The Wind's Dominion

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Somewhere within The Wind's Dominion, a masterpiece is waiting to get out. At least eight lovely songs, including "Fightin' for My Life," "Row of Dominoes," and "Personal Rendition of the Blues," clock in around 35 minutes, or about the same length as Neil Young's Harvest. But Butch Hancock sinks his sophomore effort by loading it down with 30 more minutes of weak tunes and a mixed bag of arrangements. Cuts like "Once Followed By the Wind" and "Long Road to Asia Minor" would have sounded fine as outtakes on a box set, while other oddities like the a cappella "Sea's Deadog Catch" should have been left in the vault. All pale beside the real stuff, and since the good ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
Somewhere within The Wind's Dominion, a masterpiece is waiting to get out. At least eight lovely songs, including "Fightin' for My Life," "Row of Dominoes," and "Personal Rendition of the Blues," clock in around 35 minutes, or about the same length as Neil Young's Harvest. But Butch Hancock sinks his sophomore effort by loading it down with 30 more minutes of weak tunes and a mixed bag of arrangements. Cuts like "Once Followed By the Wind" and "Long Road to Asia Minor" would have sounded fine as outtakes on a box set, while other oddities like the a cappella "Sea's Deadog Catch" should have been left in the vault. All pale beside the real stuff, and since the good tunes weren't front-loaded, it gives the impression that no one involved could separate the chaff from the wheat. Several of these tunes, like the title cut, "Gift Horse of Mercy," and "Smokin' in the Rain," would show up later on a couple of Sugar Hill collections, and they're as good as anything on his debut, West Texas Waltzes and Dust-Blown Tractor Tunes. Besides differences in production, The Wind's Dominion also lacks the social-political dimension of his first album. Hancock's left-field point of view, sense of wordplay, and rough and ready vocals, however, remain intact. Despite lapses and misfires, The Wind's Dominion qualifies as a valuable album that captures the genius and growing pains of a vital artist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/1/2000
  • Label: Rainlight Records
  • UPC: 614511704120
  • Catalog Number: 1644
  • Sales rank: 356,023

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Butch Hancock Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Vocal Harmony
Joe Ely Dobro, Vocal Harmony
Ponty Bone Accordion
David Halley Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Bill Gammill Piano
Donnie Maines Drums
Kenny Maines Bass
Lloyd Maines Acoustic Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Tim McCasland Banjo
Tony Pearson Trombone, Baritone Horn
Sharon Ely Autoharp
Bruce Alderson Upright Bass
Jim Eppler Mandolin
Richard Bowden Fiddle
Technical Credits
Butch Hancock Composer, Producer
Don Caldwell Engineer
Lloyd Maines Producer, Engineer
Guy Juke Cover Art
Jerry Tubb Mastering
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