Saturday, 4 February 2012

Uncut Magazine 16: Sounds of the New West - September 1998


UNCUT NW 5: Sounds of the New West - September 1998

"The Best of Alternative Country"

1. Hazeldine – Tarmac
2. The Flying Burrito Brothers – Sin City
3. Josh Rouse – Suburban Sweetheart
4. Emmylou Harris – Wrecking Ball Vocals [Harmony] – Neil Young
5. The Pernice Brothers – Crestfallen
6. Neal Casal – Today I'm Gonna Bleed
7. Kate Campbell – Crazy In Alabama
8. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Evening Mass
9. Wagon – Two Hours Alone
10. Freakwater – Lorraine
11. Vic Chesnutt – Until The Led
12. Calexico – Trigger
13. The Handsome Family – Weightless Again
14. Lambchop – Saturday Option
15. Silver Jews – How To Rent A Room
16. Will Oldham – Apocalypse, No!
17. Sixteen Horsepower – Coal Black Horses
18. The Walkabouts – On The Beach Composed By – Neil Young 
19. Nadine – Dark Light
20. Emmylou Harris – Boulder To Birmingham (live)
 
Artwork By (Design) - Norman MacLeod
Compilation Producer - Robin Allan
Compiled By - Allan Jones, Roy Carr
Format: mp3 @ 320kbps
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  2. Just did a little experiment tonight. This Collection I only acquired recently but of course Uncut had been informing my listening habits for several years so I searched my hard drive for the artists on this particular compilation and found I had albums by no less than 10 of the artists on this compilation. Found 22 albums by those artists, most of which I haven't really had the chance to give any serious exposure to my ears. Might review them on my blog soon as part of my Uncut and Americana extravaganza I am subjecting my ears too at the present.

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  3. There are always plenty of great songs on these compilations and of course some that are OK but not inspiring. Rarely have I found songs that I detest even though I have about 140 of these CDs now and quite often there is a song that just bowls me over and forces me to go and buy their music, which is why these comps exist. Any how, the one on this set that blew me away and has become a firm favourite is The Flying Burrito Brothers "Sin City" which actually turns up again on a future Uncut CD which is where I heard it first. A masterpiece of country rock, although more country than rock. A five star classic. Another lesser highlight that I am familiar with from another Compilation I have is "Tarmac" by Hazeldine, a three star number. Many of the rest on this set become regulars in Uncut and on these comps and overall are a good set of songs although I have heard better from some of these acts. Kate Campbell has a lovely voice supporting her country/folk style, another 3 star song. The twin female vocal attack on Freakwaters laid-back "lorraine" is also worthy of a mention. One of the better Lambchop songs I have heard, not a band that I enjoy much at all. After some slower numbers that really don't impress me too much, my attention is caught again by the wonderful 16 Horsepower with a real toe tapper in the excellent 4 star song "coal Black horses".

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    1. I'll be posting the second outing for the Flying Burrito Brothers shortly. I know what you mean by masterpiece of country rock though. Gram Parsons was a visionary and the godfather of the Alt Country genre. This album is considered by many to have opened up Alt Country to the wider British public... so somewhat of a musical landmark.

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  4. Wow...amazed that this blog exists. I've just got around to putting this disc into my itunes and was searching for artwork when I found you. This particular Uncut CD has probably influenced my musical tastes more that any other disc/magazine/radio-show anywhere in the world. etc. I went into a record store very shortly after this cd came out looking for The Pernice Brothers. They didn't have that one but they bit have The Flying Burrito Brothers! The rest is history.

    I have over 200 Uncut cds in a (large) box so there may be some spares I can provide if you have a list of any you're missing.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. I'm glad you're enjoying the blog. The Alt. Country/Americana series were revelations for me back in the day and it's still one of my favourite genres.

      I suppose I started the blog because a lot of this stuff is becoming increasingly hard to find. The CDs and the magazine were huge influences on my musical tastes over the years so my hope was to share with others who are missing some from their collections and to introduce the music to those who have never heard it before.

      Do you happen to have any of the really early CDs I've listed on the side? I'd be keen to get copies of those. Otherwise I've got a few holes to fill along the way.

      Cheers!

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    2. No problem. I do have a few of the CDs on the side but it's taking a while to find some of them. I found the "unknown pleasures disc and can rip it at 320kbps if you like. Just let me know what site you'd prefer it uploaded to and I'll send you the link.

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    3. Definitely any of the earlier releases would be appreciated. You can upload to anywhere that offers free downloads. I'd be happy to credit you for the rips too if you'd like.

      Cheers!

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    4. Hi Gram, I managed to get Unknown Pleasures and Screenadelica off someone else, which I'll be posting shortly. If you can find any of the others I've listed that would be great.

      Cheers!

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  5. Cool Gram, I too am itching to hear any of the early Cds. looking forward to it.

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  6. No problem...sorry about being too slow with the upload. That Unknown Pleasures is really a gem!

    I'm planning an expedition into the attic over the weekend and should find something from your list.

    Good to see you're getting followers...I was worried I was the only person in the world with a Uncut CD problem.

    On a side note I could start a Mojo blog too

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    1. I'm afraid you've been beaten to the punch with the Mojo Magazines. Willards Wordholes has the entire collection online here.. http://www.willardswormholes.com/?p=9401. A great blog to check out though, there's some amazing albums he's been posting lately.

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    2. I'm really looking forward to the 4AD disc.

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  7. This CD alone totally sold me on Uncut as a magazine and this type of music. Once you heard the utter genius that is Evening Mass then nothing else will suffice. Great blog!

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    1. Thanks! An Americana milestone for many to be sure. This album opened up a whole new world of music for me that is constantly expanding

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  8. Ahhhh, Thank you! How long has this site been up? I looked for something similar a few years back to no avail. Thank you. This brings back so much memories.

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    1. This album is a particular favourite of many! Thanks for visiting. The site has been up for a little under 2 years. I'm slowing adding new content but don't want to rush it. There's a lot of good music to discover thanks to Uncut's impeccable taste.

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  9. Hi there, very enjoyable blog. I have box full of Uncut, Word, Mojo CDs from 1998 up to about 2008. Some real gems therein. Let me know if you need any. I went to put Sounds Of The New West onto my phone today but unfortunately it seems that I left that one out of the box and it's now buried beneath shelves of DVDs and other CDs located behind an expedit. Is there any chance that you could re-up the link as it is going to that Duck site? Thanks very much.

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    1. New link is up. Thanks for your support.

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  10. Can't get link to work--possible to reup?

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    1. New link is up. Thanks for your support.

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    2. Many many thanks! Great blog!

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