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Cupid's Arrow

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Singer/songwriter David Blue has tended to be well supported by talented studio musicians on his string of albums, of which this is the seventh in ten years. Here, he boasts a backup band as good as any he has used in the past: Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar, producer Barry Goldberg on piano and organ, Auburn Burrell on pedal steel and rhythm guitar, Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. & the MG's on bass, and Levon Helm of the Band or Michael Baird on drums, with David Lindley adding mandolin, slide guitar, and violin. The playing gives him more of a rock sound than he has used before, although the musicians are versatile enough to give the leadoff track, "Run, Run, Run," a lilting Southwestern/Mexican feel to go along...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Singer/songwriter David Blue has tended to be well supported by talented studio musicians on his string of albums, of which this is the seventh in ten years. Here, he boasts a backup band as good as any he has used in the past: Jesse Ed Davis on lead guitar, producer Barry Goldberg on piano and organ, Auburn Burrell on pedal steel and rhythm guitar, Donald "Duck" Dunn of Booker T. & the MG's on bass, and Levon Helm of the Band or Michael Baird on drums, with David Lindley adding mandolin, slide guitar, and violin. The playing gives him more of a rock sound than he has used before, although the musicians are versatile enough to give the leadoff track, "Run, Run, Run," a lilting Southwestern/Mexican feel to go along with its lyrics about the Santa Ana winds and the lights of Santa Fe, and to negotiate a reggae rhythm on "Maria, Maria." More typical, however, is "Tom's Song," a sinuous rocker that recalls the Eagles' "One of These Nights." But as the musical content of Blue's records has become more accessible and accomplished, his songwriting has tended to take more of a backseat, and his monotonic singing has remained only adequate. Here, the songs have interesting lines as they tell their tales of love and loss, but they are not as effective on the whole as Blue's earlier work. ~ [Rhino's Wounded Bird subsidiary reissued Cupid's Arrow on CD in 2006.] William Ruhlmann
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/5/2006
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140107724
  • Catalog Number: 1077
  • Sales rank: 116,971

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Run, Run, Run (4:34)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Jennifer Lee (4:23)
  3. 3 Tom's Song (4:10)
  4. 4 I Feel Bad (2:32)
  5. 5 Cordelia (4:33)
  6. 6 Maria, Maria (4:02)
  7. 7 Cupid's Arrow (4:10)
  8. 8 Primeval Tune (5:17)
  9. 9 She's Got You (4:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
David Blue Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
David Lindley Guitar, Mandolin, Violin, Slide Guitar
Jesse Ed Davis Guitar
Jackie Lomax Vocals
Barry Goldberg Keyboards
Phyllis Brown Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Baird Drums
Mike Baird Drums
Pattie Brooks Vocals, Background Vocals
Auburn Burrell Guitar
Donald "Duck" Dunn Bass
Levon Helm Drums
Bill Schwartz Vocals
Barry Thomas Goldberg Organ, Piano
Technical Credits
David Blue Arranger, Composer
Barry Goldberg Producer
Henry Diltz Cover Photo
Sheridan Eldridge Engineer
Barry Thomas Goldberg Arranger, Producer
Ron Stone Direction
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