Great Chicago Fire

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The package for Great Chicago Fire includes a tongue-in-cheek note from the owner of Bloodshot Records urging the Waco Brothers and Paul Burch to team up despite their "paltry record sales" in an effort to create something that "should aim to be between the 14th and 25th best rock albums ever made." Part of what presumably makes this funny is the fact that Paul Burch has never had a reputation for rocking out -- he's an excellent songwriter who has made a handful of fine albums fusing various roots styles with traditional country sounds, but rock & roll just isn't in his wheelhouse. The Waco Brothers, on the other hand, have always been a rock band first and a country ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
The package for Great Chicago Fire includes a tongue-in-cheek note from the owner of Bloodshot Records urging the Waco Brothers and Paul Burch to team up despite their "paltry record sales" in an effort to create something that "should aim to be between the 14th and 25th best rock albums ever made." Part of what presumably makes this funny is the fact that Paul Burch has never had a reputation for rocking out -- he's an excellent songwriter who has made a handful of fine albums fusing various roots styles with traditional country sounds, but rock & roll just isn't in his wheelhouse. The Waco Brothers, on the other hand, have always been a rock band first and a country act third or fourth, despite their clear reverence for the genre and its traditions. Putting Burch and the Wacos together in the studio would seem like a dicey prospect, but the two acts bring out unexpected strengths in one another on Great Chicago Fire. Arriving seven years after the Waco's last studio effort, Great Chicago Fire finds them sounding fresher and more enthusiastic than they have in a while, and though this doesn't hit nearly as hard as their best work, the songs connect with an admirable strength and grace, and they haven't had a set of material as consistently strong as this in a decade. And if Burch doesn't sound like a rock singer on this set, he rides the waves of the Waco Brothers' more muscular approach with aplomb as they make with a Stones-influenced R&B groove that informs even the most C&W specific numbers on the album. Closing with a Bob Dylan cover re-imagined as a lost Yardbirds tune, Great Chicago Fire is that rare collaboration where both sides seem to inform one another equally and derive new strengths from teaming up, and with any luck these two acts will bring the fire again someday.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2012
  • Label: Bloodshot Records
  • UPC: 744302012025
  • Catalog Number: 120
  • Sales rank: 140,876

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Great Chicago Fire (3:43)
  2. 2 Give In (3:31)
  3. 3 Wrong Side of Love (3:27)
  4. 4 Flight to Spain (4:44)
  5. 5 Cannonball (2:37)
  6. 6 Monterey (2:58)
  7. 7 Someone That You Know (2:53)
  8. 8 Transfusion Blues (2:49)
  9. 9 On the Sly (3:49)
  10. 10 Up on the Mountain (2:57)
  11. 11 Hard Rain's Gonna Fall (5:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Paul Burch Primary Artist, Guitar, Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals
Steve Goulding Drums
Jon Langford Guitar, Vocals
Joe Camarillo Drums
Fats Kaplin Fiddle
Pat Brennan Piano, Accordion
Alan Doughty Electric Bass
Dean Schlabowske Organ, Guitar, Vocals
Tracy Dear Vocals, Electronic Mandolin
Bethany Thomas Vocals
Tawny Newsome Vocals
Technical Credits
Bob Dylan Composer
Blaise Barton Mastering
Jon Langford Composer
Waco Brothers Producer
Ken Sluiter Engineer
Paul Burch Composer, Producer
Dean Schlabowske Composer
Waclington Burchski Artwork
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