Hollywood Town Hall (Vinyl) Limited Edition
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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)." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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.
That being said, this is easily of the greatest albums ever made. This is the Jayhawks at their finest, and although subsequent albums have been tremendous, none quite lives up to Hollywood Town Hall. You can read descriptions of their 'sound', but it really must be experienced to be appreciated. So go ahead and hit the "Listen to All" button, or just order it already. An absolute must for any alt-country fan, but essentially a must for all music fans.
It is a uniqie, one of a kind treasure for all time.
If one were to create a concrete greatest records of all time list, this would be in the top twenty, without question.
A truly rare gem of a record. This is the kind of thing the sad radio scene has not been playing. Music has been made the past 10-15 years that ecplipses much of the music from the 60's and 7o's. This is one of those records.
And please, enough with the Gram Parsons comparisons. The Jayhawks are light years better, and with a more original sound.
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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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. Read morePublished on May 18 2013 by G. Walsh
If anyone here has ranked this less than 5 stars, he or she needs his or her head examined.Published on Jan. 4 2004 by Mike