Rambling Boy

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Saying that Charlie Haden's Rambling Boy is a personal album is an understatement. In essence, this album is a tribute to his mother and father whose own vocal group -- made up of Haden and his siblings -- performed on radio programs in both Shenandoah, IA and Springfield, MO, where they hosted the live variety show Korn's-A-Krackin sic, which was modeled on the Grand Ole Opry. Haden began his musical career at the age of two, singing live on the radio; he was fortunate enough to have Mother Maybelle Carter play in his living room, and to have met the rest of the Carters, Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins, and numerous others on their way through town to play the show. This ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Saying that Charlie Haden's Rambling Boy is a personal album is an understatement. In essence, this album is a tribute to his mother and father whose own vocal group -- made up of Haden and his siblings -- performed on radio programs in both Shenandoah, IA and Springfield, MO, where they hosted the live variety show Korn's-A-Krackin sic, which was modeled on the Grand Ole Opry. Haden began his musical career at the age of two, singing live on the radio; he was fortunate enough to have Mother Maybelle Carter play in his living room, and to have met the rest of the Carters, Porter Wagoner, Chet Atkins, and numerous others on their way through town to play the show. This 19-song set features all the members of his immediate family -- daughters Petra, Rachel, and Tanya, as well as son Josh. The players and vocalists are numerous but they include guitarist Pat Metheny, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Bruce Hornsby, Stuart Duncan, Jerry Douglas, the Whites, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Elvis Costello, and Russ Barenberg, among others. Despite the wide range of players here, this album can only be called Americana in the strictest sense of the term as its selections are new readings of mostly traditional folk and country songs. There are numerous connections interwoven here too: highlights include Cash's moving and plaintive reading of "Wildwood Flower," a song that has roots in her own family -- via Mother Maybelle -- and Haden's, as well, as his mother had it in her repertoire. Metheny's and John Leventhal's guitars are devastatingly beautiful here. Another stellar moment is Josh's reading of his own song "Spiritual." Johnny Cash previously recorded it, as did Charlie and Metheny on the Grammy-winning Beyond the Missouri Sky. Josh's voice has none of the earth-shaking, end-of-the-world authority of Cash's, but it doesn't need to. In his voice the song is a prayer that exposes the most vulnerable of emotions: loneliness, fear, and remorse. When underscored by Douglas' dobro, Duncan's fiddle, and Barenberg's poignant guitar, it is a devastatingly powerful -- if gentle -- tune. Petra's version of "The Fields of Athenry," with the dual guitars of Metheny and Barenberg, and Hornsby's piano, is a real showstopper as well, but for different reasons. The song unfolds in a plaintive vocal as a story from time immemorial. Yet the instrumental accompaniment which also includes a smoking dobro solo by Douglas transforms it into something that extends far into the future. The Louvin Brothers' "Seven Year Blues" is sung in innovative three-part harmony by the Haden girls triplets, and Rachel's read of "Tramp on the Street" could have been written for her by Grady and Hazel M. Cole; it possesses all the weariness and conviction of a Clinch Mountain church song. Jack Black he's married to Tanya does a humorous yet very effective take on the traditional "Old Joe Clark" yet it is utterly convincing. Metheny's instrumental "Is This America Katrina 2005," reminds us why he's such an iconic musician -- it's not for his flash, which he possesses in abundance, but his subtlety and melodic elegance. Costello, with his jazzy phrasing, does a very modern take on Hank Williams' "You Win Again," bringing it into the present. Haden sings "Oh Shenandoah," in his reedy, wispy, 71-year-old voice and bass as Metheny, Duncan, Douglas, and Barenberg accompany him; he nearly whispers this beautifully idiosyncratic set to a close, leaving the intertwined circles of bloodlines and musical heritage unbroken.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/11/2008
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602517871281
  • Catalog Number: 001218601
  • Sales rank: 38,739

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Single Girl, Married Girl - Tanya Haden (2:38)
  2. 2 Rambling Boy (2:58)
  3. 3 20/20 Vision (4:16)
  4. 4 Wildwood Flower (3:35)
  5. 5 Spiritual - Josh Haden (6:14)
  6. 6 Oh, Take Me Back - Tanya Haden (2:19)
  7. 7 You Win Again (3:12)
  8. 8 The Fields of Athenry - Petra Haden (7:30)
  9. 9 Ocean of Diamonds - Dan Tyminski (3:38)
  10. 10 He's Gone Away - Tanya Haden (4:32)
  11. 11 A Voice from on High - Tanya Haden (4:16)
  12. 12 Down by the Salley Gardens (4:30)
  13. 13 Road of Broken Hearts (2:29)
  14. 14 Is This America? (Katrina 2005) (3:40)
  15. 15 A Tramp on the Street - Rachel Haden (4:57)
  16. 16 Old Joe Clark (4:06)
  17. 17 Seven Year Blues - Tanya Haden (2:41)
  18. 18 Old Haden Family Show - Cowboy Charlie (1:43)
  19. 19 Oh Shenandoah (3:49)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Charlie Haden Primary Artist, Bass, Vocals, Background Vocals, Soloist
Russ Barenberg Guitar, Mandolin
Jerry Douglas Dobro, Soloist
Ricky Skaggs Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Fretless Banjo
Sam Bush Mandolin, Soloist
Rosanne Cash Vocals
Elvis Costello Vocals
Bruce Hornsby Piano, Vocals, Soloist
Pat Metheny Guitar, Soloist
Buck White Piano
Buddy Greene Harmonica, Soloist
Jack Black Vocals
Ruth Cameron Vocals
Stuart Duncan Fiddle, Soloist
Béla Fleck Banjo
Vince Gill Vocals
Rachel Haden Vocals, Background Vocals
John Leventhal Guitar
Dan Tyminski Mandolin, Vocals, Background Vocals
Cheryl White Vocals
Sharon White Vocals
Petra Haden Vocals, Background Vocals
Bryan Sutton Guitar, Soloist
Bryan Stuart Guitar
Josh Haden Vocals
Tanya Haden Cello, Vocals, Background Vocals
Carl Haden Jr. Guitar
Mary Elizabeth Haden Mandolin
Bryan Stuart Guitar
Technical Credits
Bruce Hornsby Arranger
Pat Metheny Arranger, Producer, Audio Production
Craig Bishop Executive Manager
Ruth Cameron Producer, Audio Production
Charlie Haden Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes, Audio Production
Steve Rodby Audio Production
Bil VornDick Engineer
RIck DePofi Engineer
Mark Fain Producer, Audio Production
Tom Baker Mastering
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A thoughtful and moving slice of Americana provided by one of our best musicians. Excellent!

    I saw the album at Barnes & Noble and listened to it because of its interesting concept. I own several Haden albums and I figured it would be quality material. I think it is one of his best recordings to date. A major piece in my collection.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic CD!

    I love this CD. The music is wonderfully arranged and you just feel good listening to each song. I have no complaints at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Terrific

    I am always surprised when I enjoy the majority of tracks on an album. too often I have ended up spending money to have just one song that i consider enjoyable and that is a big waste of money. Of the nineteen tracks on this cd only three were not to my liking, and not because they werent good they just didnt fit what i was looking for. The Fields of Athenry is a lovely song plaintive and evocative but the lyrics did not at all match the jazz tinged music. I felt it was an odd and ungainly juxtaposition of styles. Oceans and Hes Gone Away were also odd picks for this album not fitting in with the rest of the songs. the other sixteen tracks were terrific with Charlie Haden's rendering of one of my all time favorite songs, Shenandoah, capturing the sweet sadness of the lyrics perfectly. this album is at its best when it stays within the traditional boundaries of bluegrass.

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