Gold

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One would think that being Ryan Adams would be a pretty good deal at the time of this album's release; he had a major-label deal, critics were in love with him, he got to date Winona Ryder and Alanis Morissette, Elton John went around telling everyone he was a genius, and his record company gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. But to listen to Gold, Adams' first solo album for his big-league sponsors at Lost Highway, one senses that there are about a dozen other musicians Adams would love to be, and nearly all of them were at their peak in the early to mid-'70s. Adams' final album with Whiskeytown, Pneumonia, made it clear that he was moving beyond the scruffy ...
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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
One would think that being Ryan Adams would be a pretty good deal at the time of this album's release; he had a major-label deal, critics were in love with him, he got to date Winona Ryder and Alanis Morissette, Elton John went around telling everyone he was a genius, and his record company gave him carte blanche to do whatever he wanted. But to listen to Gold, Adams' first solo album for his big-league sponsors at Lost Highway, one senses that there are about a dozen other musicians Adams would love to be, and nearly all of them were at their peak in the early to mid-'70s. Adams' final album with Whiskeytown, Pneumonia, made it clear that he was moving beyond the scruffy alt-country of his early work, and Gold documents his current fascination with '70s rock. Half the fun of the album is playing "Spot the Influence": "Answering Bell" is a dead ringer for Van Morrison with fellow Morrison enthusiast Adam Duritz on backing vocals, "Tina Toledo's Street Walkin' Blues" is obviously modeled on the Rolling Stones, "Harder Now That It's Over" sounds like Harvest-period Neil Young, "New York, New York" resembles Stephen Stills in his livelier moments Stephen's son, Chris Stills, plays on the album, and "Rescue Blues" and "La Cienega Just Smiled" suggest the influence of Adams' pal Elton John. Of course, everyone has their influences, and Adams seems determined to make the most of them on Gold; it's a far more ambitious album than his solo debut, Heartbreaker. The performances are polished, Ethan Johns' production is at once elegant and admirably restrained, Adams is in strong voice throughout, and several of the songs are superb, especially the swaggering but lovelorn "New York, New York," the spare and lovely "When the Stars Go Blue," and the moody closer, "Goodnight, Hollywood Blvd." But while Gold sounds like a major step forward for Adams in terms of technique, it lacks the heart and soul of Heartbreaker or Pneumonia; the album seems to reflect craft rather than passion, and while it's often splendid craft, the fire that made Whiskeytown's best work so special isn't evident much of the time. Gold sounds like an album that could win Ryan Adams a lot of new fans especially with listeners whose record collections go back a ways, but longtime fans may be a bit put off by the album's richly crafted surfaces and emotionally hollow core. [The first pressing of Gold came with a five-song bonus disc titled "Side Four," that allowed Adams' twangy side to rise to the surface again for a couple of numbers, especially "The Fools We Are as Men" and "The Bar Is a Beautiful Place."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Lost Highway
  • UPC: 008817023519
  • Catalog Number: 170235
  • Sales rank: 589

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ryan Adams Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Sid Page Concert Master
Julianna Raye Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Bucky Baxter Steel Guitar
Benmont Tench Piano, Hammond Organ
Jennifer Condos Bass
Ethan Johns Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Mandolin, Celeste, Conga, Drums, Electric Guitar, Harmonium, Hammond Organ, Electric Piano, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Slide Guitar, Vibes, chamberlain, Mandocello
Rob McDonald Choir, Chorus
Sid Paige Concert Master
Adam Duritz Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
C.C. White Vocals, Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Milo Decruz Bass
Keith Hunter Choir, Chorus
Chris Stills Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Andre "Big Dre" Carter Trumpet
Richard Causon Piano
Kamasi Washington Saxophone
Technical Credits
Ethan Johns Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements
Doug Sax Mastering
Steven Rhodes Engineer
Ryan Adams Art Direction
Robert Hadley Mastering
Karen Naff Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So Good That...

    ''Gold'' is so good that I'm making unsolicited recommendations to every person I speak with at the risk of associate myself with the ''Art-Elitist, Nouveau-Hippies'' who've surely been fans ''for years and years'' right guys? ''Screw'' you! I want to hate this Ryan Adams guy just to spite you, but I can't the album's too good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the year, if not.....it's close

    I bought this album when it came out because of all the hype and a performance on David Letterman. When I listened to it I was floored. Uptempo rockers(Firecracker), beautiful ballads(La Ciegna), my lord I could go on and on. This is a must have album for anyone who grew up listening to Mellencamp, Bruce, Neil, Petty and anyone who loves rock n roll.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Thank You God....

    god bless ryan adams. in a musical era that has become downright agonizing with the incessant noise of jock-rap-metal and genies in bottles, ryan adams has crafted an ''exile on main street'' for our times. he's gone beyond his ''alt-country'' roots to explore texture and nuance in an absolutely effective manner. this record, along with his debut, ''heartbreaker'', is a balm that comes at a much needed time of rock-and-roll famine...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Instant Classic -

    Obviously the breakout album for this rising star. 'Gold' is the follow-up to his critically acclaimed album 'Heartbreaker.' Gold offers more of an up-beat feel starting off with his soon-to-be release, ''New York, New York.'' Adams is as talented a songwriter and singer as you'll find, just ask Elton John, he has been inspired by him, and recently made a guest appearance at a Ryan concert in New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gold is gold!!

    So much diversity on one album can be a dizzying experience, however, here it is a dazzling one. Adams' tips his considerable hat to everyone from Dylan to the Stones, but all the while stays true to his own brilliant musical vision. This album has, quite literally, something for everyone. Alt. Country just cannot define this kid. Sorry Americana folks, but Ryan has out-grown your label. Let him go!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    fantasic display of talent. won't be taking this one out of rotation for awhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Its Not Just Gold; Its Solid Gold!!

    I just discovered Ryan Adams and I am thanking God that I did. His music is so subtle and unassuming, yet still incredibly powerful and intense. I hate to compare him and his music to any other, but if you were to combine Eliot Smith with folk/country, you would get Ryan Adams. I don't believe he will ever be as big as the Backstreet Boys and I don't think you will ever catch him on TRL, but that's fine by me. I love having his music in my personal collection. Adams is like my little secret!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pop Rocks from Alt-Country's Prodigal Punk Son

    Make no mistake, ''Gold'' is brilliant and a MUST HAVE. But don't expect the broken-hearted barnyard recordings that made Ryan Adams the darling of the alt-country scene. Old fashioned fans may be disappointed with this glitzy flirtation with (dare I say) Pop Rock. But let's come to Jesus here...we saw this coming with ''Heartbreaker'', and the truth is now sealed with ''Gold''. Ryan Adams is growing as a musician and a man. ''Gold'''s sound is primarily rock, emotionally strong, and upbeat -- Big haired glitter like the Stones, Lou Reed, The Who, Dylan, Neil Young, and even a little Grateful Dead space jam or two are sprinkled throughout. And let us not forget that Ryan got his start as a punk rocker! No Depression fans don't worry though, ''Gold'' does have something for you...a few brooding sensitive songs, like a witty tribute to another tortured poet, ''SYLVIA PLATH''. Bonus track ''Sweet Black Magic'' is a croonin rockin bluegrass tune. An eclectic 16 songs with a 5 track bonus CD is no shocker from a super-song-writing-genius like Adams, who has allegedly written thousands of songs before the tender age of 26, and has adapted a variety of musical styles effortlessly. While it's not a stretch to call Ryan Adams' new sound ''Americana'', it is only slightly astray from the very broad category of alt-country. Denimed and Marlboro'ed renegade Adams has a patriotic thing going on with ''Gold'', and it is ironic timing that the jacket features handguns and big old American flags, among other icons. ''Gold'' is great American music -- and evidence that Carolina country boy Adams' life and latest jaunts in big cities NYC and LA have changed him -- and his music -- forever.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Album of the Year

    This is simply the best American rock record to come out since Wilco's Being There. Those not familiar with Adams' other albums are going to be knocked between the eyes. Simply amazing stuff.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Golden piece of work!

    With his second solo album, Gold, singer-songwriter Ryan Adams delivers a stunning album. This album has it all: rockin songs, ballads, great songwriting and Ryan Adam's amazing, ever maturing voice.

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    Posted January 16, 2010

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