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Blue Horse [Import]

The Be Good TanyasAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

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Alt folk trio, The Be Good Tanyas have achieved cult status since their inception in the late 90's. With classic albums "Blue Horse", "Chinatown" and "Hello Love", the three young women were met with ever growing critical and fan acclaim, garnering 4 star reviews in Rolling Stone and MOJO and selling out concert halls across North America and ... Read more in Amazon's The Be Good Tanyas Store

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  • Audio CD (December 9, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2001
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Imports
  • ASIN: B00005OAGD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,668 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Little Birds
2. Broken Telephone
3. Rain And Snow
4. Lakes Of Pontchartrain
5. Only In The Past
6. The Coo Coo Bird
7. Dogsong aka Sleep Dog Lullaby
8. Momsong
9. Don't You Fall
10. Up Against The Wall
11. Oh Susanna
12. Light Enough To Travel

Editorial Reviews

On their debut CD, three young Canadian songbirds (Frazey Ford, Samantha Parton, and Trish Klein) join the neo-trad movement that has given us such notable voices as Iris DeMent and Gillian Welch. But where Welch finds inspiration in the dark hollows and tragic tales of Appalachian music, the Be Good Tanyas seek out sweetness and light, reveling in the interplay of their beautifully trilling voices. Blue Horse is deeply rooted but is not an exercise in old-time purism; originals outnumber traditional songs, and the core accompaniment of guitar and banjo is often supplemented by bass and drums, creating a Rickie Lee Jones-esque lilt in "The Littlest Birds" and a reggae-tinged groove on the haunting old ballad "Rain and Snow." The band name may be a bit tough to get your lips around, but the music of this talented trio is a refreshing drink from a clear mountain stream. --Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers

Product Description

1. mthe litlest birds, 2. broken telephone, 3. rain and snow, 4. lakes of ponchartrain, 5. only in the past, 6. the coo coo bird, 7. dogsong aka sleep dog lullaby, 8. momsong, 9. don't you fall, 10. up against the wall, 11. oh susanna, 12. light enough to travel

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Americana comes from Canada February 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
There's something innocent and rough around the edges, almost tomboyish about this excellent CD. Where else can you find the childlike sense of wonder at singing a dog lullaby; a naivette that produces lines like "the littlest birds sing the prettiest songs," and the pure joy of a banjo playing a reggae beat (Rain and Snow)? The lyrics are sweet, the instrumentation pure and raw. Campfire harmonies make the cover of O Susanna a natural choice. I can almost smell the woodsmoke and smores, and see the glint of the strings from three great musicians just plain making music they love, and loving it. This album puts the folk back in folk music while managing to stay fresh and new. It is an incredible work of neo-traditional North American folk art -- trust your instincts and buy this disk!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Be Good Tanyas Are Amazing December 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Late last night I was driving between New York City and my home in East Hampton. I was listening to a new cd (well, new for me, the album is from 2000) by a group of female singers called The Be Good Tanyas. They are absolutely amazing. They play music that is kind of folky, bluegrassy--though mutedly so--and traditional, though none of those labels really describe what they do.

There are three female singers, and their voices are plaintive, sweet, forlorn, and gorgeous. They accompany themselves on guitar, banjo and mandolin, and the music has a purity and simplicity that allows it to be piercing and haunting. Their harmonies braid and intertwine and make you want to sing along with them (which believe me you do not want to hear when I do it), and then make you want to shut up and listen, because their singing is so gorgeous you need to be silent in order to appreciate it.

Not a bad song on the album, but check out their renderings of two traditionals: "lakes of ponchartrain" and "oh susanna" to see what these women can really do. If you had told me I would LOVE a version of that old chestnut "oh susanna" I would have thought you completely bananas, but fact is, it is amazing.

Blue Horse was the perfect music for being alone in a car hurtling through the night darkness thinking of love and loss and past and future which I was doing. This is the best cd I have purchased in a long time. I also recommend their second cd, Chinatown, and am waiting breathlessly for the third (oh please hurry up!).
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Be Good Tanyas - What heaven sounds like July 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The Be Good Tanyas are the perfect antidote to the soulless treacle passing for music these days. With their sparse, flawlessly executed tunes, haunting, elegant vocals, and intelligent lyrics, one gets the sense that they actually recognize the power of music and are devoted to their craft and not the pursuit of profits. Instead of providing merchandising opportunities or a springboard into multimedia dominance, the Be Good Tanyas make music that speaks directly to he heart. The messages are simple - pain and hope and comfort - but eternal. Refreshing as a summer rain, shining with understated enthusiasm, I can only hope the US music industry is paying attention. After the success of Down from the Mountain, one would hope that major record labels would be quick to seek out quality artists for a thirsty audience wandering too long in a desert of Brittany's and Jlo's. Equally disheartening is that the very best in music these days comes from Canada (besides the Be Good Tanyas, check out Sarah Harmer) and Australia (Kasey Chambers). Do yourself a favor, toss all of those American Idol wannbe CDs in the dumpster, pick up the Be Good Tanyas, and listen to what quality music should sound like. Maybe in a few years, the anemic US music industry will finally catch up to the discriminating standards of fans that appreciate music and not celebrity.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars canada finally earns my respect November 26, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
who would have thought that this would be the album that finally made me admire canadian music as an entity and even begin to love its inherent gritty charm? i mean, i know that a lot of amazing musicians like joni mitchell, neil young and fred eaglesmith are canadian and they're great and everything, but i've always thought of great canadian music as an exception to the rule. it's an ethnocentric world-view, i know, but i've given it up; The Be Good Tonyas' Blue Horse insists that there is a rawness and depth that is uniquely northern, and i have not found that essential vitality in american music, ever.
upon listening to the album, two things immediately occured to me: 1) the melodies of these songs are simple and flawless, the harmonies beautiful and completely unexpected. i found myself constantly thinking, 'wow, i never would have thought of that'; and 2) they're just so cool, and they don't even try. in fact, i'm going to go out on a limb here and say that frazey ford's lazy, seductive, semi-slurred vocal delivery is the essence of what jeff tweedy, ryan adams, and their alt-country disciples have built careers around trying to simulate.
the be good tonyas are the real deal. you can't listen to their songs without believing them and without your heart breaking along with theirs because they don't fake it. there's no bells and whistles and what you see is (thank God!) what you get. they could be your sister, your girlfriend, that wierd hippy friend you see once a year--sitting on your couch and singing you a new song she just wrote. and you can't help but love it, glitches, flubs, off-key notes and all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and unique
Wonderful and unique. The music is earthy yet has a magical quality. It is refreshing to hear something beautiful that isn't "over produced."
Published 22 days ago by N.Garcia
4.0 out of 5 stars The prettyest girls sing the prettyest songs!
I love the Canadian accent! Their version of the the Dead's 'Cold Rain and Snow' will make you dance! Good Album.
Published 5 months ago by Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
Great music! I accidentally stumble across their work while watching "Hell on Wheels" and have since become a big fan.
Published 8 months ago by Kenpo-Jujitsu Teacher
3.0 out of 5 stars Ordered this for my Brother.
I did not listen to this CD nor I know anything about the artist. It is impossible for me to properly evaluate this item. Had no complaints, however.
Published 11 months ago by Shirley A. Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
One of the best cd's I have ever purchased. One of the rare ones that every song is good. Listen to the clips and if it is your style of music then definitely purchase. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Andrew K.
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
good remakes of traditional bluegrass music, intersticiated with original hits. i was surprised that such a good bluegrass band came out of canada.
Published 17 months ago by soundwaveclick
5.0 out of 5 stars In constant rotation
A friend had suggested I listen to this group and this brought back memories of hearing their name in 2000 - 2001 on several list serves to which I was subscribed (Dar List and... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Cyril
5.0 out of 5 stars solid album, but worth it just for "the littlest birds"
I'm a huge music fan, but don't write many reviews. This is an album that really shouldn't be missed and someone needed to say something about it. Read more
Published on November 23, 2011 by tx chick
4.0 out of 5 stars A real treat!
The Tanyas stay close to their roots, performing alterd and enhanced versions of well known folksongs, as well as original material. Read more
Published on November 14, 2011 by E. J. Bucher
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
This group was like a breath of fresh air. Rarely, in the last 30 years, has a group emerged of such high quality and innovation. Read more
Published on January 14, 2011 by syd
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