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Austin Sessions

Edwin McCainAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)

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In a way, Edwin McCain began sowing the seeds of Mercy Bound, his tenth album and debut for 429 Records, seven years ago. The songs comprising Mercy Bound are the fruits of an on-again, off-again collaboration with fellow singer/songwriter Maia Sharp that began in 2004 with their lovely duet “Say Anything.” Since co-writing and tracking that song, McCain and Sharp have kept up ... Read more in Amazon's Edwin McCain Store

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  • Audio CD (February 25, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atc Records
  • ASIN: B000089IY6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,250 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Let It Slide
2. No Choice
3. Go Be Young
4. Little Girls
5. Sorry To A Friend
6. Popcorn Box
7. I Want It All
8. Alive
9. Ghosts Of Jackson Square
10. Island Song
11. Wino's Lullaby
12. Romeo And Juliet

Editorial Reviews

Balladeer Edwin McCain revisits his Jurassic period with his sixth outing, eschewing modern technology to return to an almost all-acoustic format he became comfortable with while gigging in the resort town of Hilton Head, South Carolina. But this album is a little less joyful than McCain's usual offerings, as he spins tales of missed opportunities, bad timing, and failed relationships. Even his cover selections seem dour. Dire Straits' "Romeo and Juliet" never sounded so tragic, and Buddy Mondlock's "No Choice" seems brittle and hopeless. Even the previously recorded "Go Be Young" is darkened by regret, while the gritty "Let It Slide" asserts, "You know Elvis said only two things were certain: hookers and Coupe Devilles." Perhaps being dropped by his long-time label has caused McCain to view the glass as half-empty; he cautions fans on "Alive" that "life's roller coaster, it ain't got no safety bar." This stark and compelling collection is one of McCain's best. --Jaan Uhelszki

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome work by Edwin July 15, 2003
By ggbeans
Format:Audio CD
I was lucky enough to catch Edwin McCain live in Boston earlier this year. Before that I wasn't very familiar with his music aside from his radio ballads, so I was really surprised how much he absolutely. rocked. the. house. Besides being an amazing vocalist, the music ranged from earthy roots-rock to his signature love songs. He is a sensitive, often hilarious, storyteller with his words and guitar. When I heard his latest cd was an all-acoustic set, I purchased it almost immediately. Since then it's quickly become one of my all-time favorites!
Highlights include "Ghosts of Jackson Square," "Go Be Young," a heartbreaking cover of "Romeo and Juliet" and the new hit "I Want it All." To top it off, there's a multimedia extra in the cd which includes some clips from Edwin's DVD (Mile Marker), and a stirring performance of "I'll Be."
This is pure Edwin at his best. I can't say enough good things about this cd. Buy it, hear it, love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edwin McCain & his band are EXTREMELY talented November 6, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm one of those music fans that enjoys alot of different music....I simply appreciate talent, especially with all of the manufactured music and entertainment that goes on. I'm a HUGE fan of Edwin McCain, and in the course of listening to all of his music, and going to his shows, I've also realized how amazingly talented his band is. I simply love the Austin Sessions CD, perhaps because I am already a fan, but the sound, his voice, the songs.....I just can't say enough. I highly recommend Edwin McCains music, and the Austin Sessions is the cherry!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This CD is the answer to the requests of Edwin's die-hard fans & friends for years! He never lets us down on content either! Want to hear what it is like to be there IN PERSON ... minus all of the crowd noise? This is it. Just turn the lights low and get ready for your heart to be touched over and over again. For all those elements of your life when you couldn't find the words... he's got 'em. And the humor sprinkled around shows you that this is PURE EDWIN. It will leave you with a smile you may have trouble wiping off your face!
He is without a doubt the consumate singer, songwriter, lyricist, storyteller... The single "I Want It All" is haunting to anyone truly in love! "Wino's Lullaby" tugs on your heart strings; it has to be one of Edwin's best songs ever!!! "Beautiful Day" was co-written by Pete Riley [Treehouse]; a totally different sound! Romeo & Juliet has been a TREASURE to Edwin's oldest fans. We've been asking for this recording for years, and this version could not be more perfect. "Little Girls" ... Can't you just see the guys in the band sitting around writing this one? It's great fun! You won't just smile, you will laugh!!! Thanks for this one, Edwin, Larry, Pete & Phillip. "Island Song" is another favorite of the Edwin following. Only one listen will show you why it is Edwin's favorite song! "Ghosts," "Sorry to a Friend" & "Go Be Young" are even more beautiful than the original versions. "Popcorn Box" and "No Choice" will make you stop and think... and think. "Let Is Slide" is a true story about a recent Memphis visit. You'll be humming this for days!
As always, Edwin has out-done himself. This guy needs more public recognition for his talent... He is sooo much more than "I'll Be!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Disappointed! March 27, 2003
Format:Audio CD
I anticipated the release date for this album for about a month. The day it came out I was at the record store to pick up my copy. When I got home to listen to it, I was not disappointed. All of the anticipation was not wasted. I have to say that this was one of the best albums that I've bought in quite some time (and I buy a lot of music). Usually when I buy an album I only hear three or four songs that I really like but I loved every song on this album and I've played it to death since I bought it almost a month ago! This album is full of excellence--musically, lyrically, and performance wise. It's well worth the adding to your collection today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The man keeps giving us his best! March 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Okay. I admit I am a huge Edwin Mccain fan. However, having said that, fans expect that sooner or later the music is going to fade. I usually find that artists I favor have one or two bad cd's in which I wish I'd never spent my money! However, I'm happy to say that I've yet to find ONE bad cd by Edwin Mccain. I'm so happy that he included "sorry to a friend" on this cd as it hs quickly become one of my favorite Mccain songs. I've seen him live 8 times and he just gets better each time. This cd only further proves that Mr. Mccain has staying power! You won't be wasting your money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Edwin McCain at his finest August 2, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've always liked Edwin McCain, and I have a couple of his early CDs. But until I picked up this CD, I had no idea how absolutely talented this man was. I buy a lot of CDs, and this is easily the best one I've picked up this year. From "I Want it All" to "Beautiful Day" to an absolutely fabulous version of "Go Be Young," there isn't a single bad song on this CD.
Just buy it, you will not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Well, I guess I have to admit, I have NEVER heard a BAD Edwin CD. I just haven't. I LOVE good music; I have no patience for even mediocre music. This CD is one of Edwin's finest! ---

Austin Sessions is for ME... and for all of the people who truly enjoy his live shows. It is a true example of what you get LIVE. So, if you haven't had the chance to see a LIVE acoustic Edwin McCain concert, get Austin Sessions, turn the lights down loooooowwwwww, and just soak it in. You WON'T be sorry! ---

To go a step further, if you want to see how multi-talented Edwin McCain is, get Far From Over, too! I think what I love best about FFO is the fact that you can get EVERY STYLE of music there that Edwin performs. Jazz, Hard Rock, Soft Rock, Ballads, Folk, WHATEVER! BTW, anyone who has been touched in ANY way by adoption... given up a child for adoption, adopted a child or even been adopted... you need this CD. Edwin was adopted at birth by an amazingly wonderful and loving family. He does not know who his birth mother is. Listen to the song, "Letter to My Mother." It will just slay you. He is writing to his adopted Mom about how much he loves HER... and yet saying there is another woman out there that he loves... thanking her for giving him LIFE. AMAZING STORY, but an even more amazing song. Also, if you are a Christian, you will LOVE "Jesus, He Loves Me." It is a sort-of combination of Jesus Loves me and the Footprints poem. You can tell by listening that this is something coming from the depths of his spirit. He wrote and performed this song on the soundtrack, "Jesus: Music From & Inspired by the Epic Mini Series." This CD is also available on
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars awesome cd
this is a great disc with much better versions of songs previously released, just don't buy it here, it's a rip off. you can get it on edwin's site for less than half this price.
Published 7 months ago by cj
4.0 out of 5 stars Good relaxing music
I was not really familiar with Edwin Mccain's music till I heard it on Pandora. There are some really nice tunes on this CD, especially some of the acoustic ones.
Published 9 months ago by b in MA
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
I searched for this album for a long time, and it did not disappoint! I would definitely recommend this album!
Published 22 months ago by Whitney Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Drive To Work
Heard several songs from this CD but never was able to locate until I went to Amazon. The whole CD is great and love listening to it on my 20 minute drive to work. Read more
Published on September 15, 2011 by SCAH
5.0 out of 5 stars Great acoustic album
I'm a big fan of the acoustic singer songwriter type of music, and the Austin Sessions delivers a healthy dose of that. Read more
Published on September 18, 2010 by Scott Trindl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
LOVE Edwin McCain. I have been going to his concerts since he was a no name and love him just as much now as I did back then. He is a wonderful person on and off stage.
Published on July 16, 2010 by Jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really that good.
I wouldn't exaggerate about something like this: I listen to a LOT of music, genres ranging from straight ahead bebop to classic Reggae (Marley, Burning Spear) to modern "indie"... Read more
Published on October 14, 2007 by Dustin Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Austin Sessions
Edwin Mccain shows he truly is talented beyond the studio and "fluff" today's musicians use to promote themselves. All of his music is good but this CD is exceptional. Why? Read more
Published on December 13, 2004 by Toby P. Swanger
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 star for no, ALIVE
the advertisement for this cd here says that the song, Alive, is on this album. I got this album and nowhere can I find this track. Shame on the advertisers.
Published on June 27, 2003
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