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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Mitchell J Bilus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
With the release of his self-titled, first album in 1980, Nile burst onto the music scene, & has never looked back. Immediately drawing comparisons to Bob Dylan & Bruce Springsteen, he was a hit both with critics & fans alike. Sometime after the release of his second album, Golden Down, in 1981, Nile was plagued by record company legal problems, & more or less disppeared from the music scene. The music industry, it seemed, had lost a vital voice & fan favorite...or had it.

Without missing a beat, Nile resurfaced 10 years later, with the release of Places I Have Never Been, which again drew critical acclaim, & yielded some fan favorite cuts, including one that remains a staple of his live shows, Heaven Help The Lonely. But it wasn't until the 2006 release of Streets of New York, that new fans & critics actually began to sit up & take notice of this singer-songwriter, & discovered what a precious few already knew...that Nile was not only a gifted singer & performer, but that he, together with long-time friend, collaborator, & drummer, Frankie Lee, was a prolific songwriter. Together, the duo penned some of the finest lyrics of their careers, & created some of the catchiest hooks to date.

With the current release of The Innocent Ones, now available for a limited time via his website,, with an official release later this year, Nile & Frankie Lee, have again crafted another concept album, that stands apart from the rest of the pack. From start to finish, this album ranks among the best albums of its type ever released. Yielding such catchy tunes as the Clash-like, Can't Stay Home, & the sixties-inspired, My Little Girl, along with the ballads Song For You and Sideways Beautiful, written for Nile's daughter, the real stars here are the title track, & his new anthem, One Guitar, which, if there's any justice in this crazy world, should finally get Nile & company the radio air-time he deserves...

Having just performed at the Light Of Day benfefit concert at the Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park last night, Willie, together with Frankie Lee, and bass guitarist Johnny Pisano, can be found touring all over the planet, with several gigs coming up in the next few months in New Jersey & upstate New York. Check them out when they come to your hometown, so you can see for yourself what the fuss is all about, & don't forget to visit his website, for more info, & to purchase all his available cds.

Mitchell Bilus
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Another gem from Willie April 28 2011
By Chet - Published on
Format: Audio CD
He may be in his early 60s now, but Willie Nile is absolutely in the prime of his career. "The Innocent Ones" is his third terrific album in the last 5 years (following "Streets of New York" and the amazing "House of a Thousand Guitars"). As with his other albums, Willie's songs fit several different genres, and he excels at all of them; there are great ballads like "Song for You" and "Sideways Beautiful," there are terrific pop/rock tunes like "My Little Girl" and "Far Green Hills," and there's the rockin' title song plus "One Guitar" - both of which have sing-a-long choruses that will stay in your head for days. On a letter-grade basis, my rating for this CD would be A-minus. It's a notch below his A+ masterpiece "House of a Thousand Guitars," but it's still my my favorite album of the past year, without a doubt. As other reviewers and I have often asked, why isn't Willie Nile a huge star? It's baffling. One other thing about "The Innocent Ones": The photos on the outside of the CD case (by Thomas Weller) of Willie performing, and the close-up photos inside (by Cristina Arrigoni) of Willie lounging with his guitar are tremendous. Bottom line: Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
One Guitar - Anthem For Freedom March 6 2011
By Michael J. Raven - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is my first ever review, anywhere.

I have loved Willie's music for a while, and finally got round to seeing him last night at The Tralf in Buffalo. Why this man is not a household name is beyond me. If there is any justice in this world, this new CD of his, and 'One Guitar' in particular ought to be monsters. Just before he played 'One Guitar' he started to introduce it and to say something about what his manager had in mind .. then he stopped. Well .. if they are trying to get him to do video for MTV and YouTube, he should listen. As last night's crowd of Willie die-hards went completely bonkers to a song most of them had never heard before, I could see this video of soldiers with no guns, just one guitar, embracing arabs - Shia and Sunni alike - and all of them just jumping up and down singing "Na Na Na Na Na ...." in totally joyous abandon. OK .. I know .. far-fetched and OTT, but it really is that good a song. A total transport to happiness.

I can't recommend this CD highly enough. Not released in the US yet, but you can get it from Amazon UK, or from Willie's website.

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Willie Nile never fails. Nov. 16 2010
By ScottE - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I should of waited for this to be a domestic release, but I couldn't. Why this is an import is beyond me, Willie is as hot as ever in the songwriting and musicial performance. This mostly a upbeat collection, rollers are "Singin' Bell", "One Guitar", "The Innocent Ones", "Hear You Breath", "My Little Girl", Rich And Broken", "Far Green Hills" and love "Topless Amateur" and "Can't Stay Home", with his piano tracks "Song For You" and "Sideways Beautiful". Hirsh Gardner plays drums on this disc, he is from the 70's early 80's arena rock band New England.
Like I said up above I hope this gets a domestic release, but the price is coming down in the z-sellers.
Great sound! May 29 2013
By Donald Henderson - Published on
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Willie Nile is very much influenced by Bob Dylan. If you love Dylan, I know you'll really like this guy!

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