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What do you get when you cross country music with prog rock? Something not unlike this recording by former New Grass Revival singer John Cowan. Cowan's formidable voice has always been bigger than bluegrass, and on Always Take Me Back he leaves no doubt that his roots are as firmly planted in rock dramatics as in the string music of his Kentucky upraising. If you are among the select few who have always yearned to hear Yes's "Long Distance Runaround" done without irony and with a drum program, banjo, and fiddle backing (it works better than you would think), or the recitation from King Crimson's "In Discipline" pasted over a banjo instrumental, you've come to the right place. Cowan's own tunes are well-crafted tales of his family relationships and upbringing, sung with a power that occasionally dwarfs his semi-acoustic backing. Bluegrass, like prog rock, has always been the province of virtuoso instrumentalists, so perhaps the combo should not be so surprising. It is not meant as a value judgment to say that if Journey had a banjo they might sound like this. --Michael Ross

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  • Audio CD (April 2, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill
  • ASIN: B0000636CP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,926 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Belew on April 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Of the three solo efforts by John Cowan,this is fast becoming my favorite. I have had the pleasure of seeing John's band on multiple occasions and to watch it grow and evolve.
This current line up is hot.This album contains a great mix of emotiontionally charged tunes with a few "just plain fun" tracks.
Scott Vestal shines with his progressive approach to the Banjo and his Roland driven synth Banjo.
John Cowan is growing with leaps and bounds in the songwriting department.
But it is the *Voice* that is the star of this show.
If you are unfamiliar with John Cowan you really should check him out and this album is a great starting point.
It is difficult to pidgeon hole the musical style into any one genre but here is a voice that demands wider recognition.
Buy this record,you will not regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2002
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I have followed John Cowan from the New Grass Revival to his own band now. Just when you think his music can't get any better, it does. The new album Always Take Me Back just blew me away. The production on this album is incredible. It covers ground from new grass, bluegrass, rock , country, soul, gospel. I especially liked Someone Give Me a Stone, which has a Celtic, funk sound with a rock edge. All of the songs on this Cd are good. There are no bad cuts. I got a tear in my eye hearing My Fathers Field. That brought back memories. Everyone should hear John Cowan's music. Its great and getting better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BluesgrassGRL on August 4, 2002
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As a HUGE fan of John's, I was so excited when the new album came out! No one has the soul and conviction he can put into a song! I love "Sittin' on Top of the World," I'm sure Jimmy Martin would be shocked by John's funk version! :0 Also, "Someone Give Me A Stone," made me smile! The ballads are John's forte, you can never quite explain how great he is until someone hears him sing! Buy the album and definitely check out the band if they get near your town!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tobyfan on April 10, 2002
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This is John Cowan's second solo CD since he formed his own band and it's just a wonderful as the first one. I really couldn't possibly choose which one I like better. There are two songs on this CD that really pack a punch. ``18 years,'' is a song about his father's painful legacy and ``Blood'' also deals with his family and his past. Powerful stuff. All of the songs left me humming and remembering the lyrics. I just can't listen to this CD enough. John's voice, as usual, is in fine form. He has the most beautiful voice I have ever heard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kimmy on April 3, 2002
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I have been a John Cowan and New Grass Revival fan for that last 10 years and out of all the John Cowan and NGR CD's this one tops them all! If I were to pick a favorite song on this cd...I CAN"T because they are all incredible Love alone, Call Me, Someone Give Me A Stone, Blood...they are all just GREAT!! Jeff Autry, Scott Vestal, Passi Leppikangas, and Randy Kohrs (replaced by Luke Bulla after the recording) are incredible musicians and they did an excellent job on this cd- you can't find and better musicians out there! Also if you haven't seen these guys live YOU MUST...so head out to the nearest festival and catch these guys and check out johncowan.com This
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