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Boats to Build

Guy ClarkAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B000002HC9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Baton Rouge
2. Picasso's Mandolin
3. How'd You Get This Number
4. Boats To Build
5. Too Much
6. Ramblin' Jack And Mahan
7. I Don't Love You Much Do I
8. Jack Of All Trades
9. Madonna W/Child Ca. 1969
10. Must Be My Baby

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Let it sink in April 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is awesome. I didn't like it at first, but after a while I realized this was a masterpiece. The duet with Emmylou Harris is probably the best duet I have heard in ages. If you like good songwriting and artistry, you will like this. But please don't judge it until you have listened 10 or 12 times
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Guy Clark album April 28, 2001
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
Well, it's my favourite anyway.
First thing that struck me was the sound: sharp as a knife, right in the room, yet rich and comfortable. The band are as tight as anything, and the whole record feels like it was was put together by somebody who knew how to get exactly what they had in their mind.
Good songs too, all by Guy Clark of course. The title track is probably my favourite, and one of Guy's best ever songs. A very appealing combination of a great lyric, good chorus and neatly woven acoustic guitars.
I like the blues songs on this album too. Like How'd You Get This Number and Picasso's Mandolin - the latter an interesting combination of off-the-wall lyrics and crystalline guitar work.
The duet with Emmylou (I Don't Love You Much Do I) tops off a great album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tired of the same ole same? January 15, 2000
Format:Audio CD
What a breath of fresh air Guy Clark brings to the music scene. This is an album that is comprised of songs that deal with real life in a very real way. From the cut Ramblin Jack and Mahan to the fresh I Don't Love You Much Do I to the haunting Madonna With Child this music cuts to very soul of the listener and makes you consider those most private parts of one's self. When the world gets you down and it seems nothing ever is gonna change put this album on get out the tools and build yourself a boat with your own two hands and remember it probably will be a fair curve from a noble plan. Thanks Guy Clark for reminding me that life is for living not observing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Song Writing January 20, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you are looking for twang and edge, this isn't your album right now. If you are looking for an incredible array of folky songs with a soft, compassionate feel, this IS your album. It is one of the best I own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songwriting December 17, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD. The songwring is extremely focused - not many wasted notes or words here! The words and music fit together seamlessly. The performances is inspired, and Emmylou Harris guests on the wonderful "I don't love you much do I". True, Guy Clark may have a limited vocal range, but his vocals are always highly distinct, and his singing here is more assured than on previous albums where his voice sometimes cracks uncomfortably. Excellent musicians. Highly recomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clark's classic March 5, 2007
Format:Audio CD
A near perfect record, and my favorite Clark outing. Songs are all good, varied and fun. Recording is superb for those who like acoustic intruments. All of Clark's records after this are also good, but this is 35 minutes of perfection. Never a dull moment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, honest music May 4, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you're new to Guy Clark's music, here's a good place to start. If not and you don't own it yet, get ready for your current 'Best Guy Clark Album I own' to be replaced.

When I first bought this one, I listened to the CD once at home on my very, very nice system and was deeply impressed. Not only is the songwriting and playing superb, but the sound quality is up to that same level. The guitars just ring with that honest sound you get from a well made acoustic guitar. The playing has that "favorite, most comfortable flannel shirt" sort of feel. The more you listen to it, the more you enjoy it.

You can't say that about a lot of music today.

One last comment: this one is GREAT driving music. Out on the open road, I was listening to this disc and on came Ramblin' Jack and Mahan. I'll bet I played that song four times in a row if I played it once... and pretty dang loud, too. I've found you can't listen to this one "Too Much"...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Boats to Build, by Guy Clark April 28, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a great album by a great singer/songwriter. Guy Clark is a song-writer's songwriter and his peers are people like Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zant, and other country artists with a Texas pedigree. Boats to Build is one of my favorite songs and the album has a lot of amazing finger picking, mandolin and other rootsy, Texas-style instrumental accompaniment, along with Clark's voice, which evokes whiskey and cigarettes, but in a good way.. warm, familiar and comfortable. He has a lot of old-school wisdom and weathered character, leavened with a shot of dark humor and some lyrical poetry for good measure.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars best song on the album
I was kind of hoping the rest of the songs were going to measure up with 'boats' but not so much. still a pretty good album over all. seen him live at the Spirit, Live Oak, FL. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Steven A. Langford
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
If you are a country music fan you will love this. He reminds you of Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson and the Texas music scene.Will make you smile.
Published 18 months ago by cynthia childs sweeney
4.0 out of 5 stars Love it
His phrasing is perfectly discriptive with the music setting the right mood for the story. The music is beautiful. You laugh, you cry, you wish you were there.
Published 22 months ago by Aub
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his very best
This is one of my all time favorite CDs. Classic Guy Clark with the title track stealing the show. It's an uplifting recording similar to his earlier works. Read more
Published on January 6, 2012 by Tomc
5.0 out of 5 stars Building a boat has never been this pleasant.
I may be biased by being a Guy Clark fan, but-this truely is his best work..Every song is a gem. He carefully crafted a distinct mood and flavor that makes this Cd ebb and flow... Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Capt. Ardy
5.0 out of 5 stars great writer great album
Guy clark is to country what carol king was to rock.great album great writing.Dobro Master jerry Douglas,Sam Bush on mandolin,Emmy lou Harris
what more could you ask for. Read more
Published on June 7, 2008 by R. J. Wallick
3.0 out of 5 stars Boats to Build
I like the whole CD but I ordered it for one song. And that song is awsome(I Don't Love You Much Do I)
Published on August 30, 2006 by B. Franzkowiak
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my style
I like Old No. 1 and really enjoy Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle and Emmylou Harris, but I can't really get into this album. Read more
Published on July 23, 2001
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