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  • Audio CD (August 10, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B0002IQGCG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,622 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you are a fan of REK you will not regret buying this CD!
K. Henderson
"Corpus Christi Bay" is one of my deep all-time favorites, and "Paint The Town Beige"...well, anyone of a certain age can appreciate what he's saying.
Veronique Chez Sheep
It's discs like this one that have made that impossible - now it's hard to hear Keen's voice over the crowd's singing.
Taco

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Taco on April 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Arguably my favorite Keen disc, from back in the days when you could actually go to an REK show and hear him sing his songs himself. It's discs like this one that have made that impossible - now it's hard to hear Keen's voice over the crowd's singing. Both the crowd and Keen sing a little flat, and maybe a little off-key at times ... the best thing is that his unique voice only makes his songs better. Each track on this disc is listenable ... with more than half of them being superb Keen songs. "Whenever Kindness Fails" is the best this album offers, for me; its theme hits home ... one of those songs that makes you feel like an artist wrote it for you. "Amarillo Highway" is a great take on the Terry Allen original, revved up and stomping when REK sings it. The tale of long-haired Jesse is a classic Keen story, even better than "The Road Goes On Forever" (that surpasses it only in popularity). Of course, "Corpus Christi Bay" is on this disc ... along with "Crazy Cowboy Dream" and "Paint the Town Beige." Some Keen discs may have bigger hits. Some Keen discs may be less eclectic, more consumer-oriented. But this disc has more quality REK material than any of his others. This disc is a must-have for any quality music junkie. Buy it ... you'll see.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Henderson on August 12, 2006
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If you become a Robert Earl Keen, Jr. fan as I have, you probably own most or all of his music. I would put this CD just below West Textures and Gringo Honeymoon, and far above some of his others. Amarillo Highway and Corpus Christi Bay are a great start to this re-release, and other highlights include the story of "Jesse" (that song is good once you figure out the story), Night Right for Love, Paint the Town Beige and Crazy Cowboy Dreams. If you are a fan of REK you will not regret buying this CD!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Veronique Chez Sheep on September 2, 2004
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This album was my first introduction to Robert Earl Keen, about 12 years ago. From the stack of years between now and then, I can see where this album is where he really found his voice, moved a little past "gosh I'm tryin' for country" and made Americana Music his own. His lyrics are funny, quirky, sometimes unsettling, and speak truely. "Corpus Christi Bay" is one of my deep all-time favorites, and "Paint The Town Beige"...well, anyone of a certain age can appreciate what he's saying.

His voice is a little raw, a little not-perfect, just like you and me. Try it, you'll be hooked just like I was.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. P. on January 17, 2012
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A Bigger Piece of Sky is the kind of album that sneaks up on you. It was a gift, and I didn't really expect it to live up to some of Keen's later work, or Corpus Christi Bay, which has long been one of my favorite songs by any artist. And listening through the album a couple times that was true, but around the third or fourth time I listened to the album I started to absolutely love it.

A Bigger Piece of Sky reminds me a lot of Chris Knight's Trailer Tapes. An early album not as polished as later work, but with a raw beauty to it. Music that goes down like bourbon neat.

Corpus Christi Bay may not be as well known as big a crowd pleaser as The Road Goes on Forever (a great song in its own right), but it's as pitch perfect as a song gets. It's as poetic as Byron, tells as good a story as any Americana song, and a deep streak of melancholy lurking beneath its surface. That subtle melancholy is nowhere more stark than in the line, after his brother visits him (still in Corpus Christi Bay): "He said he finally gave up drinking, then he ordered me a beer." Life for his brother has moved on, and he's still mired in the same place. What's worse, his brother doesn't contemplate him doing so. He's marked incorrigible. And is there a less hopeful line than, "if I could live my life all over, it wouldn't matter anyway, because I never could stay sober"?

The seed of what would become The Road Goes on Forever are shown in Jesse with the Long Hair. Repetition is too often used as a crutch by musicians. Keen does repetition right in Blow You Away. Unfortunately, he does it wrong in Daddy Had a Buick.
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