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A Case for Case [Import]

Various , Peter Case , James McMurtry , Joe Ely , Dave Alvin , Hayes Carl Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hungry for Music
  • ASIN: B000FQW066
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,381 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5. Brindley Brothers - Oldest Story in the World - Sam Baker
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7. Brad Rice - Somethingoming - Jackie Greene
8. Mark Mulcahy - Small Town Spree - Susan Cowsill
9. John Prine - Space Monkey - Mark Winsick Band
10. Steven Jackson - Crooked Mile - Chris Smither
11. Bill Kirchen - This Town Riot - Jodie Manross & Laith Keilany
12. Mike Martt - Wake-up Call - Bob Neuwirth
13. Kevn Kinney - Walk in the Woods - Richard Buckner
14. Marvin Etzioni - Old Blue Car - Kim Richey
15. Jeffrey Foucault - Entella Hotel - Timothy Bracken
16. Peter Case - Beyond the Blues (live) - Victoria Williams

Editorial Reviews

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Rare is the songwriter whose work could sustain a 3-disc examination and never falter. Since the late '70s, Peter Case has plied a richly storied, sharply drawn musical path, first with crackling pop-punk Plimsouls and then as a rootsy singer-songwriter. Hungry For Music, a great non-profit dedicated to bringing positive musical & creative experiences to underprivileged kids, spent years putting together this fabulous collection of thoughtful takes on Case's work, the proceeds of which will benefit their worthy organization. Bread-and-butter stalwarts like Dave Alvin, Victoria Williams, Joe Ely, Todd Snider and John Prine mingle with newcomers like Jackie Greene, Brad Rice and Jeffrey Foucault. And the kicker is every cut is dead satisfying. Case is a backroads philosopher who examines daily life with a worldly-wise POV that's matured & shifted over time. Case write about what's just beyond our reach and the things at hand that sustain us. Over 48 tracks, one hears the flexibility and indefatigable quality of his pen. For example, Lester Chambers injects southern soul into "Walking Home Late" with gospel songbirds & creamy horns, while Chris Smither crawls inside the sadness & intimacy of "Cold Trail Blues" with amazing tenderness. The ladies in particular really sink into Case's material with affecting grace. Mary Battiata's "Paradise, Etc.", Jodie Mantross & Laith Keilany's "Green Blanket" and Claire Holley's "Two Angels" rank as some of the best handling of his work ever. This is quintessentially American music, redolent with the blues, folk and rock, combining the best parts of each in order to tell stories that stay with us like our own history. Dennis Cook, Honest Tune magazine --Honest Tune

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tribute to one of the best songwriters February 15, 2007
You may not have heard of Peter Case or heard any of his excellent records. This 3 disc tribute seeks to remedy that situation by bringing a wealth of other singers and songwriters in to interpret songs by Peter Case. Peter was in the Plimsouls in the late '70s, penning a classic of the era, "A Million Miles Away." Then he went solo and has released several of the best albums of their respective years.

You have probably heard of some of the folks on this record: Joe Ely, Chris Smither, Richard Buckner, Dave Alvin, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, John Prine, Victoria Williams. Their presence is a testament to the esteem in which Peter is held by other great songwriters. 47 songs, 47 artists, and a lot of listening enjoyment. If you want to find out why these folks admire Peter Case's music, check this out. Then go find Peter's own records because you will definitely want to hear the original versions, not to mention all the other great songs you'll find on any Peter Case album. Enjoy the discovery, or if you've already become a fan, enjoy these wonderful cover versions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Roots Country April 8, 2007
By Basher
It's easy to hear why this affordable 3-disc box set got rave reviews from No Depression and Bob Harris of the BBC. Buffalo's Peter Case writes songs that are smart, sad, funny, and empowering--often all at once. The performers interpreting Case's songs in this collection are a "Who's Who" of the No Depression scene (Alvin, Prophet, Ely, Russell, Richey, Snider, Kirchen, etc.). There are a lot of really interesting variations in these cover versions. If your collection of Case CDs isn't complete before you hear this box set, you'll seek out his entire back catalog, which is so strong. The tribute's covers are not repeats of the originals by any means. There are also plenty of songs from Case's earlier work with the power pop Plimsouls. Anyone who enjoys Dylan, Prine, or Springsteen should check this collection out (Hey, Springsteen covered Case's "Beyond the Blues" at a Bottom Line sound check in 1992!). Like Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Case has been one of America's most under-rated songwriters. This collection puts the record straight. Buy this bargain three-disc box set. The proceeds benefit Hungry For Music, a DC-based charity that provides musical instruments to disadvantaged kids. Then go hear Peter Case and shake his hand.
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