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No Nutra-Sweet 4/4 dance record - for sure.

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Thank heavens and no Jeff Lynne..keep that guy far away.

I can't think of many, if any, non sugar coated - properly produced recordings of the last 30 years that are as raw and wild oats sounding as this Mudcrutch CD. Perhaps a group called "Cowboy" who were last heard in 1977 had released some wonderful recordings of this similar nature. In particular their first two LP's on Capricorn (Allman Brothers label) would offer comparable (not exact) sounds to that of this latest Mudcrutch.

Invoking much of the same style country rock with plenty of ear-candied vocal harmonies.

Kudos to Reprise and Mudcrutch for having enough gumption and faith to release such a long awaited unrestrained masterpiece. The more you hear it, the more you realize the rock world of 2008 needs some serious help. Mudcrutch are the new 2008 heroes and in essence, pioneers, helping us climb out of the doldrums of modern music.:045:

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i don't care if the record was cut in 10 days or 10 hours, it still seems a bit to polished to me. it lacks the rawness of the dirty knobs, but then again they aren't the dirty knobs. and why does everyone say it was recorded live? how else would you do it? i love the cd and the band, guess i was just expecting more of a raw bar type of sound.

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Ok..so a little bit of Turtle Wax was used on this recording..no big deal. It wasn't layers and layers of overdubs (can you say Boston ? or how about Tom Scholz ?) as on previous recordings with Jimmy Iovine for example. Bear in mind, the gang uses really fine equipment from the gear to their microphones and it was mixed rather well. Taking also into consideration all the years of recording experience these guys have had. No wonder it sounds so good yet so wholesome. "No preservatives" is perhaps a better choice of vernacular. That Crystal River track was recorded live and in one single take. When was the last time anyone can say they heard a recording of this nature released to the masses on a large record label? Maybe Link Wray's recording of Rumble on his 3 track in '59? It was as stripped down as it was going to get without being a monoraul (for those of us that remember that word) recording.

If on the other hand you're still pressed for a lesser produced sound we can respect that, visit the cell camera recordings of them live on youtube, that should do the trick. Always good to have plenty of options. :eek:

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Amen.

I'd like to see what Tom and the Heartbreakers would do with 'Above Water' if Mike was up for it.

Would never have dreamed of thinking that until heaing 'Midnight Flyer' morph into 'Bootleg Flyer' on the Mudcrutch CD :)

I wonder if the typical TP&HB audience could hang for a 9 minute jam?

[edit: Oh man, I need a smoke and a cold shower now]

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Good points especially on the 9 minute jam comment..I wonder AND worry especially for some of the derogatory comments made by reviewers/reporters who weren't there (i.e. early 70s) or flat out just don't get it. Frustrating.

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Amen.

"I wonder if the typical TP&HB audience could hang for a 9 minute jam?"

I could easily hang for one, and I'm betting a lot of the audience listens to TP&HB because they have attention spans that last longer than the new Mariah Carey song... ;)

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To repeat the KOZT interview--this album does sound phenomenal in the headphones! The more you listen, the better and better it gets!

And most stuff is so bad now--in all areas of the recording process--is it even fair to call it "music"? I sure wouldn't. :eek:

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I'm not sure how much you know about recording or production or how sensitive your ears are to corporate, let's make everything a dance hit, syrupy-sappy over sugar coated made-for-the-masses music but Jeff produces the best of them. IMHO he takes so much away from the natural elements of the bands he produces by adding layer after layer after layer until your ready to puke. In addition he makes everything he touches have ELO overtones. Yucch. I'd rather eat Apple sauce with broken glass as a side dish. He's the main reason why I struggle with Full Moon Fever and I can't own a copy of Traveling Wilbury's.too painful to listen too. If you grew up with the Heartbreakers first LP in 1976 (I did) and watched them moprh over the years into Jeff Lynne Land you may understand my commentary. And I thank you for your inquiry :)

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I'd like to see what Tom and the Heartbreakers would do with 'Above Water' if Mike was up for it.

Oh, gosh. I had forgotten about Above Water. That would be so nice to hear released on an album.

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Yucch. I'd rather eat Apple sauce with broken glass as a side dish.

I don't care for the Jeff Lynn produced stuff either, but this may be going a bit too far. Maybe chocolate pudding...

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If you grew up with the Heartbreakers first LP in 1976 (I did) and watched them moprh over the years into Jeff Lynne Land you may understand my commentary. :)

As Roy once sang , "You're not alone." I don't own any of the Petty/Lynne collaberations. They aren't necessarily bad, just not my cup of tea. I like ELO on it's own merits, not mixed with the Heartbreakers.

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I guess I'm on the fence about Jeff Lynne. Usually I don't like to hear producers put their own musical imprint on every record they make. At least he's toned it down somewhat on the more recent stuff like Highway Companion or Brainwashed. I think Jeff Lynne productions sound good at first listen but don't necessarily age well.

But enough about that, what I really like about the Mudcrutch album is its freshness. I'm hard pressed to recall a veteran artist that has made a record lately that sounds this fresh. Now by that I don't mean light-hearted lyrics and bouncy rhythms, rather a feeling that you're hearing them (Tom, Mike and Benmont in this case) for the first time. Paul McCartney's oldies album Choba B CCCP comes to mind and it was recorded in much the same way. Even though it's some of the same musicians, Mudcrutch makes the Heartbreakers of The Last DJ sound old and tired by comparison. I'm reminded of an album by a local folk singer titled Simple Things Done Well, I think that sums up Mudcrutch perfectly.

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what I really like about the Mudcrutch album is its freshness.

First, dug on the responses from some of you on the Jeff Lynne! Amen.

Freshness is a good word. Im might add the The Jayhawks and Wilco to having also released some fine unrestrained traditionally sound music of similar caliber.

Based on my readings and beliefs, Tom rolled the dice with this one and struck it right. It was a good booster shot in the arm that modern rock music needed so desperately.

Quote - Tom Petty - "Mamma Called Daddy a Son of A Bitch"

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since everyone is jumping in, so will i. i'm a jeff lynne fan from his days with "the move" to "elo" and as a solo artist. i love his work with george harrison, roy orbison, tom petty and the traveling wilburys. he has a knack of writing a hit, some may call it commercialism, but don't all stars write a song to become a hit? personally the highlight of the 2006 tour for me was when jeff walked on stage at the hollywood bowl and sang roys part to the wilbury song "handle with care". to see jeff and tom smiling at each other while performing was priceless, you could actually feel their love and respect for each other. jeff can produce a record for me anytime.

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