Always Take Me Back

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Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though short-lived in the radio format arena, the Americana movement broke barriers between country, blues, bluegrass, and folk. One who has capitalized on this freer world is vocalist John Cowan, formerly of the progressive New Grass Revival band. Always Take Me Back, tightly produced by Wendy Waldman, erases so many genre boundaries that it defies classification. Cowan and his band rock out on the old blues standard “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” blend Bela Fleck and the Who in their interpretation of John Anderson’s “Long Distance Runaround,” and put rockabilly on speed for Richard Ford’s “Two Quarts Low.” Cowan’s amazing tenor voice is at its sweetest on his own ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Roberta Penn
Though short-lived in the radio format arena, the Americana movement broke barriers between country, blues, bluegrass, and folk. One who has capitalized on this freer world is vocalist John Cowan, formerly of the progressive New Grass Revival band. Always Take Me Back, tightly produced by Wendy Waldman, erases so many genre boundaries that it defies classification. Cowan and his band rock out on the old blues standard “Sittin’ on Top of the World,” blend Bela Fleck and the Who in their interpretation of John Anderson’s “Long Distance Runaround,” and put rockabilly on speed for Richard Ford’s “Two Quarts Low.” Cowan’s amazing tenor voice is at its sweetest on his own material. On “Call Me” it's elastic and easy, with an occasional R&B growl thrown in for passion; for the family-ties tune “Blood” and the romantic “Love Alone," it's pure pop; then he returns to driving bluegrass for “Monroe’s Mule.” With this combination of styles, Always Take Me Back is headed straight into the hearts of the progressive folk audience. And bluegrass fans will be forgiving, because in his own way, and through most of the set’s instrumentation, Cowan stays true to his roots.
All Music Guide - Jesse Jarnow
John Cowan's Always Take Me Back is layered with the slick sheen of production. The former New Grass Revival bassist/vocalist is in fine form vocally, though the material feels a little cluttered. The emotionally raw "18 Years," for example, is covered by a thick gloss. What should be snapping drums and penetrating acoustic guitars are filtered through a variety of shiny doublings. Cowan makes up for this somewhat with his wailiing, plaintive vocals.
Billboard - Ray Waddell
A first-class effort all the way around.

A first-class effort all the way around.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/2/2002
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891393223
  • Catalog Number: 3932
  • Sales rank: 334,706

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 They Always Take Me Back (3:50)
  2. 2 Someone Give Me a Stone (3:58)
  3. 3 Sitting on Top of the World (4:29)
  4. 4 Long Distance Runaround (4:32)
  5. 5 Blood (4:32)
  6. 6 18 Years (4:44)
  7. 7 Read On (4:31)
  8. 8 In My Father's Field (3:46)
  9. 9 Two Quarts Low (2:50)
  10. 10 Call Me (3:15)
  11. 11 Monroe's Mule (2:22)
  12. 12 Love Alone (3:01)
  13. 13 Mr. Banjo (2:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Cowan Primary Artist, Bass, Electric Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals
Bill Lloyd 12-string Guitar
Wendy Waldman Piano, Vocals
Luke Bulla Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Darrell Scott Mandolin
Scott Vestal Banjo, Vocals
Randy Kohrs Dobro, Guitar, Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Pasi Leppikangas Percussion, Drums
Jeff Autry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Wendy Waldman Producer
Michael Boshears Engineer
John Cowan Songwriter, Liner Notes
Jim DeMain Mastering
Scott Vestal MIDI
Randy Kohrs Contributor
Mark Nubar Programming, drum programming
John Cowan Band Arranger
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