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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 18, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • ASIN: B0000003UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,478 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

For his sixth release, Russell hired West Coast roots rock producer/bassist Dusty Wakeman for a big sound that at times recalls Bruce Springsteen's Darkness On the Edge of Town. . . . Russell is a gifted songwriter who populates his songs with empathetic characters and adds details that evoke the smell of blood or choking power of dust. Manzanar" adopts the point of view of a former Japanese-American prisoner put in an American concentration camp built after Pearl Harbor was bombed; "Hong Kong Boy" depicts the violence and racism of Chinese gangs vs. the Vietnamese . . . and the pumped-up, blue-eyed soul of "The Extra Mile" pays tribute to durable singer Mitch Ryder." --Decibel Dennis MacDonald

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This isn't my favorite Tom Russell album, there are others that I certainly prefer. One thing about Tom Russell, even the stuff that's not his 'best' is better than 98% of what's out there. I bought Box Of Visions because it includes 'Blood Oranges', a song based on Paul Bowles short story 'A Distant Episode'. The short story is one of the most disturbing things I've ever read, and the song manages to capture Bowles eerie images of Moroccan 'random violence/vengance?' so well that it makes me shudder every time I hear it, almost caused me to wreck the car the first time I heard it on the radio. A well crafted song should evoke emotions, and this one can certainly do that for me, goosebump city. It's a reminder that not everything that's well done has to be 'pretty'. As always with Tom Russell, excellent songwriting, but if you're not already familiar with his work, or are easily 'creeped out', start with 'The Long Way Around' or his latest 'The Man From God Knows Where'. Not a shudder in the bunch on those, unless it's one of those catlike sheer delight shudders that hits just before ecstasy sets in and the mind goes blank. Hey, Tom does good stuff. You don't believe me, find a place where it's safe to pass out and listen.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Ringwald on February 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Tom Russell is simply one of the best songwriter/poets out there. However, for a first alblum, I would buy The Long Way Around which is a compilation of many of his best songs, or his most recent offering, Love and Fear. On this album, "Blood Oranges" is one of his more disturbing songs illustrating the dangers of getting what you wish for.
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