Wheels of Fortune

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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not content to wait 30 more years to record an album, Flatlanders Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock deliver another gem less than two years after the release of their exhilarating comeback, Now Again. Hancock, who penned 5 of the 14 songs here and collaborated on another, sets the album's tone with his skewed sensibility. The gentle, rolling rhythm of "Wheels of Fortune" provides a "John Wesley Harding"–like ambiance for a cautionary tract about loving sincerely or not at all, sung with fragile beauty by Jimmie Dale. Hancock suffuses "Wishin' for You" with a chunky, languorous Tex-Mex feel, given added spice by Gilmore's soulful voice, as it rolls out the ...
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Barnes & Noble - David McGee
Not content to wait 30 more years to record an album, Flatlanders Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock deliver another gem less than two years after the release of their exhilarating comeback, Now Again. Hancock, who penned 5 of the 14 songs here and collaborated on another, sets the album's tone with his skewed sensibility. The gentle, rolling rhythm of "Wheels of Fortune" provides a "John Wesley Harding"–like ambiance for a cautionary tract about loving sincerely or not at all, sung with fragile beauty by Jimmie Dale. Hancock suffuses "Wishin' for You" with a chunky, languorous Tex-Mex feel, given added spice by Gilmore's soulful voice, as it rolls out the tale of a fellow who knows the danger of loving but can't contain his affection for a special gal. And the shuffling, acoustic-fired "Eggs of Your Chickens" has Hancock's own weathered vocal to recommend it as he explains, with assistance from the eerie moans of a musical saw, why it's time for him to move on from a stagnant love affair. Ely provides the hard, West Texas edge with his gritty, tense vocal on Gilmore's roiling "Midnight Train" and offers up one of his finest sketches of a lovable ne'er-do-well in the bopping tale titled "I'm Gonna Strangle You Shorty." Written by Gilmore and Hancock, "See the Way" is classic, first-album-era Flatlanders: ethereal, acoustic-based music of varied influences cradling three voices advising a belief in love as salvation, against all odds. Romantic realists to the hilt, the Flatlanders fearlessly explore their hearts, and their hearts always bless them with priceless gifts of insight. Their blessing is our gain.
Rolling Stone - Joe Caramanica
1/2 The group's trad-country is crisp and decorous.
Entertainment Weekly - Craig Havighurst
Near perfection... Country at its elemental best. (A-)
Blender - Rob Tannenbaum
Their wise, playful story-songs retain a mischievous vitality, despite their combined age of 175.

Near perfection... Country at its elemental best. (A-)
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: New West Records
  • UPC: 607396604920
  • Catalog Number: 6049
  • Sales rank: 118,463

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Flatlanders Primary Artist
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Harmony, Group Member
Butch Hancock Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals, Harmony, Group Member
Joe Ely Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Harmony, Group Member
Mitch Watkins Guitar, 12-string Guitar
Lloyd Maines Steel Guitar
Tony Pearson Harmony
Steve Wesson Saw
Chris Searles Percussion, Drums
Gary Herman Bass
Joel Jose Guzman Accordion
Rob Gjersoe Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Slide Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Technical Credits
Jimmie Dale Gilmore Composer
Butch Hancock Composer, Cover Design
Joe Ely Composer, Producer, Cover Design
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Little Johnny Fader Producer
Jim Wilson Engineer, Mastering
Al Strehli Composer
Milt Orent Composer
Chuck Hermes Cover Design
Jimmy Fader Engineer
Matthew Fuller Cover Design
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