Wheels of Fortune

Wheels of Fortune

by The Flatlanders
     
 

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
New West Records
UPC:
0607396604920
catalogNumber:
6049
Rank:
98416

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

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,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,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
Strehli   Composer
Milt Orent   Composer
Chuck Hermes   Cover Design
Jimmy Fader   Engineer
Matthew Fuller   Cover Design

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