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Hollywood Town Hall (Vinyl) [Limited Edition]

Jayhawks LP Record
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The Jayhawks' breakthrough album is a roots rock classic. "Like folk music, but really loud," is how guitarist Gary Louris liked to describe the Jayhawks, but the reality is more complex--try the country-rock sound of the Flying Burrito Brothers, Neil Young, or the Band married to white-boy soul, bar band rawness, and a slight alternative edge. Hollywood Town Hall is a masterpiece of American songwriting, blending irresistible melodies, ringing guitars, and Louris and Olson's gorgeous harmonies with moody, imagery-rich lyrics. Best cuts: "Waiting for the Sun," "Take Me with You (When You Go)."

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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent vinyl May 18 2013
Format:LP Record|Verified Purchase
I won't comment on the album itself. Most people buying this record already have the cd from years ago. A classic in alt-country. A great job was done on the vinyl. I'll probably never play the cd again. An equally fine job was done on Tomorrow The Green Grass. Don't hesitate on these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh and Alive July 12 2004
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Format:Audio CD
I was actually away for a long weekend in Barcelona in July 2004 and was sitting at a beach bar with friends when the Jayhawks album was played. It was oh so appropriate, beautifully crafted music - and so it was a visit to a record shop secured a first (and not the last) taste of music from a band that sounds so fresh and alive. As they say....enjoy!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breakthrough March 16 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album set the tone not just for the rest of the Jayhawks' albums, but for the burgeoning Americana movement. When you listen to "Two Angels," there's no mistaking how Wilco owes as much to this album as to all of Uncle Tupelo. In a song like "Wichita," you can hear the roots of everything Ryan Adams has cut. "Hollywood Town Hall" is both seminal and a good listen in its own right.
But it's imperfect. There's not a lot of variation, structurally, from one disc to another. It's easy for your attention to wander and the songs to blend together. This is a shame, since each song is thematically distinct; but when the instrumentation sounds the same from track to track, you can miss it.
Some star tracks, like "Nevada, California," or "Sistar Cry," really do stand out, especially if you listen to Americana radio and have heard them before. And all the songs, with there Dylan-like opacity, suggest a much larger story behind what they tell us. This disk really presages everything good that was destined to come out of alt-country in the twelve years between this album and now.
Unfortunately, if you're not already into the genre, this isn't the album for you. But for those of us who love Americana, this is a sort of "Missing Link" album, and much worth listening to. Just remember, if your attention wanders, don't be afraid to listen to it again and again. It will grow on you, and very quickly too.
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Format:Audio CD
This is one of the most amazing albums ever recorded. One of those rare albums that you love to listen to ALL THE WAY THROUGH. Hard to catogorize this music with flavors of southern rock, blues, folk, alt-country, roots rock, etc... I listen to this album a lot and it really continues to age like a fine wine. Pure musical genius! It's a real travesty that this band did not obtain major commercial success, especially with all the trash on the radio these days.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Searching For The Meaning Of Alt-Country March 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
I felt this would be a GREAT purchase, what with my musical history i.e. Neil Young, Byrds, Burrito Bros, Whiskeytown, U. Tupelo, Wilco etc.
It's not happening. I am not sure if I am excited enough to give it 1000 plus spins to make it accessible.
I am continuously searching for this genre but am coming up short.
Pleasant, that's about it.
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