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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Oct. 20 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00000DBXX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,203 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Rainin'
2. Second Guessing
3. I Am
4. Breakin' Me
5. Wander This World
6. Walking Away
7. The Levee
8. Angel Of Mercy
9. Right Back
10. Leaving To Stay
11. Before You Hit The Ground
12. Cherry Red Wine

Product Description

One would think that jumping into the pop-rock marketplace after being branded a blues player might confuse a 17-year-old guitar whiz. No way. Jonny Lang, with the lucid advice of ace producer David Z, understands the role of the blues as solid ground for someone who wants to take flight with intelligent, well-crafted music that has a wide audience. His second album's strengths lie with his gruffly appealing singing voice and his lean, razor-edged guitar phrases. The material is solid, with songs that range stylistically from the ingratiating funk number "I Am" (a hitherto unrecorded David Z and Prince composition), to the it-sure-sounds-like-a-rock-hit "Still Rainin'" (complete with thunderous chords and soulful female backup singers), to a griddle-hot take on the late Chicago blues guitarist Luther Allison's "Cherry Red Wine." All 12 songs are of a piece, tied together by Lang's unassailable musical integrity and his freshness of vision. And R&B master guitarist Steve Cropper is on hand in the Minneapolis recording studio to insure the soulful vibe. --Frank- John Hadley

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lysa Parker ( on Feb. 18 2004
Format: Audio CD
Jonny Lang has it -- whatever it is -- call it musical integrity, roots, passion, feel or a simple and real sense of the song. His age is irrelevant. He had it as a kid and is only getting better and more refined. And his songwriting is just as inspired. I'm a huge fan of the blues and you cannot deny the wondrous blues foundation of Johnny's music. It's in the heart of his performance. No wonder it's so soulful, free-spirited and without any posturing or self-importance. I fell in love with this record on my first play. There's no need to keep Jonny in the traditional 16-bar blues format -- he's got a lot to say and he needs a mosaic of musical styles in which to create. Bravo Jonny! This endorsement comes from a 30-something-year-old singer/songwriter who takes her music very seriously. You have captured my attention and I look forward to all you have to offer now and in the future! You're a breath of much-needed fresh air in this "business" of music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 12 2003
Format: Audio CD
A friend gave this CD to me for a birthday present. Since listening to the songs the first time, I have been hooked on Jonny. This CD has everything from Rock/blues, ballads, to Louisana Blues! There is something for everyone. This CD also shows how much this young man is maturing in his talents. A MUST have for anyone that likes good music! It hooked me on this man...and I have no doubt that it will do the same for you!
Walkin' Away, Breakin' Me, Cherry Red Wine, I very favorites...but ALL are great tunes.
Enjoy your purchase, it's worth every penny!
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Format: Audio CD
Okay, so I read all the hype and had to give it a listen. It sound's like trouble from day one, you just can't have a kid that young singing the blues. That's the conventional wisdom, but hey, you never know till you actually hear the dude.

Unfortunately it is true.. he is too young. It's not that this CD is bad by any means, in fact it is pretty good. Its very well made and the vocal and instrumental performances are all pretty much top grade. There is a slight problem however.. it's just not real.. it's as phoney as a 3 dollar bill.

It's nothing new for white kids to sing like black bluesmen, Mick Jagger made his fortune from that, but mostly he just sang covers, as tributes to the originals. Mr Lang seems to have completely submerged himself in another persona while singing, and he comes across as a caricature of what he perceives a blues singer to be. This is not his fault, it all comes with being young and inexperienced and foolish. (Thats what being young is). The fault lies with him releasing recordings in the first place. He is obviously a very talented individual, but he should be paying his dues, not ringing up the cash register. There are foundations that must be laid and years of preparation before releasing your work to the masses.

I for one will be eagerly awaiting what Mr Lang has to offer in years to come, once he has matured to the point of being taken seriously. Until that time he would be better served by not releasing any music, unless he wants to play down to his own level. There's nothing wrong with kids playing pop/punk/whatever. I loved punk with its simplistic purity. It's phoney for 50-60 year old has beens to play kids music, and it's equally phoney for kids to pretend they're adults. To thine own self be true.
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By Barry on July 8 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was so thrilled when I discovered this guy just here recently. I immediatley purchased his excellent "Lie To Me" CD. I was an instant fan. What a talent!. What music!. I rushed to get this CD soon after. I wasn't disappointed. Sure there were things that weren't as good as the previous CD, but there were songs that made up for it. The CD starts off with a great rocking song called "Still Rainin'". This is a song that sounds as if it were written, recorded and released to be a classic. It has all the right ingredients. Great. A stand out track is a slower ballad called "Breakin' Me". This song is worth buying the CD. It is definitley one of the nicest surprises I've encountered in music here lately. A wonderful song. The up tempo songs here are just as good as on "Lie To Me". "Right Back" is just fun. It has a great hook. "Angel Of Mercy" is a jammin' bluesy/rock song. A real great track. The last two songs here are both up tempo rockers. A cover of Luther Allison's "Cherry Red Wine" which is smokin', and the bouncy "Before You Hit The Ground". There are a few tracks here that don't work for me. A cover version of the Prince song "I Am" is a disappointment. It's boring and doesn't really go anywhere. "The Levee" could of been good, but it just loses it and you lose interest. "Second Guessing" has a good, catchy melody, but the rest doesn't live up to how fun the melody is. "Leaving To Stay" is drab, and the title track, "Wander This World", seems to, well, wander. The last good track here is "Walking Away". It sounds like a classic hit song. It has a good hook in the lyric. I like it. As always, Jonny's guitar playing is astounding.Read more ›
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