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Cost of Living

Delbert McClintonAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)

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"Smoking, jumping big-band blues and gospel-rooted '60s soul honed to a razor sharp edge in the Texas juke joints. Jalapeno-hot!"
-- Los Angeles Times

"Breathtaking, hardcore roadhouse rhythm & blues."
--Rolling Stone

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 23, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B0009XEA3G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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On Cost of Living Delbert wrote or co-wrote all of these songs of what he calls 'days in the life'. Album highlights include 'Right to Be Wrong', 'Kiss Her Once for Me' and 'Midnight Communion'. New West. 2005.

Like a rootsier Jimmy Buffett, Delbert McClinton is an established, hard-touring veteran whose audience doesn't expect from him too much out of the norm. Regardless, the Texan's quintessential mix of country, R&B, Tex-Mex, blues, honky-tonk, New Orleans bump, lounge jazz, and good-time rock and roll is durable enough to sustain a career, especially since nobody does it nearly as well as he does. In the spirit of "don't fix what isn't broken," this album of 13 McClinton originals preserves the established formula. But to his credit, the leathery-voiced singer, now in his mid-60s, never seems to be going through the motions. He delivers this good-natured Americana with gutsy enthusiasm and enough raw energy to power the ocean liner on one of his famous blues cruises. Just as comfortable tearing into the Stonesy rock of "Dead Wrong" as the soft, Spanish guitar-driven folk of "Down into Mexico"--a tale of a robbery/relationship gone bad that flawlessly mixes his tender and tough sides--McClinton revels in his element. Fiddles, sax, and pedal steel augment the arrangements, highlighting the country and blues at the heart of Cost of Living. All that's missing is the sweat, booze, and boisterous crowd that remain an integral aspect of McClinton's legendary shows. --Hal Horowitz

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks Don Imus! August 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Learned of Delbert from the Don Imus show and have been a major fan ever since. This album is another gem with some of the best Texas blues songs I have heard in years. To truly appreciate Delbert, you need to see him live. Extraordinary performer!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfies my Delbert craving, but not his best September 1, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I was really excited to hear this album was finally coming out. After catching a Delbert show with the current band, I thought this would be a smoking album. I am still absolutely floored by Rob McNelley's (guitar) solo album after almost two years, and figured he would have some influence on this album.. He does, but it still left me a little flat after a few plays.

Don't get me wrong, a flat album from Delbert beats a great album from most others. But sometimes you get to thinking that everything Delbert does is magical. If you have either of his last two albums (Nothing Personal or Room to Breathe), you know what I'm talking about. This one doesn't match up to those.

As I said earlier, it's still better than lots of 'great' albums. My personal taste runs more towards blues/soul/rock than country. Delbert seems to be exploring his country side on this disc. In my opinion he is where country music ought to be today, not pretty people who all sound like each other. But then, I'm not much of a fan of country music.

This disc starts off with "One of the fortunate few", which will probably confuse some people as this is the name of a fantastic album from a few years ago. This song introduces Rob McNelley's rich rhythm chops right away, and is a great intorduction to the album. "Right to be Wrong" follows, and I remember thinking this is going to be one of my favorites. It changes feel between straight time and a blues shuffle and really gets ripping towards the end. "The part I like best", "I'll change my style" and "Hammerhead Stew" are immediate classic Delbert tunes.

Then you get to "Your Memory, Me and the Blues". I found myself listening to the intro and thinking this sounds just like "Don't leave home without it" (from Room to Breathe).
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lone star star March 18, 2006
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Texas music is more than music from Texas. It's an alchemy of apparently disparate essences - blues, soul, rock'n'roll - and Delbert McClinton is a master chemist. Like his fellow Lone Star Staters Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown and Doug Sahm, McClinton's defiance of definition may have denied him a wider audience, but those who know him can consider themselves, to quote one of his songs, "one of the fortunate few". McClinton wrote most of the 13 songs here and anything he doesn't write he makes his own (I'll Change My Style, associated with Jimmy Reed, becomes wonderfully greasy swamp R&B). For tragic, noirish adventure with a femme fatale, try Down into Mexico ("Sherrie was a dancer / she was a schemer / we came up with a foolproof plan"). Those who have lost love will share the ache of Kiss Her Once For Me ("and there's a part of her life I won't be there to see / when you're holding her tonight, kiss her once for me"). McClinton just turned 65 and shows no sign of decline. Start here and work back to such gems as Genuine Cowhide (1976) and The Jealous Kind (1980). (This review appeared in The Age newspaper in Melbourne, Australia.)
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I am a Delbert fan November 9, 2005
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This was my first McClinton CD and now I am hooked! I have bought 2 more and they are all great.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Delbert's Best But That Ain't Bad August 30, 2005
Format:Audio CD
There are no great songs here but some pretty good ones; Right To Be Wrong is the best IMHO. The 1st song, One of The Fortunate Few, is the title of a great Delbert McClinton album that contains some of the best he has ever done. Cost of Living is well worth the price but look at and listen to Fortunate Few, Room To Breathe and Nothing Personal to find his best work over the last few years. Still, I'll take a less than wonderful Delbert CD over most other artists' best work.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Always something different. February 22, 2006
By dacow1
Format:Audio CD
Delbert is always Delbert, but he always offers something a little different too, which is what makes it great. This one is a little more country than most recent previous stuff, but very good. I personally think it ranks third among his most recent relases behind Nothing Personal (the best) and One of the Fortunate Few. However, I hate to rate it behind anything because it really stands on its own and is a great work. Down into Mexico, One of the Fortunate Few, Two Step Too, I Had a Real Good Time, Alright By Me, are all really good. I am surprised this one a Blues grammy. Not because it isn't good, but because it has only a few "blues" tracks on it. I'll Change My Style and Alright By Me are 2 really good blues tunes though. A lot of country feel but upbeat country to country-roadhouse, Delbert. Not a huge country fan but these are some of the better works on this. Two Step Too, and I Had A Real Good Time, fall into this category.

Definately worth adding to a collection and ALWAYS nice to hear new Delbert. Can't wait to see it live. Keep on Rockin, Bluesin, Country Roadhouse, Delberting, Delbert!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Daring Divine Delbert February 27, 2006
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A fan of Mr. D's for many years and appreciating his uniqueness and sense of humor always shown in his music. Track #8 Down in Mexico is a song not to be missed with anyone with ears muchless a fan. Saw Delbert perform it live on 2/14/06 in Lex KY the best sound I've ever heard in concert; any genre. This CD offers subtle surprises and big smiles. Pashaswife
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super Album
Excellent Album, Delbert at his best! Buy this Album
Published 3 months ago by Coleman Stephens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lyrics
If you have never listened to Delbert, you will quickly become a fan. He has such clever words and we have almost all his albums. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Lana S
5.0 out of 5 stars Delbert, America's best kept secret.
Thanks Fox News Chanel, and Don Imus. Otherwise, I would never have heard of this great American Country Rock singer..
Published 14 months ago by Michael Lewis-hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement of CD - Cost of Living
My husband loved listening to this CD, but had misplaced it in his workshop. Found it on Amazon and replaced it for him and then he found the old one, so now he has one in his... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Louise Bailey
3.0 out of 5 stars ok but disappointing
As a Delbert McClinton fan, I expected more. The album is uneven as if some songs were added to fill it out. Read more
Published on September 1, 2008 by blue barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn it UP!
Especially for the first track, "One Of The Fortunate Few"! (Did you do like me and buy the CD "One Of The Fortunate Few", thinking the song of the same name would be on it???). Read more
Published on January 3, 2007 by evreet2000
5.0 out of 5 stars His best album in years
I've been a Delbert fan for more than 20 years, and this is his best release in a long time. There is no voice like Delbert's; man, can he sing. Read more
Published on October 11, 2006 by James L. Bumbalo
5.0 out of 5 stars cost of living
I can find nothing bad about this cd. It's like Springsteen lyrics, guitar strains of Marty Robbins and maybe a little touch of John Fogerty. Read more
Published on August 30, 2006 by Richardlmeans
1.0 out of 5 stars What a shame...
This cannot be the real Delbert McClinton, all throw-away songs save one. When Delbert leaves. . .Delbert's gone.
Published on March 13, 2006 by J. Whalton
3.0 out of 5 stars Delbert has done it again
As usual with Delbert, there are no fillers on this album. All are great songs, done up in the style that only Delbert can deliver.
Published on March 9, 2006 by Jerry Alford
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