Dues paid the right way 10 Aug 2010
By Stan FREDO - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I picked up this CD thanks to the MOJO magazine and I don't regret it. Yes, it is influenced by the Byrds and Gram Parsons' Sweetheart of the Rodeo: Legacy Edition and the best artists / bands that followed on this trail. But the band here has its own personality (and even a political agenda), as reflected in their lyrics and their liner notes. This is classic country-rock done today the interesting and entertaining way. And the song Shoulda Been Gold surely should have been a hit.
progressive country 2 Oct 2013
By alphabaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful group. Some of their songs are so magical as to suggest the Moody Blues gone country.Great music.
Shoulda Been Gold 24 April 2013
By Catherine A. Rohm - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hawks. Amazing. Wonderful. I absolutely can't get enough of them and give them plenty of air time on my community radio show.
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