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PETER, PAUL & MARY "the best of"  vinyl, 1967:

these guys(and gal) are up there with The Seekers for sure not only in terms
of harmonies but their choice of songs and the fact theres two guys and one superb 
female vocalist....
some of my favourite artists were part of that folk scene (Byrds, Mamas & Papas etc...)
superb album, but I need to update to cd at some point....

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WILLIE NELSON "God's problem child"  cd,  2017:

apt title because I'm sure Willie was God's problem child more times than he can remember, LMAO....
songs are set in a purely country genre on this album...
theres a tribute to fallen friend Merle Haggard (he wont ever be gone), his views on the 2016 US elections
in "delete and fast forward". but mostly theyre songs about life's regrets, love lost and love songs in general...
album supposedly contains the last recorded performance by Leon Russell who supplied backing vocals to a couple of
another very good album from Mr Nelson...

I think that after many decades of failures with women that Willie may just have worked them out
with this, one of the most beautiful songs  he has ever written...
even Jerome will love this one IMO!

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SLIM DUSTY "where country is"  cd,  1981:

Aah!, real country....
Aussie country singer, really known outside of his homeland, but loved and respected in Lancaster, Ky....
Slim's fifty-second studio album of one hundred and six during his six decade career...
traditional country on here as youd have gathered from the opening line...
the guy was as good as anyone in the game...
a good album...
as a footnote, one of his compilation albums has just spent its 1000th week on the Aussie Country Albums chart...


worst track: mack
best track: where country is


1....G'day Blue **
2....dinkum bushman's hands **
3....where country is ***
4....the big wet is over ***
5....mack ** place on Earth like Australia ** truckie's epitaph **
8....the bogong **
9....the ocker **
10..inigo jones (indigo jones) **
11.Redford **
12.big yabbies from the creek **

3s = 2
2s = 10
1s = 0

rating: 2.1
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STEVEN TYLER "we're all somebody from somewhere" cd, 2016:

debut solo set from the Aerosmith frontman....
filled with Americana, country, and touches of southern rock...
wasn't keen on it when it came out but I bought it anyway knowing (hoping)
it would grow on me, and it has....
reached #1 on the US Country charts, top 20 on the regular US charts and low
chart positions in Canada (#21) and Australia #37....
two pointless covers on here that just don't make sense to me, even though I like them,
and they are Janis' "piece of my heart" and his former band's "Janie's got a gun"...
would love to hear this guy collaborate with Kid Rock at some point, I think they'd
really rock out together doing that Southern/Redneck Rock type stuff


worst track: what am I doing right
best track: gypsy girl

tracks: own worst enemy **
2....we're all somebody from somewhere ***
3....hold on ** aint easy ** is your name **
6....I make my own sunshine **
7....gypsy girl ***
8....somebody new ***
9....only human *
10..the good, the bad, the ugly and me **, white and you *
12..sweet Louisiana *
13..what am I doing right *
14..Janie's got a gun **
15..piece of my heart **

3s = 3
2s = 8
1s = 4

rating: 2.0
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CHRIS STAPLETON "from a room volume II"  cd,  2017:

from Lexington, Ky....
third album....
this guys is REAL country...
possibly even outlaw country....
good solid third album...
have heard his "volume I" album, I prefer this one but i'd
still buy that one also, haven't heard the debut set though...


worst track: drunkards prayer
best track: a simple song


1....millionaire **
2....hard livin' **
3....scarecrow in the garden **
4....nobody's lonely tonight ***
5....tryin' to untangle my mind ***
6....a simple song ***
7....midnight train to Memphis **
8....drunkard's prayer **
9....friendship **

3s - 3
2s - 6
1s - 0

rating:  2.3
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SLIM DUSTY  "walk a country mile"  cd, 1979:

47th studio set from Slim....
all REAL country on this one, as with all his others...
none of those "tear in my beer", "lonesome me" songs with Slim,
he sings about the land, the people and the history of Australia...
another good album from Mr Dusty


least likeable track: territory ringer
favourite track: walk a country mile


1....walk a country mile ***
2....son of Noisy Dan **
3....when the rain tumbles down in July ***
4....Johnny Foster ** my dad played to me **
6....old stock ridin' days **
7...."D" towards the head **
8....the day I went back home **
9....send 'em down Hughie! *** with no beer ***
11..many yesterdays ago **
12..old bush mates of mine **
13..territory ringer * my hour of darkness ***

3s - 5
2s - 8
1s - 1

rating: 2.2
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DAVE EDMUNDS "get it" cd, 1977:

Dave's third solo set...
distinct country, crossover country, rockabilly album here...
thirteen tracks, eight covers...
I only know a couple of the covers so these are originals to me...
my favourite album of his by a country mile...
lovin' most of the tracks...


least likeable track: back to school days
favourite track: worn out suits, brand new pockets


1....get out of Denver ***
2....I knew the bride ***
3....back in school days ** comes the weekend ***
5....worn out suits, brand new pockets ***
6....where or when **
7....Ju Ju man **
8....get it ***
9....lets talk about us ***
10..hey good lookin' ***
11..what did I do last night? **
12..little darling *** baby left me ***

3s - 9
2s - 4
1s - 0

rating: 2.7
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first of two releases by these gals as a "supergroup"....
album had been in the planning for a decade but their individual recording/touring schedules
never allowed these three to be in the same place at the same time....
all old songs on here except for one written by Dolly (wildflowers)…
album sold four million in the US alone, but very little in comparison elsewhere...
their harmonies are sublime and lets face it Emmy-Lou is one of the great harmonising vocalists
on the planet and has been since the 1970s....
two tracks I love on here, hobo's meditation" and the spiritual "farther along", the latter of which
is one of those spiritual songs that no matter who sings it, it still sounds great to me!


least likeable track:  making plans
favourite track: hobo's meditation

1....the pain of loving you **
2....making plans ** know him is to love him **
4....hobo's meditation ***
5....wildflowers **
6....telling me lies ** dear companion **
8....those memories of you **
9....ive had enough **
10..rosewood casket **
11..farther along ***
3s - 2
2s - 9
1s - 0

rating: 2.1
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Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Emmy-Lou Harris "trio II" cd, 1999

their second and final trio album...
much like the first one in that its mostly covers with one solitary original track...
again, the original is a Dolly penned tune...
album didn't sell anywhere near as much as the first one but I like it a whole lot more...
I believe both albums have now been repackaged into a three cd set with the third disk containing
different vocal versions of some of the tracks...


least favourite track: high Sierra
best track: do I ever cross your mind (the Dolly original)


1....lovers return ***
2....high Sierra ** I ever cross your mind ***
4....after the gold rush ***
5....the blue train ***
6....I feel the blue movin' in ***
7....youll never be the sun **
8....he rode all the way to Texas **
9....feels like home ***
10..when we're gone, long gone **

3s - 6
2s - 4
1s - 0

rating: 2.6
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REBA McENTIRE  "love somebody"  cd,  2015:

Reba's 27th studio set of twenty-nine in total...
I own three plus a compilation...
this was a discount bin pick a couple of years ago...
surprised by the quality as I really wasn't a big fan of hers...
nothing bad on here...
some country, mostly crossover, ballads and a couple of rockers...
a pretty good album, not that I have much to compare to though...


least favourite track: enough
favourite track: she got drunk last night


1....going out like that ***
2....enough **
3....she got drunk last night *** aint killed me yet **
5....i'll go on **
6....that's when I knew **
7....until they don't love you **
8....promise me love **
9....just like them horses ** somebody ** land ***
12..pray for love ***
13..whatever way it hurts the least **
14..more than just her last name ***

3s - 5
2s - 9
1s - 0

rating: 2.3

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