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Small Towns & Big Dreams

Paul Brandt Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Paul Brandt is the most awarded Male Country artist in Canadian history. He is the US Country Music Association's choice for the 2005 Global Country Artist of the year. Small Towns & Big Dreams features 11 tracks including the bonus track 'Canadian Man. Universal. 2005.

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's All Good! Jan. 1 2006
By Kim
Format:Audio CD
This was an extremely innovative album, not only for Paul, but for Canadian music as well. Clearly, the intent of this album is far from centered around impressing an American audience. This is the only album I can remember in which all songs are new and recorded live (Save for Canadian Man). And this is certainly the only live album which will ever be recorded in towns like Fort McMurray, Alberta, or Flin Flon, Manitoba. What seemed to be a back-to-basics concept worked superbly in expressing a piece of our unique Canadian identity.
First, I was a bit annoyed that I didn't get a chance to see him on his Small Towns tour. I recall that he drove all across Canada in his 'Canadian Man Van', while occasionally stopping for a 'double double' at Tim Horton's. Anyway, I didn't get a chance to see him because he completely avoided all major cities in Canada, but simply went to the small towns which are always overlooked by other musicians. The result is a very intimate album that incorporates an appreciative and enthusiastic audience.
Since some of his best songs on Calm Before the Storm, I have not heard anything from Paul as unique and innovative as some of the songs found on this album. The first single, Canadian Man, gives a comical and romantic spin on the every-day Canadian stereotype, and although not written by Paul, the song could not have been put together or sung so magnificently by any other artist. However, the problem with this song is that it is not live and therefore sticks out like soar thumb. I feel the album loses some effect or at least the song loses some effect with it's inclusion.
One thing I despise in live albums is over-editing, which I find to be a tiny problem on this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Diamond in the Rough! March 12 2004
By Gabe
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful album! When you think country music; Paul Brandt is at the top of the charts...well, at least he should be. He is definitely the most underated country artist out there. This small town boy from Alberta has been overshadowed by the likes of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim Mcgraw, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, JMM, Brad Paisly and many other well known country singers. Paul Brandt is one of a kind quality, the only artists in the same class as him are Garth Brooks, Tim McGRAW.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Paul once in concert, and the performance was impecable. His live vocals are as good as the CD, unlike many performers out there. Every song he has ever released has been awesome, there are no bad songs on a CD of his. There is no such thing as a "filler" song to Paul, every song on his CD is great. This is a CD you can put on when your mad, sad, or anywhere in between, it's guaranteed to lift your spirits. The messages are deep, the lyrics are powerful, the music will make you laugh, cry, dance, sing, and all in all you will feel warm inside.
Even if your not a country music fan, you'll love it. I also listen to music like eminem, 50 cent, Dmx, so believe me, it can touch all audiences. Paul's music is pure, genuine, honest, and it will bring you hope and encouragement in life. It will leave you with a positive attitude and instill into your heart that love and peace is important and very much attainable in today's world of violence and corrupton. Overall Paul's music is very spirited and uplifting, an influence that we need more of in today's world.
KEEP IT COMING PAUL, CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEXT ALBUM!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Towns And Big Dreams Dec 8 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all I would like to make a corection the Realse date for this album was 2002 not 1969 (Paul was not born yet)
This is a very good album as is all of Pauls albums.
all the songs are great Paul is an excellent song writer and singer. I would recomend this album and all of pauls albums.
Paul is not only a down to earth person but he is also a great friend
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5.0 out of 5 stars "When You Call My Name" Is An Amazing Song! May 23 2009
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, but even if it wasn't, I'd buy it just for the song "When You Call My Song". The song is a heartfelt cry from a man to his creator, a beautiful, transcendent piece of music that's truly spectacular. Close your eyes, listen to the words, and be taken away. Paul Brandt is a gifted artist, and this may be his greatest musical creation yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A True Diamond in the Rough! March 12 2004
By Gabe - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
What a wonderful album! When you think country music; Paul Brandt is at the top of the charts...well, at least he should be. He is definitely the most underated country artist out there. This small town boy from Alberta has been overshadowed by the likes of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Tim Mcgraw, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, JMM, Brad Paisly and many other well known country singers. Paul Brandt is one of a kind quality, the only artists in the same class as him are Garth Brooks, Tim McGRAW.
I've had the pleasure of seeing Paul once in concert, and the performance was impecable. His live vocals are as good as the CD, unlike many performers out there. Every song he has ever released has been awesome, there are no bad songs on a CD of his. There is no such thing as a "filler" song to Paul, every song on his CD is great. This is a CD you can put on when your mad, sad, or anywhere in between, it's guaranteed to lift your spirits. The messages are deep, the lyrics are powerful, the music will make you laugh, cry, dance, sing, and all in all you will feel warm inside.
Even if your not a country music fan, you'll love it. I also listen to music like eminem, 50 cent, Dmx, so believe me, it can touch all audiences. Paul's music is pure, genuine, honest, and it will bring you hope and encouragement in life. It will leave you with a positive attitude and instill into your heart that love and peace is important and very much attainable in today's world of violence and corrupton. Overall Paul's music is very spirited and uplifting, an influence that we need more of in today's world.
KEEP IT COMING PAUL, CAN'T WAIT UNTIL YOUR NEXT ALBUM!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Good Live Album Dec 9 2010
By JDay15 - Published on Amazon.com
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"Small Towns and Big Dreams" was recorded as a live album during several stops on one of Brandt's Canadian tours. In addition to including great music, the connection between Brandt and his audiences is really evident. Some of the best tracks from this record are the title track, "Cry If You Want To," "When You Call My Name," "Virgil and the Holy Ghost," and "The Longest Way." My personal favorite is the rousing "I'm Gonna Fly."

"Small Towns and Big Dreams" contains several uplifting songs fans have come to expect from Brandt. New fans who are looking for stripped down performances and country music with depth should also like this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a great CD! July 6 2008
By A. Oberkrieser - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Paul Brandt has done it yet again! This CD is amazing. A live record of new songs, performed across Canada, to crowds who were unfamiliar with the music, and it still killed! "Cry if You Want To," "Warm Sunny Beaches," and "The Longest Way" stand out as the great songs in this CD. For Paul Brandt fans, this CD is a fabulous find.
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Towns And Big Dreams Dec 8 2003
By J. C. Motes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all I would like to make a corection the Realse date for this album was 2002 not 1969 (Paul was not born yet)
This is a very good album as is all of Pauls albums.
all the songs are great Paul is an excellent song writer and singer. I would recomend this album and all of pauls albums.
Paul is not only a down to earth person but he is also a great friend
5.0 out of 5 stars Small Towns& Big Dreams-Paul Brandt Oct. 16 2005
By Billye Obray - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As always anything by Paul Brandt is fantastic..can't figure out the music market here in the states not recognizing such a fine versatile artist..boy are they missing the bet.. Thanks for giving Pauls fans a chance to own his works..Billye J. Obray Colorado Springs,CO (PS I'm way over 13 yrs old)
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