Blue Blvd/Museum of Heart

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At his best, Dave Alvin delivers clear-eyed and finely realized blue-collar roots rock narratives that work in the same territory as Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle, although purposely less anthemic, with a dose of Tom Waits' love of lost souls desperate for redemption mixed in, and all supported by Alvin's sharp guitar style and everyman vocals. There are times, particularly when he co-writes with Tom Russell, that his songs fill with too much lyrical detail to truly take off, but when Alvin hones his songs to just what the story requires, then leans in and gives it that California rockabilly soul sound he's so good at, he's a front-line songwriter. This two-disc set ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
At his best, Dave Alvin delivers clear-eyed and finely realized blue-collar roots rock narratives that work in the same territory as Bruce Springsteen and Steve Earle, although purposely less anthemic, with a dose of Tom Waits' love of lost souls desperate for redemption mixed in, and all supported by Alvin's sharp guitar style and everyman vocals. There are times, particularly when he co-writes with Tom Russell, that his songs fill with too much lyrical detail to truly take off, but when Alvin hones his songs to just what the story requires, then leans in and gives it that California rockabilly soul sound he's so good at, he's a front-line songwriter. This two-disc set combines his second and third solo albums, 1991's Blue Blvd and 1993's Museum of Heart, both of which were originally released on Hightone Records after Alvin was cut by Columbia Records after his first solo record, 1987's Romeo's Escape it was entitled Every Night About This Time in the U.K., a critical success, failed to make much commercial headway. Luckily, Dwight Yoakam had taken Alvin's "Long White Cadillac" onto the country charts in 1987, and Alvin used the royalty money to begin recording Blue Blvd, an album that has several outstanding songs, including the title track, "Blue Blvd," the stark and direct "Guilty Man," a song that became Alvin's signature tune in concert, and the beautiful "Dry River." Museum of Heart has fewer high points, but "Thirty Dollar Room" is powerful and the short guitar instrumental that closes the album, "Florence Avenue Lullaby," is lovely by anyone's standards a coda of sorts, the lullaby doesn't appear in the printed track list, but is lovely all the same. These were and are both interesting albums, but for the casual listener at least, a single-disc best-of collection from the Hightone years might be a better starting point.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/10/2012
  • Label: Floating World
  • UPC: 805772613423
  • Catalog Number: 7261342
  • Sales rank: 9,741

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dave Alvin Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Soloist
Dwight Yoakam Background Vocals
Steve Young Background Vocals
Katy Moffatt Background Vocals
Lee Allen Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
John Doe Background Vocals
Bobby King Background Vocals
Syd Straw Background Vocals
Leon Haywood Hammond B3
Fontaine Brown Background Vocals
Terry Evans Background Vocals
Don Falzone Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Standup Bass
David Hidalgo Background Vocals
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Pedal Steel Guitar, Electric Guitar, Slide Guitar, national steel guitar, Lap Steel Guitar, Soloist
Donald Lindley Drums
Rick Solem Organ, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Soloist
John "Juke" Logan Harmonica
Bobby Lloyd Hicks Drums, Background Vocals
Michael Rosen Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Soloist
Stephen Arvizu Taylor Hodges Percussion, Conga, Vibes
Technical Credits
Chris Gaffney Composer
Tom Russell Composer
Dave Alvin Composer, Producer
Doug MacLeod Composer
Michael Becker Engineer
Charlie Brocco Engineer
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Fontaine Brown Composer
Bill Dashiell Engineer
Paul DuGre Engineer
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Greg Leisz Feedback
Duke McVinnie Composer
Steve Shepherd Engineer
Chris Silagyi Producer
Stephen Walker Artwork
Michael Woody Composer
Geza X Engineer
Chris Bellman Mastering
Shelly Heber Direction
Terri Bromberg Art Direction
Rob Keirstead Drum Technician
Rick Ornstein Engineer
Leanne Meyers Direction
Elizabeth Rush Booking
Barry Goldberg Engineer
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