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  • Audio CD (18 July 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Saint Cecilia Knows / Mountain Retreat
  • ASIN: B00518MVOY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Write a Song a Song/Angeline
  2. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye
  3. I Don't Think Much About Her No More
  4. T. Total Tommy
  5. 33rd of August/When the Baby in My Lady Gets the Blues
  6. San Francisco Mabel Joy
  7. Looks Like Baby's Gone

Disc: 2

  1. An American Trilogy
  2. How Many Times (Must the Piper Be Paid for His Song)
  3. Interlude
  4. The Future's Not What It Used to Be
  5. Mobile Blue
  6. Frisco Depot
  7. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby
  8. Interlude
  9. Remember the Good
  10. Swiss Cottage Place
  11. How I Love Them Old Songs

Disc: 3

  1. Heaven Help the Child
  2. Good Morning Dear
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sweet Memories
  5. Why You Been Gone So Long
  6. Cortelia Clark
  7. Song for Susan
  8. San Francisco Mabel Joy

Disc: 4

  1. If You Want Me To, I'll Go
  2. Sunshine?
  3. Sad Satin Rhyme
  4. Why You Been Gone So Long?
  5. I Don't Wanna Rock
  6. Let Me Stay Awhile
  7. Flower Man
  8. Good Morning Dear
  9. On Top of Old Smokey
  10. Interlude: How Many Times (Has the Piper Been Paid for His Song)
  11. Better Days
  12. How I Love Them Old Songs
  13. I Don't Wanna Rock
  14. Big City Woman
  15. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby

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Newbury's melodious songs of memory, innocence and experience reach the same rarefied strata occupied by Leonard Cohen, Tim Buckley or Scott Walker --Q magazine

A lovingly conceived box set --Mojo

Newbury is able to illuminate mundane moments of private sorrow and make them epic --The Wire

A lovingly conceived box set --Mojo

Newbury is able to illuminate mundane moments of private sorrow and make them epic --The Wire

A lovingly conceived box set --Mojo

Newbury is able to illuminate mundane moments of private sorrow and make them epic --The Wire

A lovingly conceived box set --Mojo

Newbury is able to illuminate mundane moments of private sorrow and make them epic --The Wire

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By Angel Delta TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 July 2011
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The significance of Mickey Newbury as a singer/songwriter cannot be underestimated and his incomparable melodies and literate songs influenced a generation of other songwriters and performers. Kris Kristofferson, no mean songwriter himself, acknowledged Mickey's influence and said that he learned more from him than any other writer. Johnny Cash said simply, "Mickey Newbury is a poet".

By any standard Mickey Newbury was an extraordinary songwriter and an inspired performer defying categorisation. Steve Earle said "his voice blows my mind".

His best known work is undoubtedly "An American Trilogy" the musical montage of "Dixie", "Battle Hymn Of The Republic" and the slave song "All My Sorrows" which became a million seller for Elvis Presley and a regular feature of his live shows.

In a sense the success of this particular song overshadowed most of his other work which is a tragedy because the Newbury canon is simply magnificent.

This attractively packaged set brings together his first three albums: "Looks Like Rain" (1969): "Frisco Mabel Joy" (1971) (which contains "An American Trilogy") and "Heaven Help The Child" (1973). This is a stunning trilogy that, commercially, went absolutely nowhere but which received great critical acclaim. This was another tragedy not only for Mickey Newbury but for all those people who have never been privileged to hear three of the greatest Americana albums ever recorded. (The fourth disc in the set collects demos, rarities and unreleased material).

No words of praise can be too extravagant for this triple pinnacle of elegance, haunting beauty and the art of performance and I make no apologies for using them. These recordings are emotionally draining in their grandeur which seems to come from another world.
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This entire 4CD collection is superb, but, the crowning glory is CD2, ''Frisco Mabel Joy'. Like Dennis Wilson's 'Pacific Ocean Blue', 'Frisco...' is a lost classic, unavailable on CD and hard to find on vinyl. But the wait has been worth it...if I was about to embark on my desert island sojourn, this box set would be one of my selections. There are obvious comparisons to John Stewart, Kris Kristofferson and others, but this stuff is essential Americana, and at a superb price. Turn the lights down, relax, and immerse yourself in this remarkable music.
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Originally issued in Germany (Berlin) in May 2011 as a pricey box set with a 95-page booklet and fold-out map containing the lyrics on the other side (now deleted) - this 'altered' reissue followed only months after (August 2011). As you can imagine - fans that forked out over sixty-five pounds/ninety dollars for the initial import were a tad peeved and felt taken for a ride. However (and there's no meanness intended here) - you'd have to say that their loss is very much our gain - because this scaled-down reissue finally makes Mickey Newbury's extraordinary music available to us all - and at a reasonable price too - eighteen to twenty pounds/thirty dollars for 4CDs worth.

Released 23 August 2011 on Saint Cecelia Knows/Mountain Retreat CEC001R - this reissue comes in a 5-way foldout card-pack with cardboard-colored front artwork (instead of the black embossed original) and a curtailed booklet of 24-pages (no map either). The CDs are the same as the initial issue and break down as follows:

Disc 1 (41:31 minutes): Tracks 1 to 7 are his debut album "Looks Like Rain" - issued in the USA on Mercury Records SR 61236 in September 1969
1. Write A Song A Song/Angeline
2. She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
3. I Don't Think Much About Her No More
4. T. Total Tommy
5. 33rd Of August/When The Baby In My Lady Gets The Blues
6. San Francisco Mabel Joy
7. Looks Like Baby's Gone

Disc 2 (38:53 minutes): Tracks 1 to 11 are his 2nd album "'Frisco Mabel Joy" - issued in the USA on Elektra Records EKS-74107 in October 1971
1. An American Trilogy
2. How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)
3. Interlude
4. The Future's Not What It Used To Be
5. Mobile Blue
6. Frisco Depot
7.
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More than 40 years on, the early LPs have been released onto CD in this set. Not before time. The iconic Frisco Mabel Joy has long been rated one of the best albums of all time (by me, anyway!). Heaven Help the Child is also included, which is also a very fine album. Looks Like Rain makes up the trio of former LPs. There are fantastic, emotive, songs on all of the albums. The 4th CD is a collection of previously unreleased material. It's an excellent addition to the set.
If Mickey Newbury is your thing, you will welcome this set and cherish it forever; if you are new to his song, his singing, his simple effective guitar style and his stunning, evocative arrangements, this set might well leave you wanting to hear more.
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This has to be the ultimate c.d. for anyone, that includes the people who have heard of MICKEY N. but not actually HEARD his music
for the ones who have thought, maybe i should get one of his....then can I suggest you buy, beg, borrow this wonderful set of music magic, listen to it, best done whilst you are in a quiet place, just settle back and absorb the beauty of this late genius.
Listen to his trilogy,I BET THAT YOU WILL BE REALLY MOVED BY THE MAGIC OF IT.
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