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Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love [Bonus Disc]

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Reissued on its 30th birthday, James Talley's 1975 debut is now viewed as one of the defining documents of what has become the Americana movement. Buttressed by a stirring, Talley-penned essay on the life's journey that forged him as an artist, as well as a bonus disc containing an unabridged period interview, it's an impressive package honoring a landmark work by a still-vital artist who continues to conduct his career with an uncompromising vision of himself, his music, and his message. Mainstream country was in the first throes of the Outlaw movement in 1975, and though Talley was never lumped in with Willie, Waylon, and the boys, he possessed (and still does) the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Reissued on its 30th birthday, James Talley's 1975 debut is now viewed as one of the defining documents of what has become the Americana movement. Buttressed by a stirring, Talley-penned essay on the life's journey that forged him as an artist, as well as a bonus disc containing an unabridged period interview, it's an impressive package honoring a landmark work by a still-vital artist who continues to conduct his career with an uncompromising vision of himself, his music, and his message. Mainstream country was in the first throes of the Outlaw movement in 1975, and though Talley was never lumped in with Willie, Waylon, and the boys, he possessed (and still does) the same reverence for the music's deepest roots, its link with the working class, and an unswerving self-assurance when it came to presenting his music his way. The music lives on the shoulders of giants, such as Woody Guthrie (both in the populist sentiments of the folkish, strutting title song and in the clever nursery rhyme wordplay of "Daddy's Song"); Bob Wills (in the spirited western swing of "W. Lee O'Daniel and the Light Crust Doughboys"); and any number of classic country tunesmiths whose influence is evident in tender, beautifully crafted love songs such as "Take Me to the Country" (with an aching pedal steel line every bit as sensitive and nuanced as Talley's heartfelt vocal) and the honky-tonk heartbreaker "No Opener Needed." This is where the soul of a man resides. Bear witness.
All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
While James Talley probably never qualified as an Outlaw in the mid-'70s, his rootsy country sound was closer to Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings than say Larry Gatlin. Even then, Talley was never an easy artist to pigeonhole, and it's hard to imagine an artist as idiosyncratic recording for Capital today. Got No Bread, No Milk, No Money, But We Sure Got a Lot of Love was Talley's debut, and make no mistake about it: it's real country, with fiddles, dobro, and mandolin. The album was reissued in 2005 on Talley's own Cimarron label with the addition of a second disc comprised of a promotional interview from the time. Got No Bread kicks off with a tasteful bit of western swing on "W. Lee O' Daniel and the Light Crust Dough Boys" before dipping into the buoyant title track, with snappy electric guitar underpinning Talley's country-flavored vocal. The arrangements are -- compared to today's country standards -- spare, with small variants custom-made for each song. Lyrically, Got No Bread is an ode to another place and time, an album that never forgets country music's working class origins and rural roots. The folks that populate these songs still wear Sunday suits, chew tobacco, and dig in the sandy land for taters, and it must have been an attractive vision for the complicated '70s, especially enticing to all of the ex-hippies who had gone back-to-the-land. Got No Bread is a solid album filled with original songs and great playing, and will be a real treat for anyone who appreciates the authentic sounds of honest-to-god country.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Cimarron Records
  • UPC: 693249100121
  • Catalog Number: 1001
  • Sales rank: 346,267

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Talley Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Interviewee
Johnny Gimble Fiddle, Mandolin, Electronic Mandolin
John Hiatt Acoustic Guitar
Tommy Smith Trumpet
Ralph Childs Tuba
Rick Durrett Organ, Piano, Accordion, Electric Piano
Doyle Grisham Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Electric Guitar, Steel Guitar
Karl Himmel Drums
Steve Mandell Bass Guitar, Upright Bass
Jerry McKuen Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin, Electric Guitar
Dave Poe Clarinet
Lisa Silver Fiddle
Michael Martin Spoons
Steve Mendel Electric Bass, Upright Bass
Wayne Secrest Electric Bass
Steve Hostak Electric Guitar
Johnny Bell Vocal Harmony
Tonya Lyons Vocal Harmony
Gregg Thomas Drums
Steve Hostack Electric Guitar
Johnny Bell Vocals
Dave Gillon Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Dave Poe Clarinet
Tommy Silver Trumpet
Tony Lyons Vocals
Technical Credits
Johnny Gimble Composer
James Talley Composer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Mike Hanes Interviewer
Lee Hazen Engineer
Dave Sinko Remastering
Richie Cicero Engineer
Chet Flippo Liner Notes
Steve Mendel Audio Production
Tonya Lyons Engineer
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