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Tonight At The Arizona [CD]

The Felice Brothers Audio CD
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The Felice Brothers are a close-knit band of two brothers and three longtime friends(all in their twenties). They are self-taught - not one of them played an instrument prior to the band’s inception in 2006 when they started busking in New York City subway stations. The Felice Brothers have released three full-length albums. The majority of their work was recorded in a converted chicken ... Read more in Amazon's The Felice Brothers Store

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  • Audio CD (14 Jan 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Loose Music
  • ASIN: B000PA9PPG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Roll On Arte
2. Ballad Of Lou The Welterweight
3. Hey Hey Revolved
4. Your Belly In My Arms
5. Lady Day
6. T for Texas
7. Rockefeller Druglaw Blues
8. Mercy
9. Christmas Song
10. Going Going Gone
11. Take This Hammer

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BBC Review

There's a real end-of-the-party quality to Tonight At The Arizona, but not in a bad way. Even if the songs are shot through with Dylanesque vocalizing (and, to a lesser extent, the musical colours and harmonies of The Band), this album remains more closely related to Townes Van Zandt's output, or perhaps Neil Young's hippy requiem, Tonight's The Night. With a drunken, druggy storytelling style, it can't quite decide if it's a wedding or a wake.

All of this begs the question as to what exactly is new about this record, and perhaps nothing is, beyond the sound of the Felice Brothers attacking the songs with all the gusto of a drunk breaking the seal on a bottle of bourbon. However, the lyrical details certainly suggest the blues are alive and well in the 21st century, particularly in songs like 'Roll on Arte', 'The Ballad of Lou the Welterweight', 'Lady Day' and 'Rockefeller Druglaw Blues'.

It's like Bruce Springsteen's The Ghost Of Tom Joad, if that record was actually listenable, but unlike The Boss, these Catskill boys have actually lived on the streets; the three brothers, Ian, Simone and James, also recently recruited their friend Christmas, a 'runaway dice thrower'. Perhaps it's not too fanciful to believe that fact is reflected in the grit of Ian Felice's voice, stripping away sentiment like Rip Van Winkle having his first shave for twenty years.

Ultimately the album succeeds by reminding us that the best folk music has always been as playful as it is profound. On the best track, 'T for Texas', one of the Brothers whoops like a latter-day Sleepy John Estes, while the closing 'Take this Hammer' (rather cheekily, given the album's title, the only live cut), is not only a tribute to Pa Felice's occupation as a carpenter, but also a drunken anthem that cleverly whets the listener's appetite for their live show. Long may they continue to roll. --Tim Nelson

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Oscar
Format:Audio CD
Bought this album here from Amazon, and recieved it this afternoon. At first I didn't really get into it, it was good. But nothing that remarkable. Then I listened to it again. =O!

This really is some great stuff. Somewhat melancholic, it's sounds a bit like the mood of Neil Young's On The Beach, with a more dylanesque feel to it, and with lyrics that makes me think a lot of The Band. This is good, really great. It's epic. Most of the people used to the more commericial, polished stuff of today might think it sounds a bit strange. But this is raw, imperfect (like the thunder hitting the studio during the recording of Hey Hey Revolver), and paradoxally amazing.

So everyone that liked, for example (as I said above) Neil Young's more sad period (this is though not as electric as most of his songs, but think Ambulance Blues)... and, actually the whole americana/folk period a là The Band will NOT be disappointed.

One of the best albums I've heard this year.

(please note that I'm a teenager from Sweden writing this, so my english might be a bit... not that good. and I probably could write this better in just some years, but, I'm quite sure of my opinion)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album 3 Oct 2007
By Fox
Format:Audio CD
This is a great debut album, despite the David Grayish singing on the first song. The influences of Neil Young and Uncle Tupelo are very evident. T for Texas is a great foot stomping country rock song. I like the inclusion of the live song at the end as a teaser to how energetic these guys would be live.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Front Porch Blues 28 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you have a spare bottle of brandy, and the moon is on the rise, take your portable CD player onto the porch, slump in your favourite rockin' chair, tip your hat over your eyes and sing along with these wonderful, sad laments of love, life and death. Handsome Family for the Basement Tapes generation. I am playing it again and again, the Ballad of Lou the Welterweight doing more for the doggy position than any song I've ever heard.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! 14 Sep 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Felice Brothers are amazing. They have a very 'unpolished' sound, and it took me a few listens to truly appreciate this album - but now i'm playing it constantly. I hear something new every time I play it. I'm a fan of The Old Crow Medicine Show - the Felice Brothers have some similarities, in a slower more melancholy way, but I also think they're even better. There are also some vague Dylan similarities. My only criticism is that there isn't a lyrics sheet with the CD - as the lyrics and the stories the Felice Brothers tell are amazing. I haven't seen these guys in concert yet but it's at the very top of my wish list to do so.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jury still out.. 13 Feb 2009
By M
Format:Audio CD
Bought this after really enjoying the self titled Felice Brothers CD that came out in 2008. Can't say I was disappointed but of the two CDs I feel it comes in second best..but you never know...sometimes the slow burners really catch on six months down the line.
By no way a bad album..but if you are new to this band go for the self titled Felice Brothers CD first.
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