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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the West
Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Cramps hit the town in the late 70's early 80's with grunt, grind, rhythm and booze after mining the gold seams of Americana for nuggets. They whooped up a punk party based on a forgotten milieu. The Cramps unashamed at their plagarism clearly signposted the way backwards to Continent Billy; Sonics Ocean, Wray land, glen glen highway, Patton...
Published on 1 April 2010 by Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles

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1.0 out of 5 stars Way Out Worst
Title sounds promising given the state of the nation and you'd expect something hard, astringent and pointed. What you get is a tired compilation of miscellaneous individual recordings. One to miss.
Published on 11 Aug 2010 by michael mcgee


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5.0 out of 5 stars Death of the West, 1 April 2010
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Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles "FIST" (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: American Murder Ballads (Audio CD)
Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Cramps hit the town in the late 70's early 80's with grunt, grind, rhythm and booze after mining the gold seams of Americana for nuggets. They whooped up a punk party based on a forgotten milieu. The Cramps unashamed at their plagarism clearly signposted the way backwards to Continent Billy; Sonics Ocean, Wray land, glen glen highway, Patton gardens and elvis mansions.

The Gun Club wore their hearts on their sleeves and reworked Robert johnson, John Henry, Railroad Bill and John Hardy. Nick always pointed the way backwards to the early blues, the worlds of Stackalee and Henry Lee. They are all captured on this collection,a total of 50 freshly shorn and deloused delinquents convicted for robbery, theft and muhda captured and recapitulating their muhdarous ways on disc. A multi hued album parading the greats from Johnny Cash to Ledbelly. The essence of the soul shines beyond the misery of the greatest depression, when literally there was no work. This stretched for 10 years in the USA until the 2nd World War bailed out the free market to roll on once again.

These are the b'stard offspring of the great depression, the bleak arid landscapes of cacti feeding off the last drop of water whilst tumbleweed are chased by dogs across arid empty martian like Oklahoma panoramas.

Country and Western, Blues, folk, a pot pourri of Celtic, Gaelic, Anglo Saxon and Black African ideas mixed and germinated in wooden lean to's, shacks, tents, wagons and saloons are put on id.

This is for those who can take their music naked without the thrills of production. These are the cries of poverty crying in the dark whilst maintaining their cynicism in the day. Murder Ballads are all about loss.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Way Out Worst, 11 Aug 2010
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Title sounds promising given the state of the nation and you'd expect something hard, astringent and pointed. What you get is a tired compilation of miscellaneous individual recordings. One to miss.
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