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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steve Goodman's 1971 self-titled album marked the debut of a great new songwriter. "City of New Orleans," which was then soon to be a hit for Arlo Guthrie, is the obvious standout, and "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," later a country hit by David Allan Coe in a revised version, is also impressive, but "I Don't Know Where I'm Goin', but I'm Goin' Nowhere in a Hurry Blues" and "Would You Like to Learn Dance?" also show off different sides of this versatile talent. Versatility is the key here, as Goodman broke well out of the "folkie" tag to embrace pop, country, and arcane jazz, including not only his own compositions but also covers of songs by Hank Williams, Johnny...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Steve Goodman's 1971 self-titled album marked the debut of a great new songwriter. "City of New Orleans," which was then soon to be a hit for Arlo Guthrie, is the obvious standout, and "You Never Even Call Me by My Name," later a country hit by David Allan Coe in a revised version, is also impressive, but "I Don't Know Where I'm Goin', but I'm Goin' Nowhere in a Hurry Blues" and "Would You Like to Learn Dance?" also show off different sides of this versatile talent. Versatility is the key here, as Goodman broke well out of the "folkie" tag to embrace pop, country, and arcane jazz, including not only his own compositions but also covers of songs by Hank Williams, Johnny Otis, and pal John Prine while utilizing a who's who of Nashville session musicians. Beyond the musical eclecticism, there was also a variety in tone, with gentle evocations of tenderness and humor alternating so that you didn't always know whether Goodman was serious or kidding. At a time when sensitive singer/songwriters were all the rage a trend that probably earned Goodman his record contract, this was one guy who was at least as interested in picking an old country song as he was in baring his soul. [The 1999 reissue added two bonus tracks, "Election Year Rag," previously unissued in the U.S. and featuring Bob Dylan on piano, and the previously unreleased "Georgia Rag."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972451022
  • Catalog Number: 724510
  • Sales rank: 35,382

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Steve Goodman Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Kris Kristofferson Background Vocals
John Prine Background Vocals
Donnie Fritts Organ
Grady Martin Guitar
Ben Keith Dobro, Guitar, Steel Guitar
Stephen Brunton Percussion
Stephen Bruton Guitar, Background Vocals
Kenny Buttrey Percussion
Vassar Clements Fiddle, Violin
Dennis Good Trombone
Martha McCrory Cello
Gene A. Mullins Trombone
Billy Puett Clarinet
Norbert Putnam Bass
Billy Sanford Banjo, Guitar
Bill Swofford Background Vocals
George Tidwell Trumpet
Pete Wade Guitar
John "Bucky" Wilkin Guitar
Charlie McCoy Organ, Harmonica, Multi Instruments
William Pruett Clarinet
Bucky Willkin Guitar, Background Vocals
Gene Mullins Trombone
David Briggs Piano
Technical Credits
Blind Willie McTell Composer
Kris Kristofferson Producer
John Prine Liner Notes
Bernard Edwards Composer
Nile Rodgers Composer
Grady Martin Sound Effects, Contributor
Gene Eichelberger Engineer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Norbert Putnam Producer
David McGee Liner Notes
Mike Ragogna Reissue Producer
M. Robinson Composer
David Kessler Art Direction, Redesign
R. Hylton Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Steve Goodman's debut album is everything that Chicagoans expected, and more. An amazing mixture of dramatic balads and comic songs that will amaze and amuse. Of course, his most famous song here being "City Of New Orleans" which Woody Guthrie said was "the best damned train song" he'd ever heard - and was shocked that it was written by some little Jewish guy from the metropolis of Chicago! That song was covered by so many artists, its hard to count, and of course, was stolen for the title of the TV news/talk show "Good Morning, America"! My personal favourite song is The Dutchman, but this album has no weak links.

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