The Nashville Acoustic Sessions

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Here's an unassuming acoustic masterpiece -- richly nuanced, interpretive singing and instrumental work from vocalist nonpareil Raul Malo of the Mavericks, along with three ace Nashville cats. Malo simply scorches these 11 superb tunes, his mood mirrored by guitarist Pat Flynn and mandolinist Rob Ickes, who offer spare, soulful punctuations while bassist Dave Pomeroy and percussionist Larry Castro provide discreet rhythmic underpinning. Malo rolls out his big, hearty tenor to full effect on the crying choruses of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," underscoring why he's often compared to the lauded country-rock soulman. Malo effectively mutes the volume in a deliberate, pulsing ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Here's an unassuming acoustic masterpiece -- richly nuanced, interpretive singing and instrumental work from vocalist nonpareil Raul Malo of the Mavericks, along with three ace Nashville cats. Malo simply scorches these 11 superb tunes, his mood mirrored by guitarist Pat Flynn and mandolinist Rob Ickes, who offer spare, soulful punctuations while bassist Dave Pomeroy and percussionist Larry Castro provide discreet rhythmic underpinning. Malo rolls out his big, hearty tenor to full effect on the crying choruses of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," underscoring why he's often compared to the lauded country-rock soulman. Malo effectively mutes the volume in a deliberate, pulsing take on Gordon Lightfoot's winsome "Early Morning Rain," digs deep for a keening effect on the Louvin Brothers' heartbreaking "When I Stop Dreaming," and croons tenderly on two beautifully realized, swoon-inducing pop classics, "Moon River" and "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons." Similar superlatives apply to gripping versions of Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome when You Go," Hank Williams's stone country "Weary Blues from Waiting," Van Morrison's funky "Bright Side of the Road," and Gram Parsons' bristling "Hot Burrito #1." These are songs that have already endured beyond their time, and these new renderings will not soon lose their luster, either -- the smarts and heart invested here amount to a timeless calling card.
All Music Guide - Michael Berick
True to its title, The Nashville Acoustic Sessions is a set of acoustic-based music that finds the Mavericks frontman Raul Malo collaborating with three well-respected Nashville musicians guitarist/mandolinist Pat Flynn, Rob Ickes, and bassist Dave Pomeroy. The acoustic setting results in much more pared-down arrangements than Malo's recent records whether with his band or his one solo outing, 2001's Today. This disc of cover tunes is also Malo's most twang-centric in years; however, it doesn't lack eclecticism. Songs are drawn from country icons Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and the Louvin Brothers, as well as more contemporary figures like Gordon Lightfoot, Gram Parsons, and Bob Dylan; there are also a pair of standards: "Moon River" and "I Love You For Sentimental Reasons." The disc starts off with a solid yet obvious selection, Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou," as Malo's vocals have long been compared to Orbison. Although he doesn't soar to Orbison's otherworldly heights, his passionate singing conveys the song's melancholy mood. After a decent but rather sedate rendering of Lightfoot's "Early Morning Rain," the album picks up steam with the gospel-tinged Louvin Brothers tune "Great Atomic Power," which is followed by an aching rendition of Williams' "Weary Blues From Waiting," and Dylan's "You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go," which gets a spry country workout here. The disc's second half -- demarcated by an "instrumental break" of Jimmie Rodgers' "Waiting for a Train" -- is more of a mixed bag. The highlights include strong versions of Gram Parsons' "Hot Burrito #1" and Van Morrison's "Bright Side of the Road." However, both "Moon River" and "Sentimental Reasons" come off sounding a bit too lounge. These tunes accentuate the slicker qualities of Malo's otherwise wonderfully rich vocals. The nimble but easygoing performances delivered by the trio of instrumentalists perfectly suit this disc's relaxed feel. Flynn and Ickes particularly stand out on the touching version of "When I Stop Dreaming," the record's other Louvin Brothers number. While this all-covers collection doesn't reinvent the wheel, it provides 40 minutes of classic tunes delightfully done up as good, old-fashioned country music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/30/2004
  • Label: Cmh Records
  • UPC: 027297870925
  • Catalog Number: 8709
  • Sales rank: 45,204

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blue Bayou - Ickes (4:25)
  2. 2 Early Morning Rain - Ickes (3:38)
  3. 3 The Great Atomic Power - Ickes (2:42)
  4. 4 Weary Blues from Waitin' - Ickes (3:34)
  5. 5 You're Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go - Ickes (3:45)
  6. 6 Waiting for a Train - Ickes (2:44)
  7. 7 When I Stop Dreaming - Ickes (3:53)
  8. 8 Moon River - Ickes (2:42)
  9. 9 Hot Burrito #1 - Ickes (4:30)
  10. 10 Bright Side of the Road - Ickes (4:18)
  11. 11 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons - Ickes (3:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Raul Malo Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Rob Ickes Primary Artist, Dobro, Background Vocals, Slide Guitar, Weissenborn
Pat Flynn Primary Artist, Bouzouki, Guitar, Mandolin, Background Vocals
Dave Pomeroy Primary Artist, Bass, Bass Guitar
Siedah Garrett Background Vocals
Lenny Castro Percussion
Jim Hoke Harmonica
Technical Credits
Jimmie Rodgers Composer
Henry Mancini Composer
Gordon Lightfoot Composer
Bob Dylan Composer
Roy Orbison Composer
Gram Parsons Composer
William Best Composer
John Eberle Mastering
Oz Fritz Engineer
Ira Louvin Composer
Charlie Louvin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Van Morrison Composer
Deek Watson Composer
Hank Williams Composer
John Wooler Producer, Audio Production
Joe Melson Composer
Buddy Bain Composer
Adam Byrne Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    FANTASTIC CD

    This CD is absolutely fantastic! I just love the music. It is beautifully done! Thank you!

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