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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The sophomore record by the Gun Club bore the curse of having to follow a monolith of their own making. Fire of Love sold extremely well for an independent; it was a favorite of virtually every critic who heard it in 1981. Miami showcased a different lineup as well. Ward Dotson replaced Congo Powers temporarily, at least on guitar, and there were a ton of guest performances, including Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Stein produced the album. Off the bat the disc suffers from a thin mix. Going for a rougher sound, Stein left the instruments at one level and boosted Pierce's vocal. There is plenty of guitar here, screaming and moping like a drunken orphan from the Texas ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The sophomore record by the Gun Club bore the curse of having to follow a monolith of their own making. Fire of Love sold extremely well for an independent; it was a favorite of virtually every critic who heard it in 1981. Miami showcased a different lineup as well. Ward Dotson replaced Congo Powers temporarily, at least on guitar, and there were a ton of guest performances, including Debbie Harry and Chris Stein. Stein produced the album. Off the bat the disc suffers from a thin mix. Going for a rougher sound, Stein left the instruments at one level and boosted Pierce's vocal. There is plenty of guitar here, screaming and moping like a drunken orphan from the Texas flatlands, but next to its predecessor it sounds drier and reedier. Ultimately it hardly matters. Going for a higher, more desolate sound, frontman and slide player Jeffrey Lee Pierce and his band were literally on fire. The songs here, from "Carry Home," "Like Calling Up Thunder," "Devil in the Woods," "Watermelon Man," "Bad Indian," and "Texas Serenade," among others, centered themselves on a mutant form of country music that met the post-punk ethos in the desert, fought and bloodied each other, and decided to stay together. This is hardcore snake-charming music as in water moccasins not cobras, evil, smoky, brash, and libidinally uttered. Their spooky version of an already creepy tune by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Run Through the Jungle" runs the gamut from sexual nightmare to voodoo ritual gone awry. Finally, Pierce and company pull out all the roots and reveal them for what they are: "John Hardy," is a squalling punk-blues, with the heart of the country in cardiac arrest. Dotson proved to be a fine replacement for Congo Powers, in that his style was pure Telecaster country à la James Burton revved by the Rolling Stones and Johnny Thunders. Miami was given a rough go when it was issued for its production. But in the bird's-eye view of history its songs stack up, track for track, with Fire of Love and continue to echo well into this long good night.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/12/2004
  • Label: Sympathy 4 The R.I.
  • UPC: 790276074026
  • Catalog Number: 740
  • Sales rank: 4,089

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Gun Club Primary Artist
Debbie Harry Background Vocals
Walter Steding Fiddle
Ward Dotson Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar
Terry Graham Drums
Jeffrey Lee Pierce Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Rob Ritter Bass, Bass Guitar
Chris Stein Bongos
Easy Mark Tomeo Steel Guitar
D.H. Laurence Jr. Background Vocals
Technical Credits
John Fogerty Composer
Joe Arlotta Engineer
A.P. Carter Composer
Chris D. Cover Photo
Ward Dotson Composer
Huddie Ledbetter Composer
Jeffrey Lee Pierce Arranger, Composer
Chris Stein Producer, Audio Production
John Vestman Remastering
Traditional Composer
J.R. Reynolds Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Calling up thunder to the wind in the open sky

    This album is a nice departure from the punk rock beginning of Fire of Love. It has a weepy, country vibe to it, and is much more subdued. The songwriting shows considerable signs of maturity as well. Mother of Earth, Carry Home and John Hardy would not have fit in among their blustery early efforts, but hinted at the rootsy direction the band would take into the Las Vegas Story. My favorite track is Bad Indian. "Do your war-dance!!!"

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