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  • Audio CD (March 23 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Coyote
  • ASIN: B0001L3MDA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

1. A Little Like Me
2. Nothing To Prove
3. Falling
4. Crazywomen
5. Wheel
6. Fool's Tale
7. Tattoo
8. Today
9. Fade

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According to Jupiter Coyote co-founder Matthew Mayes, their eighth release is named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the top of Mount Everest. The "step" is the final 200 feet of the climb, where it is said one either gives up and turns back, dies, or makes it to the summit. With "The Hillary Step," this five-piece Brevard-based band is set to enjoy a fantastic view from the top of the mountain, while the modern music world of American Idol pan-flashes and Janet Jackson body-flashes keeps falling down around them.
A more "relaxed" offering than other Jupiter Coyote collections, "The Hillary Step" is packed with songs that carry life lessons more so than stories -- lessons such as: don't wear yourself out by chasing the all-too-often empty corporate dream ("Nothing To Prove" and "Wheel"); love is at times bittersweet ("Falling" and "Today"); take time to appreciate beauty around you ("Tattoo"); and the benefits of challenging oneself versus meandering through life ("A Little Like Me" and "Fool's Tale").
Written and sung by drummer Noel Felty, "A Little Like Me" starts the Hillary Step hike on its way with a tune of personal growth, relationships, and a tip of the hat to his band mates. Felty shows that his songwriting prowess is right up there with that of his uncle John (guitars) Felty and Mayes, while his vocals cast shadows of a younger Gregg Allman. Also highlighting the younger Felty's all-around musicianship are "Fool's Tale" and "Today." The first is steeped in a rollicking Irish-style rhythm (accentuated by fiddle-and-bow man Steve Trisman), later giving way to a more slippery, funky beat. If you pay close enough attention to this same song on the concert DVD (included with the studio cd), you'll hear a different chorus.
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Jupiter Coyote have done it yet again. While most bands are lucky to have 1 or 2 solid albums, JC have done it 8 times. How this band has not broke it big is beyond me. The Hillary Step continues a natural progression for the band towards a more polished sound in the studio. I am very impressed by the 4 songs written by the drummer Noel Felty. He has added some songwriting punch to the band. Of course, I have and always am impressed by the songs Matt Mayes contributes to the albums. Same goes for John Felty. I am really impressed by the progressions in each song. JC is well known for changing rhythyms right in the middle of a song. Throughout the album's 9 tracks, I hear things w/in the songs that I can draw from virtually each of the band's previous efforts. Standout tracks include A Little Like Me, Fool's Tale, Tattoo, and Wheel. I don't know why I even list standout tracks. They're all great. That's how it goes with a JC album. JC combines traditional rock, southern rock, blend it with the coolest mountain rock sound you've ever heard, blues, bluegrass, etc... They've been compared to the Allmans and Widespread Panic. JC has their own sound and it's one that I love. I've followed these guys since the first album. They're one of a VERY few bands I still love as much as the first time I spun Cemeteries and Junkyards. Way to go guys on a great album.
The DVD included with this will tell you all you need to know about the live show. JC set it on fire with this concert filmed down in Charleston, SC. The DVD makes this the perfect purchase. You WILL NOT be disappointed by what you see and hear on this DVD. It's got the long jams in there, the concise 3 1/2 min.- 4 1/2 min. songs, and everything in between. ALL HAIL JUPITER COYOTE!!!
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This is a huge release from JC. A new studio CD with a full concert DVD in there also; 5/1 digital surround sound. This is the best of both JC worlds.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful view from the top of The Hillary Step April 12 2004
By Philip - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
According to Jupiter Coyote co-founder Matthew Mayes, their eighth release is named for Sir Edmund Hillary, the first man to climb to the top of Mount Everest. The "step" is the final 200 feet of the climb, where it is said one either gives up and turns back, dies, or makes it to the summit. With "The Hillary Step," this five-piece Brevard-based band is set to enjoy a fantastic view from the top of the mountain, while the modern music world of American Idol pan-flashes and Janet Jackson body-flashes keeps falling down around them.
A more "relaxed" offering than other Jupiter Coyote collections, "The Hillary Step" is packed with songs that carry life lessons more so than stories -- lessons such as: don't wear yourself out by chasing the all-too-often empty corporate dream ("Nothing To Prove" and "Wheel"); love is at times bittersweet ("Falling" and "Today"); take time to appreciate beauty around you ("Tattoo"); and the benefits of challenging oneself versus meandering through life ("A Little Like Me" and "Fool's Tale").
Written and sung by drummer Noel Felty, "A Little Like Me" starts the Hillary Step hike on its way with a tune of personal growth, relationships, and a tip of the hat to his band mates. Felty shows that his songwriting prowess is right up there with that of his uncle John (guitars) Felty and Mayes, while his vocals cast shadows of a younger Gregg Allman. Also highlighting the younger Felty's all-around musicianship are "Fool's Tale" and "Today." The first is steeped in a rollicking Irish-style rhythm (accentuated by fiddle-and-bow man Steve Trisman), later giving way to a more slippery, funky beat. If you pay close enough attention to this same song on the concert DVD (included with the studio cd), you'll hear a different chorus. Other hidden surprises scattered throughout the cd include guest musician appearances by Count Mbutu (percussion), Matt Weldon (bass), Beth Wood (backing vocals), Phillip Lamonds (mandolin), and former Jupiter Coyote member Robert Soto (congas). Bittersweet mental imagery is sparked by "Today," an ode to loves or might-have-beens that most everyone has experienced at one time.
Mayes penned what, to me, is the cornerstone song of this collection, "Nothing To Prove." Anyone who has ever had the desire to leave the dog-eat-dog competitiveness of the 9 to 5 world will be inspired to lean towards a simpler life while listening to this cut. Love gone bad is eloquently described in "Falling," with lines such as "Unrealistic expectations and a vision of love blinded with conditions...There's no way to change whatever is going to be, as we both go our separate ways through life's mystery." Long-time followers of Jupiter Coyote will be happy to hear a new take on the concert staple "Crazy Women" (from the debut cd, "Cemeteries and Junkyards"), this time around described as being the "groove" version.
Another "don't buy into the often empty corporate dream" view is held in "Wheel." The underlying lesson here is to keep hold of the "wheel" that guides your heart...don't allow the world's road to dictate your path. In Mayes' own words, "success is a roof over your head and food to eat...ask anyone who lived through the Depression." This is one of the most harmony-laden songs on "The Hillary Step," sounding much like vintage Doobie Brothers classics. "Tattoo" uses the image of a simple flower to convey an appreciation for the beauty and strength in the delicate things surrounding us.
The final track, "Fade," is an instrumental, starting off as gentle and easy as a mountain sunrise out of a pale mist via Mayes' infectious rhythm, which soon is avalanched by the jamming sounds of drummer Felty and fiddler Trisman.
Not to be left out are the "Duke" of Jupiter Coyote, guitarist John Felty, or bassist Sanders Brightwell....check out Felty's trademark tones on the lead breaks in "A Little Like Me" and "Fool's Tale," as well as his riffs in "Tattoo" and "Falling." Brightwell holds The Hillary Step in check with his always-solid and steady bass lines.
To borrow a line from "Nothing To Prove," "it's life's simple things so often times overlooked, just like the chapter missing in a real good book..." Don't allow "The Hillary Step" to be a missing chapter in your music collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jupiter Coyote has set a new precedent for themselves!! March 30 2004
By jonathan dusenbury - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Seriously, and without prejudice, I am absolutely astounded at what was coming through my speakers the first time I put this disc on. This will be one of those select albums that once you listen to it completely, you'll start it over and listen to it again. The boys have written a studio album instead of writing an album that was trying to duplicate their live sound. Noel Felty, the drummer, wrote four of the songs and takes over lead vocals on three. John Felty lays down some of his best work resulting in a project full of harmonizing vocals and layers of instruments that are clear and concise, that normally would simply be lost in a live setting. There are 28 layers of instrumentation alone in the song "Today." Matthew Mayes plays his banjo and guijo (his custom guitar/banjo hybrid)with such fervor that you can feel his emotion coming through the speakers. Steve Trisman simply sets his fiddle on fire. One of the first things I did when I received the disc was to break out a pair of headphones so I could fully appreciate all this album has to give. Again, without bias, the band has simply outdone themselves this time. And that is just the album!!
The DVD is the full concert from April 3, 2003 from the Windjammer in Charleston, SC. The concert is presented in 2:35:1 aspect, in full 5.1 surround sound. Your sub will certainly get a great workout with Sanders Brightwell on the bass. Special guests include Darius Rucker of Hootie and the Blowfish and Hank Futch and Bobby Houck from the Blue Dogs. Count Mbutu also sat in on the entire show. Without avoiding all of the typical clichés of a record review, do yourself a favor and pick this up as soon as possible, but also contact me to let me know what you think. Congratulations, fellas.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Another superb effort from one of the best bands in the US April 2 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Jupiter Coyote have done it yet again. While most bands are lucky to have 1 or 2 solid albums, JC have done it 8 times. How this band has not broke it big is beyond me. The Hillary Step continues a natural progression for the band towards a more polished sound in the studio. I am very impressed by the 4 songs written by the drummer Noel Felty. He has added some songwriting punch to the band. Of course, I have and always am impressed by the songs Matt Mayes contributes to the albums. Same goes for John Felty. I am really impressed by the progressions in each song. JC is well known for changing rhythyms right in the middle of a song. Throughout the album's 9 tracks, I hear things w/in the songs that I can draw from virtually each of the band's previous efforts. Standout tracks include A Little Like Me, Fool's Tale, Tattoo, and Wheel. I don't know why I even list standout tracks. They're all great. That's how it goes with a JC album. JC combines traditional rock, southern rock, blend it with the coolest mountain rock sound you've ever heard, blues, bluegrass, etc... They've been compared to the Allmans and Widespread Panic. JC has their own sound and it's one that I love. I've followed these guys since the first album. They're one of a VERY few bands I still love as much as the first time I spun Cemeteries and Junkyards. Way to go guys on a great album.
The DVD included with this will tell you all you need to know about the live show. JC set it on fire with this concert filmed down in Charleston, SC. The DVD makes this the perfect purchase. You WILL NOT be disappointed by what you see and hear on this DVD. It's got the long jams in there, the concise 3 1/2 min.- 4 1/2 min. songs, and everything in between. ALL HAIL JUPITER COYOTE!!!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
JC To The Top April 8 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a huge release from JC. A new studio CD with a full concert DVD in there also; 5/1 digital surround sound. This is the best of both JC worlds.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A BIG LET DOWN. Aug. 27 2006
By Mark53 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The problem with Coyote is that whilst instrumentally they are excellant, their songwriting skills leave a lot to be desired and on this the problem is more predominant than anything before. Whereas say 'waxing moon' was pretty consistant and easily their best, this is so laid back that it hard to find anything half decent on it. There is little jamming and ideas where a good jam could be utilised are never expanded on. A lot of the songs are strung together in a haphazardous way with no semblance of continuity. At the end it is just dull, lacking any of the fire of say 'cemeteries' or 'ghost dance' Big dissapointment. The DVD isn't much better, whereas on the live album you could concentrate on the music because as a stage band they are pretty stagnant. I'm not saying they should run about like dervishes, but a little movement would of helped. I guess with a few beers it would be passable, but stone cold sober it is just uninspiring. I can't ever see Coyote moving anywhere but being a half decent club band. On stage they have an energy level of zilch.


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