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Rare is the songwriter whose work could sustain a 3-disc examination and never falter. Since the late '70s, Peter Case has plied a richly storied, sharply drawn musical path, first with crackling pop-punk Plimsouls and then as a rootsy singer-songwriter. Hungry For Music, a great non-profit dedicated to bringing positive musical & creative experiences to underprivileged kids, spent years putting together this fabulous collection of thoughtful takes on Case's work, the proceeds of which will benefit their worthy organization. Bread-and-butter stalwarts like Dave Alvin, Victoria Williams, Joe Ely, Todd Snider and John Prine mingle with newcomers like Jackie Greene, Brad Rice and Jeffrey Foucault. And the kicker is every cut is dead satisfying. Case is a backroads philosopher who examines daily life with a worldly-wise POV that's matured & shifted over time. Case write about what's just beyond our reach and the things at hand that sustain us. Over 48 tracks, one hears the flexibility and indefatigable quality of his pen. For example, Lester Chambers injects southern soul into "Walking Home Late" with gospel songbirds & creamy horns, while Chris Smither crawls inside the sadness & intimacy of "Cold Trail Blues" with amazing tenderness. The ladies in particular really sink into Case's material with affecting grace. Mary Battiata's "Paradise, Etc.", Jodie Mantross & Laith Keilany's "Green Blanket" and Claire Holley's "Two Angels" rank as some of the best handling of his work ever. This is quintessentially American music, redolent with the blues, folk and rock, combining the best parts of each in order to tell stories that stay with us like our own history. Dennis Cook, Honest Tune magazine --Honest Tune

1. Timothy Bracken Three-Way - Everyday Things - Hays Carll
2. The Kennedy Great Big World - Maura O'Connell
3. Chris Gaffney - Zero Hour - Lester Chambers (W / The Grandsons)
4. Western Electric - When You Find Out - Tom Russell
5. Brindley Brothers - Oldest Story in the World - Sam Baker
6. Steve Wynn - Million Miles Away - Chuck Phrophet
7. Brad Rice - Somethingoming - Jackie Greene
8. Mark Mulcahy - Small Town Spree - Susan Cowsill
9. John Prine - Space Monkey - Mark Winsick Band
10. Steven Jackson - Crooked Mile - Chris Smither
11. Bill Kirchen - This Town Riot - Jodie Manross & Laith Keilany
12. Mike Martt - Wake-up Call - Bob Neuwirth
13. Kevn Kinney - Walk in the Woods - Richard Buckner
14. Marvin Etzioni - Old Blue Car - Kim Richey
15. Jeffrey Foucault - Entella Hotel - Timothy Bracken
16. Peter Case - Beyond the Blues (live) - Victoria Williams

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: February 7, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hungry for Music
  • ASIN: B000FQW066
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,198 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Kearin on February 8, 2006
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Peter Case has been writing and performing great songs for thirty years and more, but even among devoted pop music fans too many people are still unfamiliar with him, which is really a shame. Of course, Peter's his own best interpreter, but this tribute set, which features covers of Case songs by his peers and admirers, is a first-class introduction to what he does.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Bruner on February 15, 2007
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You may not have heard of Peter Case or heard any of his excellent records. This 3 disc tribute seeks to remedy that situation by bringing a wealth of other singers and songwriters in to interpret songs by Peter Case. Peter was in the Plimsouls in the late '70s, penning a classic of the era, "A Million Miles Away." Then he went solo and has released several of the best albums of their respective years.

You have probably heard of some of the folks on this record: Joe Ely, Chris Smither, Richard Buckner, Dave Alvin, Todd Snider, James McMurtry, John Prine, Victoria Williams. Their presence is a testament to the esteem in which Peter is held by other great songwriters. 47 songs, 47 artists, and a lot of listening enjoyment. If you want to find out why these folks admire Peter Case's music, check this out. Then go find Peter's own records because you will definitely want to hear the original versions, not to mention all the other great songs you'll find on any Peter Case album. Enjoy the discovery, or if you've already become a fan, enjoy these wonderful cover versions.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dave R. Hoon on February 11, 2006
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I ran into Jeff Campbell in Los Angeles (We were attempting to get into a sold out Calexico show - I hope he was successful) and he passed on a sampler of this set. Now, most of us have some of these benefit collections and have found them wanting for many reasons. I love Alejandro Escovedo, but Por Vida only supports the notion that he may be the only one who can do justice to his unique songs. That said, Peter Case has turned out to be a different kettle of fish.

Jeff had told me there wasn't a weak song in the bunch and based on this taste, I agree. It starts off strong with Dave Alvin and the covers stay at a high level. Lester Chambers does a great "Walking Home Late" and Maura O'Connell pulls out the beauty of "Blue Distance." Another fave was Last Train Home's "Baltimore."

Peter Case is a gentle soul who I've seen light up a room and a hall with his music and charm. It's nice to see his voice spread out in a good cause.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Basher on April 8, 2007
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It's easy to hear why this affordable 3-disc box set got rave reviews from No Depression and Bob Harris of the BBC. Buffalo's Peter Case writes songs that are smart, sad, funny, and empowering--often all at once. The performers interpreting Case's songs in this collection are a "Who's Who" of the No Depression scene (Alvin, Prophet, Ely, Russell, Richey, Snider, Kirchen, etc.). There are a lot of really interesting variations in these cover versions. If your collection of Case CDs isn't complete before you hear this box set, you'll seek out his entire back catalog, which is so strong. The tribute's covers are not repeats of the originals by any means. There are also plenty of songs from Case's earlier work with the power pop Plimsouls. Anyone who enjoys Dylan, Prine, or Springsteen should check this collection out (Hey, Springsteen covered Case's "Beyond the Blues" at a Bottom Line sound check in 1992!). Like Marshall Crenshaw, Peter Case has been one of America's most under-rated songwriters. This collection puts the record straight. Buy this bargain three-disc box set. The proceeds benefit Hungry For Music, a DC-based charity that provides musical instruments to disadvantaged kids. Then go hear Peter Case and shake his hand.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carlson on March 29, 2006
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You cannot go wrong with this 3-disc set for any number of reasons. First, Peter Case's witty, wise, sometimes sad, often joyful songs are paid homage by a host of well-known and little known singers and bands. Second, there is nothing that is really weak, and so many cuts are so strong that's it's impossible for me to list favorites. These CD's have been in heavy rotation on my players since early Feburary. I'm not tired of them yet. I hear new things every time through, whether it's a nuance of lyric or emotion, or the quality of singing and playing. This is absolutely THE BEST TRIBUTE ALBUM I'VE EVER ENCOUNTERED! Third, the proceeds from the set go to Hungry for Music, producer Jeff Campbell's nonprofit that puts instruments in the hands of kids who might otherwise never have a chance to touch one. Bravo, Jeff, and associate producers Craig Frischkorn and Joe Compton. The selection & sequencing are just right (each disc has its own special personality-see if you don't agree). The accompanying booklet provides a wealth of information--I especially like that there are photos of all the artists. The only thing missing--small quibble--is a lack of dates for the songs.

Thank you Peter for your courage, your vision and your humanity. I'm glad you are still playin'.
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