Living with the Law [Bonus Track]

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - JT Griffith
Chris Whitley's 1991 debut, Living with the Law, was recorded in Daniel Lanois' New Orleans mansion and was produced by Malcolm Burn. The sublimely dark, creepy, and possessed collection sounds completely out of place for the era of slick pop
ock like Milli Vanilli. The tortured album is rich with old-style sounds, from slide guitars to pedal steel. (Lanois contributes some on the album.) Living with the Law has a full, ambient feel that transports the listener into the recording. Whitley humbly (and falsely) claims, at the beginning of the record, that "God knows it's all been done." But these 12 songs attempt an original look at an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - JT Griffith
Chris Whitley's 1991 debut, Living with the Law, was recorded in Daniel Lanois' New Orleans mansion and was produced by Malcolm Burn. The sublimely dark, creepy, and possessed collection sounds completely out of place for the era of slick pop
ock like Milli Vanilli. The tortured album is rich with old-style sounds, from slide guitars to pedal steel. (Lanois contributes some on the album.) Living with the Law has a full, ambient feel that transports the listener into the recording. Whitley humbly (and falsely) claims, at the beginning of the record, that "God knows it's all been done." But these 12 songs attempt an original look at an honest style and passionate mood that is lacking in much of rock music. Whitley sings of drug abuse, alienation, failure, and loneliness with a Delta blues flavor. Standout tracks include "Phone Call from Leavenworth," "Big Sky Country," and "Dirt Radio." Those who liked Whitley's Dirt Floor must own Living with the Law if they don't already. It is more of a full-band sound, but similar in tone and feel. An exceptional and mesmerizing debut, one with the potential to inspire all who hear it. (This release is also fascinating for those who enjoy Rocket House. Influences on the 2001 album can be heard throughout Living with the Law, released a decade earlier.) An album Robert Johnson may have recorded, were he still alive. [Sbme Special Mkts' 2008 edition included one bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972485324
  • Catalog Number: 724853

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Excerpt (0:17)
  2. 2 Living with the Law (3:42)
  3. 3 Big Sky Country (4:45)
  4. 4 Kick the Stones (4:12)
  5. 5 Make the Dirt Stick (3:33)
  6. 6 Poison Girl (3:26)
  7. 7 Dust Radio (5:08)
  8. 8 Phone Call from Leavenworth (4:47)
  9. 9 I Forget You Every Day (4:33)
  10. 10 Long Way Around (4:27)
  11. 11 Look What Love Has Done (3:16)
  12. 12 Bordertown (4:30)
  13. 13 [Untitled] (0:17)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Chris Whitley Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Chris Whitley Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Timeless American Classic

    Chris Whitley's first album turned out to be a perfect summary of his career. Outstanding guitar work, thoughtful lyrics, intense emotion, rich atmosphere. Sometimes dark and desolate, sometimes soaring and releasing. Mostly acoustic and rootsy, but also some hints of Hendrix-inspired psychedelia that Whitley brought to us with his next albums "Din of Ecstacy" amd "Terra Incognita". Although the "Anthology" collection is the best starter album for discovering this wonderful artist, "Law" demonstrates Whitley's depth and consistency at his beginning, and thus is essential for anyone intrigued by his gifts.

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