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  • Audio CD (16 Jan. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: Mordam Records
  • ASIN: B000003STZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,625 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Thin White Rope - Ruby Sea - Cd

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I originally bought this album in the early 1990s on the basis of a glowing Melody Maker review (definitely no guarantee of quality ). But for once the magazine got it right. This is definitely one of the finest albums in my music collection. There is very much a country feel to the album but its a lot harder than most of the music that is currently labelled alt country. Stand out tracks include the title track, "bartender's rag" and the gorgeous "lady vanishes". But there are no real duds. A true hidden gem.
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Without shadow of a doubt this is one of the great rock albums of the nineties and the fact it got lost amongst the maelstrom that was grunge is so bloody typical it could be a crap England performance in a friendly. Thin White Rope released a number of terrific albums - "Sack Full Of Silver", In The Spanish Cave"- but The Ruby Sea is their consummate masterpiece, a scabrous sandblasted marvel of an album.

Led by Guy Kyser whose vocals sound like they come the throat of some unfortunate mummified being who's been sucking on hot air and scorched grit for a few centuries this band specialise in songs that evolve around shifting plates of scalding guitar , eerie tendrils of feedback and percussion that seems to evolve from the bowels of hell. Not a cheery proposition then, but this is music with a dramatic and compelling frisson and most importantly it all hangs on some truly outstanding songs.

From the grinding rhythms of the opening title track to the sprightly swing of "Bartenders Rag" in which Kyser wants it "To wipe away my blues ", to the gorgeously melodic strains of "The Lady Vanishes" The Ruby Sea is a desolate joy( oxymoron alert) from beginning to end. Best of all is "Up To Midnight" where guest vocalist Joanna Galos -Dopkins counterpoints Keyers parched tones with her own sweet high range and then the song segues into the hypnotic "Hunters Moon" which has a circulating riff and sinuous bass that is downright gripping.

At least I can spare you the usual lament that this should be re-issued on CD and soon as here it is available on CD and well you really should investigate further and buy the bloody thing.
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`The Ruby Sea', Thin White Rope's final album, shows that this band split at the height of their powers. This is their most accomplished and carefully crafted set of songs. The raw Desert Rock power of earlier records, guitars played at the edge of distortion, is refined here to give a cleaner sound and show the band as masters of their art.

The record has a world-weary, slightly melancholic air. Songs like `Hunters Moon' and `Puppet Dog' build up tension and drama gradually through guitar riffs and insistent drumming but in a controlled way. Guy Kyser's vocals are strong and powerful throughout, conveying his tales of regret, failure and small-town weirdness with powerful emotion.

The record is richly varied: `Christmas Skies' and `Bartender's Rag' are nearly straight-up country in their sound, the latter's amusingly self-critical lyric of alcohol dependency being particularly well-served by this style. But there is great power too, `The Fish Song' is a real hair-raising rock monster with a terrific lyric about `the one that got away' - a reference to the band's lack of commercial success perhaps? There is even room for a delicate duet with a female vocalist on the lovely `Up to Midnight'

`The Ruby Sea' really is the complete American rock album - music of great compositional acumen; emotional, powerful and varied. Don't let this neglected jewel pass you by.
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Nothing to add to other reviews. A great album...but if you are an old TWR fan, you should check out Mummydogs...

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By Richard Cody - Published on Amazon.com
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This was the recording that introduced me to Thin White Rope and, after buying two of their earlier efforts ("In the Spanish Cave" and "Sack Full of Silver"), it remains my favorite. This underrated band possessed a unique sound amid the late 80's and early 90's clutter of indie and lo-fi rock n' roll - a sound that I believe is crystallized on this album. It is easy and true enough to label "The Ruby Sea" a rock album. It is, however, a rock n' roll haunted by the ghost of a distant punk influence, shaped by a poetic vision of the human condition and unafraid to blur genres. There are moments of somber, almost gothic, introspection ("Puppet Dog" and "The Fish Song" for instance) and times when a twisted country influence seems to shine through ("Bartender's Rag", "Christmas Skies"). Each track, different as one may seem from another, fits perfectly into the whole that is "The Ruby Sea", resulting in a disc that demands to be played and played again.
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By Robert Mccrary - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Sure, they had a sense of humor, but "Hunter's Moon" is scary and wound as tight as a tick. I found this on cassette for 50 cents about 15 years ago, and it remains my favorite of their recordings, although "Moonhead" is a close second. Both are essential, and I'll even throw in "Sack Full Of Silver" for a trinity.
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