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The West Was Burning

Martha Scanlan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Feb 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B000LPR4EO
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 290,757 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. The West Was Burning 4:590.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Get Right Church 4:240.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Went To See The Gypsy 3:320.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Seeds Of The Pine 5:470.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Don't Even Have To Ask 4:250.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Call Me Shorty 3:060.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Walkin' 5:140.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Up On the Divide 5:310.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Isabella 5:360.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Ten Thousand Charms 4:180.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing music for everybody! 7 Dec 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have friends not at all into folk music - but Martha Scanlan hit them clean. This CD is so real, so emotional, so pure!
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5.0 out of 5 stars New (to me!) and important singer 22 May 2008
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Yes, I have to agree, this woman can really sing a lovely song. The percussion can be a bit 'raw' at times, but all in all a wonderful album, almost haunting.
Edit: Scanlan also writes and sings on a couple of Bluegrass albums (Reeltime Travelers) but this is not a Bluegrass sounding LP (thank heavens).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad To Have This Collection 12 May 2007
By M. C. Kersten - Published on
Format:Audio CD
Yes, I'm glad to have this collection of songs to listen to whenever I want. We saw Martha Scanlan perform at a Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, and her songwriting got to me. The venue ran out of her CDs that night, so I had to get it from Amazon. I remember loving one song in particular--how the words seemed to tumble down the chord, for lack of a better description. So I was so happy when that ended up being the first song on the CD--"The West Was Burning". Song after song will hook you. Her lyrics are evocative, her voice transporting, and her rhythms varied and familiar. Of course, since Levon Helm is her drummer, she had an advantage!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wow 11 Feb 2008
By HS Attila - Published on
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Every single song in this CD works: the writing is terrific, the performances exactly right, the sequence/production (thank you, Dirk Powell) so good it grows on you as you listen--it all makes a download?CD to be treasured. You listen again and again. And after that, there's Levon!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Little Minnesota Town 4 July 2008
By Lee Armstrong - Published on
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The review in "Dirty Linen" said of this CD, "The West Was Burning comes as a revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation." Producer Dirk Powell says in the liner notes, "She seeks and finds (and ultimately creates) work that reveals the divine where it might not have been perceived previously." That's a lot of gushing over this set.

Scanlan covers a Bob Dylan song "Went to See the Gypsy" from his 1970 album New Morning and re-creates the track with a loving vocal, "That pretty dancing girl, she could not be found; so I watched the sun come rising on that little Minnesota town." She turns in one instrumental, "Call Me Shorty," penned by Dirk Powell. The set concludes with a nice version of the traditional "Ten Thousand Charms." Of her originals, "Isabella" is a good track with its driving beat and stories of women. The opening title track is probably the very strongest with a unique fast rolling melody that accommodates the dense lyric, "On the window there are fields of wheat in Kansas that roll on forever." Levon Helm of the Band lends support on drums while his daughter Amy of Olabelle lends harmony vocals and drums. Martha's voice is one that comes across as weathered, much as the music she sings. This is a good set. Enjoy!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary 3 Oct 2009
By Ronald L. Levao - Published on
Format:Audio CD
I title my review in response to the sentimental yet thrillingly understated lyric of "Walkin'": "Ordinary is as ordinary sees / the quiet beauty in the shapes of trees and the / sky between them is an ordinary kind/ ordinary hand brushes mine, and / walking ain't nothing / walkin's just free / come on baby come walkin' / with me." Can you get more subtly sexy than that? The original songs on the album are mostly slow paced, filled with loneliness, longing, hope, and spiritual joy and hunger--all the things I look for in this kind of music, crossing old-timey, honky tonk, and hard country, rough yet exquisite and intensely imagined. The cover of Bob Dylan's "Went to see the Gypsy" is one of the best Dylan covers I've ever heard (and that includes the Byrds!)--bringing out the mystery, skepticism, and baffled indecision of Dylan's great song but with a new feel (and we can finally stop wondering if the Gypsy is Elvis or Jimi). The playing is first-rate by everyone, some very well known (Dirk Powell, Levon and Amy Helm ). I cannot recommend this CD highly enough. Think of Lucinda Williams in a meditative mood (as she sings "Side of the Road") crossed with Iris DeMent, and if you can't get enough, check out the group "Reeltime Travelers," with whom she wrote and sang the remarkable "Little Bird of Heaven." (P.S.: Powell has an absorbing piece in the insert, but his comment about the Interstate highways is ill considered--beneath Martha and his lovely music, or his own evocative prose).
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid 27 Feb 2007
By Zoya - Published on
Format:Audio CD
If you like Alice Gerrard- Joni Mitchell- you will like this album...Thank you Martha for this beautiful album!
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