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Best of the Sugar Hill Years

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Terry Allen might loosely be described as a singer/songwriter who developed his idiosyncratic style within the Texas roots scene during the 1970s. Loosely, that puts Allen in line with singer/songwriters like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, though he has more in common with a writer-singer like Butch Hancock. But what Hancock and Allen share is less a common style than a penchant for eccentricity. This eccentricity, fueled by a left-of-center sense of humor and a sardonic, nasal-tinged vocal style, is on full display on Best of the Sugar Hill Years. The collection includes a generous sampling of Allen's work, serving as a solid one-disc introduction. Here, one can ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Terry Allen might loosely be described as a singer/songwriter who developed his idiosyncratic style within the Texas roots scene during the 1970s. Loosely, that puts Allen in line with singer/songwriters like Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, though he has more in common with a writer-singer like Butch Hancock. But what Hancock and Allen share is less a common style than a penchant for eccentricity. This eccentricity, fueled by a left-of-center sense of humor and a sardonic, nasal-tinged vocal style, is on full display on Best of the Sugar Hill Years. The collection includes a generous sampling of Allen's work, serving as a solid one-disc introduction. Here, one can listen to true oddities like "Gimme a Ride to Heaven Boy," a five-minute narrative about picking up a hitchhiker who claims to be Jesus Christ. The thing is, within Allen's world view, the hitchhiker, who eventually pulls out a gun and takes the car, may be Jesus. If this sounds overly odd or trivial, it isn't. Allen's gifts as a musician are multiple, allowing him to combine the song's country-rock arrangement, a well-written lyric, and his vocal delivery into a strangely effective work. There are a number of winning selections from Lubbock (On Everything), an album worth owning in its entirety, and one of Allen's best recent compositions (with Guy Clark), "X-Mas on the Isthmus." For those bored with the same old, same old, Best of the Sugar Hill Years will open up new vistas.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2007
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891403724
  • Catalog Number: 4037
  • Sales rank: 264,463

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Allen Primary Artist
Guy Clark Acoustic Guitar
David Byrne Electric Guitar, Choir, Chorus
Joe Ely Harmonica, Vocal Harmony
Charlie Sexton Bazouki, Cumbus
Lucinda Williams Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Ponty Bone Accordion
Peter Kaukonen Guitar, Mandolin
Bukka Allen Accordion, Harmonium
Jo Harvey Allen Choir, Chorus, Vocal Harmony
Tommy Anderson Trumpet, Tuba
Cary Banks Guitar, Electric Guitar, Marimbas, Hand Clapping, Casio, Vocal Harmony
Donna Jo Barnes Vocal Harmony
Don Caldwell Saxophone
Jack Delahunty Clarinet
Donnie Maines Percussion, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Choir, Chorus, Claves, Hand Clapping, Casaba, Vocal Harmony, Weero
Kenny Maines Bass, Tambourine, Hand Clapping, Vocal Harmony
LaTronda Maines Hand Clapping
Lloyd Maines Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Dumbek, Pedal Steel Guitar, Drums, Electric Guitar, Tambourine, Choir, Chorus, Hand Clapping, Slide Guitar, Bell-tree, Tenor Banjo, Telecaster, Vocal Harmony, Papoose
Curtis McBride Drums
Davis McLarty Drums, Djembe
Mike Meyers Conga
Suzanne Paulk Vocal Harmony
Jo Carol Pierce Voices, Finger Snapping
Mark Rubin Tuba
Alan Shinn Percussion, Castanets, Conga, Marimbas, Tambourine, Jawbone, Weero
Stan Smith Clarinet
Russ Standefer Tuba
Monte Williams Synthesizer, Clavinet
Glenn Fukunaga Bowed Bass, Upright Bass
Leslie Blackburn Viola
Rob Patterson Choir, Chorus
Bonnie Wilkerson Vocal Harmony
Jack Bowden Penny Whistle
Technical Credits
Guy Clark Composer
David Byrne Composer
Terry Allen Composer
Tommy Anderson Contributor
Don Caldwell String Arrangements
Donnie Maines Adaptation
Lloyd Maines Composer, Producer
Dominick Maita Remastering
Louise Certain Composer
Gladys Stacey Flatt Composer
Michael Ventura Liner Notes
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