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Blackjack David [Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD]

Dave AlvinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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It took a near-death experience to reunite Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin, the California brothers at the heart of "roots heroes" (Rolling Stone) The Blasters.

"Phil died and was brought back to life over in Spain," Dave says of his brother's 2012 health scare. "That was a real wakeup call to me. We hadn't made a full album together since 1985, but as you get ... Read more in Amazon's Dave Alvin Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 22, 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Hybrid SACD - DSD, Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Mobile Fidelity Koch
  • ASIN: B00006SF9F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,956 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blackjack David
2. Abilene
3. New Highway
4. California Snow
5. Evening Blues
6. The Way You Say Goodbye
7. Mary Brown
8. Laurel Lynn
9. 1968
10. From a Kitchen Table
11. Tall Trees

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The work of a genuine troubadour... August 5, 1999
Format:Audio CD
It's hard for me to be objective about any work from Dave Alvin...I just respect his music so much. But even I wasn't ready for the beauty of the title track, which has proven to be a truly haunting theme since this album was released. I must have listened to it a dozen times before I was ready to tackle the rest of this album. Dave Alvin is, in my estimation, the most underrated, overlooked artist of our time but I really don't think it matters to him. He had a (sort of) heyday with The Blasters, but comparing those times with these is like comparing The Dark Ages with The Industrial Revolution. Two periods, albeit prolific, nonetheless completely different. With "BLACKJACK DAVID", Alvin continues with what he does best...songs about people, songs about situations, and songs about love, loss, heartache, redemption, and hope. He can rock and roll ya one minute ("Abilene" or "New Highway") and have ya crying tears of poignant melancholy the next ("California Snow" or "1968"). He surrounds himself with crackerjack musicians, The Guilty Men, his touring band, and others who complement his music well. You can't buy a bad Dave Alvin record; it's as simple as that. And the best thing is, if this is your first Dave Alvin album, what a trip you have in store. Go back for classics like "KING OF CALIFORNIA" and "BLUE BLVD." and "INTERSTATE CITY". I feel privileged to appreciate artists like Garnet Rogers, Peter Himmelman, and Dave Alvin. Their music transcends the truly comes from the heart and soul of the artist himself. You can listen to what everyone else is listening to, or you can listen to great music performed by great artists. Dave Alvin is a great artist and a wonderful musician. "BLACKJACK DAVID" is a keeper. Do yourself a favor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars California's Best Songwriter November 16, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Those of us who live in Southern California have had the pleasure of seeing a lot of Dave Alvin over the years. Along with Tom Russell, Dave Alvin is one of America's greatest songwriters. He and Russell teamed up to write "California Snow" for this CD -- possibly one of the most moving songs I've ever heard. The song 1968 was previously recorded by Chris Gaffney. This album's version doesn't rock like Gaffney's but will affect your emotions as well. Other terrific songs include all of them but especially the title track and Mary Brown.
For those of you who have never seen Dave live, check out the Hightone Records web site and find out when he comes to your town. He recently opened for Bob Dylan in the East Coast and tours regularly. Seeing him now is a treasure -- it must be similar to those who saw Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park before he became famous and moved to Beverly Hills.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars American Music December 12, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been listening to Dave Alvin in form or another for going on 20 years now. While I'll admit I prefer his Stratocaster to his Martin, I can say with conviction I LOVE every single record he's ever made from the Blasters on. This record is particularly compelling. Listen to "Mary Brown" and you'll realize that even Bob Dylan doesn't write better songs than Dave Alvin. I've read a lot about his limited vocal abilities and have to say that I totally disagree with that perspective. His raggged-but-right vocals on Romeo's Escape are charming (and there's more Strat there too!) and the vocals get better with each record. I think the vocals on this record are absolutely beautiful, especially "Tall Trees". The reason for 4 stars instead of five is that I don't really care for "California Snow" (maybe its a personal problem - I bet Dave owns a Tom Russell coffee mug). Dave Alvin makes American Music pure and simple and NOBODY gets it as right as he does as often as he does. I HIGHLY recommend every single one of his records, but especially this one, King of California and my favorite of his solo records - Romeo's Escape.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER AMERICAN CLASSIC July 24, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD contains another classic group of songs that I can't listen to enough. Each and every song could be mentioned as my favorite (and at various times, each is). "1968", "California Snow", and "Abiline" are songs that stop me in my tracks each and every time, the stories ring so true. That, in essence, is what makes this CD (like all of Dave Alvin's music) so special. There is no weak point; the lyrics and music are strong and the mix of musical styles is seamless. In addition, Alvin's vocals keep getting better & better. He truly TELLS a story musically. In other words, the arrangements are haunting, the musicians are excellent, the lyrics are pure poetry. What more could one want?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cut above August 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The difference between Dave Alvin and other countryish folk-rockers (i.e. Richard Buckner, Vic Chestnutt, etc) is the quality of his songs. Sure, many artists can create a deep, moving, country SOUND, but how many can really write a SONG that tears your heart out? That leaves you feeling sexy? Whose lyrics make you think? Dave Alvin does the sound AND the songs. I also own King Of California and that record is wonderful too. Seen him twice live, and he is also a very nice man. Listen to this one and weep!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Taste of Americana June 21, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I didn't know much about this artist till an audiophile friend told me to just go out and buy it. Man, he was right, I was blown away. I am not a musicologist but I know what I like. This is a true "Americana" album, full of great stories of being on the road and life's heartaches. Great vocals and lyrics, acoustic guitars, etc. It sounds amazing too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Black Jack Dave / Not a 21
I have quite a few of Dave Alvin album's and this is not by any means
on the top..... Rather I would say on the bottom.
1st. Ashgrove
2nd. West of the West
3rd. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James McGinn
5.0 out of 5 stars Sealing the Deal
If King of California is his best, this comes very close. Very much in the same style, I love "California Snow", "1968", "Abilene", "Evening Blues"... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Daniel W. Bleier
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, Dave!
I really loved Dave Alvin's Blackjack David. He has a very strong voice and words, and his background music is amazing. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by Big John
5.0 out of 5 stars Dave Alvin gives a great performance in Blackjack David
Dave Alvin gives a great performance in Blackjack David, would always recommend for a complete music selection
Published on January 5, 2012 by Mark Saalbach
5.0 out of 5 stars Just "discovered" this album.
I just recently heard some selections from this album online and decided I wished to hear them all. Terrific! I love the variety of the songs and how well they are performed. Read more
Published on May 7, 2008 by California Dreamin' in Ohio
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite CD
I own over 300 albums and this one is my favorite. I have listened to it at least 100 times and chills still run down my spine during certain songs. Read more
Published on February 25, 2007 by Thomas More
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid 5 star effort
Ordered this a couple of weeks ago and have been listening to it all the time. It has an alt-country flavor to it that is intensely satisfying. Truly a great album. Read more
Published on January 14, 2007 by johno53
5.0 out of 5 stars Compared To......
Dave Alvin's "Blackjack David" is better than any American record since Springsteen's "Nebraska" which makes it one of the greatest albums of all-time (in my humble opinion !). Read more
Published on May 1, 2006 by Stevie Dal
5.0 out of 5 stars Touches your soul
Dave Alvin again demonstrates his singer-songwriter style with great words full of strong emotions. We saw Dave live in concert recently just after the release of Ashgrove. Read more
Published on February 22, 2006 by Burford
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant luxury..
The song From A Kitchen Table is his masterpiece period! Every artist has that hope to be the best they can be someday. Read more
Published on July 13, 2004 by David Perry
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