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The Silent Majority: Terry Allen's Greatest Missed Hits

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Don't be misled by the subtitle: The Silent Majority is not a career overview, but an odds-and-sods collection, or, as Allen puts it in his liner notes, a collection of outtakes, mistakes, taken-froms, and added-tos. Collecting songs from various stage productions, ballet scores, unfinished projects, and leftovers, The Silent Majority is understandably uneven. Some of these songs were clearly passed over for a reason. Yet the best tracks here are among Allen's finest works, and it's good to have them readily available. The clear standout is 1986's "Cocktail Desperado," previously only available on the cassette-only compilation Sounds From True Stories, a soundtrack of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Don't be misled by the subtitle: The Silent Majority is not a career overview, but an odds-and-sods collection, or, as Allen puts it in his liner notes, a collection of outtakes, mistakes, taken-froms, and added-tos. Collecting songs from various stage productions, ballet scores, unfinished projects, and leftovers, The Silent Majority is understandably uneven. Some of these songs were clearly passed over for a reason. Yet the best tracks here are among Allen's finest works, and it's good to have them readily available. The clear standout is 1986's "Cocktail Desperado," previously only available on the cassette-only compilation Sounds From True Stories, a soundtrack of sorts of David Byrne's film, which was in print for about 15 seconds. A mixture of oompah tuba, skittering steel guitar, and one of Allen's most sarcastic vocal performances ever, "Cocktail Desperado" is a career high point that alone makes The Silent Majority a necessary purchase for fans. Although the rest of the album is spotty, there are enough good lines and interesting musical ideas to save most of the songs. The Silent Majority is not the album to start with for the Terry Allen novice that remains 1979's masterful Lubbock [On Everything], but it's otherwise worthwhile.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/12/2005
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • UPC: 015891107929
  • Catalog Number: 1079
  • Sales rank: 127,915

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Terry Allen Primary Artist, Keyboards, Vocals
Joe Ely Vocal Harmony
Jo Harvey Allen Narrator
Tommy Anderson Trumpet, Tuba
Donna Jo Barnes Vocal Harmony
Don Caldwell Saxophone
Donnie Maines Drums, Vocal Harmony
Kenny Maines Bass, Vocal Harmony
Lloyd Maines Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar, Autoharp, Tambourine, Vocal Harmony
Curtis McBride Drums
Russ Standefer Tuba
K.V. Prasad Mridamgam
Bonnie Wilkerson Vocal Harmony
Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer
Terry Allen Composer
Don Caldwell Mastering
Alan Crossland Mastering
Lloyd Maines Producer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Fred Remmert Remastering
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