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  • Audio CD (December 7, 1999)
  • Label: Inside Records
  • ASIN: B00003TFL8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #863,917 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Indians
2. Bad Dog
3. All Nite Cafe
4. Toy
5. Devil and Me
6. Johnny and Joe
7. Angel of Sin
8. Terminal Neon
9. Dizzy Duck
10. Grassfire
11. Only One for Me
12. You Were

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Humor, hope, and magic mix with loneliness and oppression on John Trudell's Blue Indians. Trudell, a Santee Sioux poet, recites his straightforward social commentaries and romantic laments in an easygoing and, at times, sly manner. The melancholy world evoked by the poems is fleshed out by spare musical backup featuring traditional, wordless vocalizing, slide guitar, and low-key percussion. The unobtrusive blues-rock and soft-rock (Jackson Browne-produced) accompaniment keeps the focus on Trudell's words. Two narrative tracks, "Johnny and Joe" and "Dizzy Duck," stand out. "Johnny" is a desolate tale of booze, blood, and jealousy, while "Duck" details a dark scenario that jolts you with its surreal violence. But the album's highlight is "Angel of Sin," which hooks the listener with hornlike slide guitar and the repeated phrase "She told to me," hauntingly intoned by Trudell. --Fred Cisterna

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John my brother if you read this review, do pop in and say hello.
J Woods
If you have any interest in contemporary Native American music, this is an artist you need to experience.
randall hollis
Apart from all that, I find it a great album musically, just love listening to it.
Chris Muijzert

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By bluindn on April 6, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I've been listening to John since 1990 (Graffitti Man) and it's my good fortune to live in a part of the rez where I can see him and Bad Dog perform live every 60 days or so. A small, intimate place that holds about 60 people max and you are 8 feet from the stage. Usually, an artist's best work is their first album. That's the one that the record company, the promoter, the marketing guys, and the agents had nothing to do with. Then it goes downhill after that. Since John is not just an artist but an artist who maintains his integrity, he successfully reverses this trend. Consequently, each new album surpasses the last. That's the case with Blue Indians. The entire album is fabulous. The standouts (if they can be distinguished from the entire work) are Blue Indians, All Nite Cafe, Devil and Me, Angel of Sin, Terminal Neon, and the intensely poignant and personal You Were (written in 1981, two years after the tragic loss of John's wife). The album is flawlessly produced by Jackson Browne. John has behind him one of the most talented, fluid, and tightest bands in the industry; Mark Shark and Billy Watts who elevate guitar playing to artistry, Rick Eckstein on percussion, and the fabulous Quiltman on backing traditional vocals. Poets and poetry have a two-fold mission, to speak the truth and to make you proud to be a human being. John Trudell and Blue Indians does both.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By randall hollis on September 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
A year or two ago (b4 I got a computer and discovered amazon.com) I was showing a friend a couple of CD's I would like to have at -are you ready?- [the store]. I listened to a short piece of this album and wasn't sure about the spoken lyrics. I tend to like instrumental works so the words don't get in the way of my writing (I always write to music). When she went back to purchase a present she couldn't remember which ones I wanted but remembered me picking up this blue cardboard covered one and it was Native American, so she bought it. Man, am I glad she blanked out! I don't listen to it while writing but I listen to it all the time when I can actually listen. This is true poetry that, to me, goes beyond any genre. The writing rings with power and truth, the music is well written and complements the lyrics incredibly. If you have any interest in contemporary Native American music, this is an artist you need to experience. In fact you probably should listen to it anyway. It has become one of my favorites in an extensive collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I discovered this Santee Dakota poet lately, and I am happy I have. This cd is my fourth by him. Yes, I am addicted to John Trudell's voice! Once you have heard this man you can't help wanting to get all his discography. And this one "Blue Indians", even if it's out of stock (I don't know why), you have to find a way to get a copy because all that is said in this album is worth to be heard - music and lyrics! Each song is unique and have got something special that will touch you in a way or an other.
As a woman, I wish I was this "Angel Of Sin" who "told to him...", or imagine being this "Toy" which "doesn't like to be seen working the pretty", or I dream being "The Only One For Him". I am haunted by "Devil & Me" and I love lessen to John Trudell saying again and again "It's the way I run Baby"...
Blue Indian, Bad Dogs, All Nite Cafe, Terminal Neon, Johnny and Joe, Dizzy Duck, all songs which touch the heart and open people's mind.
And then "You Were" the last song, true sacred song which tell so much about John Trudell's heart. This man's heart which knows so well about the meaning of being an human being. This man's voice which says out lout that Indian people are not reduced to statistics! Thanks John!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By East Coast fan on December 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I ended up getting this CD thru an auction because no one stocks it...but it's one of his best, worth the wait.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 26, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album, Blue Indians, is long overdue! Trudell is finally back with his 3rd CD, and he's as eloquent as ever. Still angry, still loving; sarcastic, sad, and still chuckling... Raw poetry, carried by great rock music; bluesy blues, swinging blues, and sometimes even a little jazzy ("Dizzy Duck"); with just the right dose of djembe beats; and the excellent backing vocals of Mark Shark, Billy Watts, and --of course-- Quiltman. Tradional sounds interweaved with the sharp electric sounds of this modern day & age. DNA. Next time, JT, don't wait so long in between releases... or make a double CD! :)
Elsie Herten - KOLA International Campaign Office
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