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A good collection - but don't look at the cover,
This review is from: Sings Ballads Of The True West (Audio CD)
I had these ballads when they were originally released on vinyl LP's and it's good to have them on CD. Wheras JC explored a different storytelling landscape to that, say, of Marty Robbins (I wish JC had covered a few MR songs), this is still a good collection of both traditional and modern songs about life in the early days of America.
JC's voice is strong and fits well with the darkness of many of the songs. Despite his undoubted abilities as a writer of both good tunes and lyrics, it's very good to hear him sing so many songs from other sources and to fit them into the context of what was to later become known as a 'concept' album.
But as for the cover - don't look too closely or else you'll find yourself looking into the ravaged face of a man who at that time was walking a very fine line indeed between life and death; sanity and depression; hope and despair.
But maybe, after all, that's entirely appropriate in the context of the themes that underlie so many of these songs?
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Initial post: 25 Jun 2011, 21:02:01 BST
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Mystery Martian says:
Thank you for the only substantial customer review I have been able to find on this album so far.
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