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Crusades Of The Restless Knights

Ray Wylie HubbardAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 20, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B00000JMK5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Nearly titled Ten Zen Sins, Ray Wylie Hubbard's second Rounder release extends and deepens the spiritual tug-of-war of his mature, postoutlaw work. Starting with the thunderous, folk-rock curse of "Crows," the album moves through tent-revival grooves, barrelhouse odes to red dresses, bottleneck meditations on plane wrecks, spare talking blues, elliptical ballads, and bluegrass-laced messages of hope. Rather than offer platitudes or pat answers, Hubbard tests the mysteries he finds with always one more intense temptation, one more unsettling question. Such is Hubbard's dense lyrical vision, and his musical settings are just as telling. For the first time he coproduces with Lloyd Maines, emphasizing the sounds of cutting slide guitar, Dobro, and mandolin and accenting his melodies with female harmony from Patty Griffin, Lisa Mednick, and Terri Hendrix. At a time when many singer-songwriters are courting the adult-contemporary audience with safe, pop-oriented fare, Hubbard's lyrical crusade remains tense, chancy, and remarkably wise. --Roy Kasten

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He Was Alt-Country When Alt-Country Wasn't Cool January 31, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ray has plugged away for decades trying to live down the memory of writing "Up Against the Wall Redneck Mother". Anyone coming into this or any other Ray disc expecting this sort of barroom sing-along is in the wrong place. Ray writes deep, funny, touching songs with excellent musicianship to back it up.
In his live shows, you have the benefit of hearing the stories behind the songs, and you can see the true skill Ray has acquired at playing the guitar. He really seems to believe what he is singing in every instance, as if he has felt every emotion that is put forth.
In said live shows, the biggest reaction goes to "Conversations With the Devil", which threatens to be his new signature song. It is perhaps the most funny, yet also insightful, thing he has written, and I would think he would gladly replace Redneck Mother with this newer work.
The sound is stripped-down - Ray with a few players - but that's all he needs. The power of the songwriting and performance come through in what is perhaps one of the best country albums in a long time. Forget Nashville. Ray is creating art in Texas.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars each disc a new revelation December 25, 1999
By "wrj1"
Format:Audio CD
Tha amazing thing about Ray Wylie is that each disc is so good that you cant believe that the next could possibly be as good. But then the latest release comes along and surpasses the rest. As a songwriter and performer he is simply without parallel. Not only does he write great lyrics, he writes extraordinary music that brings out the most in those lyrics. Then he plumbs the depth of both in that husky evocative voice that plunges right into the listeners heart and soul.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ray Wylie Hubbard deserves an award for the titles of his CDs: "Growl, Loco Gringo's Lament, Delirium Tremolos," and "Crusades of the Restless Knights," maybe the best title of them all. "Crusades" is folk music mixed with country and gospel, heavy on the metaphysics and as always with more than a hint of rowdiness.

"The Messenger" is my favorite song on the CD. Ray's recorded it before, but this time he does it with a quavery voice and strong backing vocals by Patty Griffin. "The River Bed" is another good one. He describes the song as "A quarter moon, a river bed, a beautiful woman...she just happens to be dead." That'll give you the flavor of Hubbard's songs: death and Texas, Rilke and Buddha, love and cocaine, Jesus and a hot woman in a "Red Dress."

A song I don't like on this CD is "Conversation with the Devil" which is too obviously derivative from an early Bob Dylan number, but all the others are good to great. A touching number is "Airplane Fell Down in Dixie" which is a subtle tribute. I won't tell you to who (whom?); you'll have to figure that out yourself. Hubbard, as usual, supplements his weathered voice and acoustic guitar with a collection of instruments and fine players. Dobro, fiddle, and mandolin are prominent. A cardboard box is used on one number -- and Ray learned to play slide guitar for this CD.

"Crusades" is one of half a dozen outstanding CDs Ray Wylie Hubbard has made over the last decade. The title of this review, by the way, comes from Ray's description of one of his songs. He says he hit two out of the six.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! May 12, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Ray Wylie Hubbard is truely amazing. And if your a Texas music fan, you must hear all of Ray's stuff before you die. The man has never put out a bad record, or a bad song for that matter. There is no filler in Ray Wylie Hubbard. He put's his heart and soul into every song he writes. This album continues in the Ray Wylie tradition. You can learn something from every song too. Ray is a class guy, the real deal. And he does the Messenger again. Good, I'm glad, it's one of my favorite songs of all time. And don't miss him live! This man lives for his music and that's no lie.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray's Crusades Finally Pay Off July 22, 2000
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This is great American music!
What if radio stations never played Dylan or Springsteen?
Ray Wylie Hubbard is not a new kid on the block, but with Crusades of the Restless Knights, Ray may finally be on his way to getting the recognition he so much deserves. Hubbard gets almost no air time in most markets -- perhaps his thinking persons' country/folk/rock is not what many station directors are looking for. Nonetheless, his well honed musical abilities and intelligent, thought provoking lyrics are winning over new listners every day. People are telling people, and Ray Wylie Hubbard is on his way!
The album is fresh, original Hubbard, covering the spectrum from folk to country to rock. There's nothing shallow and superficial here. This album is nothing but winners, coupling Hubbard's deeply observant, thoughtful, poetic abilities, and his head-nodding, foot-tapping country/folk/rock.
With Crusades, and listners' word-of-mouth, Hubbard is proving that great music will be recognized, whether radio stations play it or not.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. August 2, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am a 12 year old guitarist who attended a songwriter's workshop with Ray in Boerne, TX. When my dad and I heard "Conversations With The Devil," we knew we had to buy this CD. We already had "Dangerous Spirits" and "Live At Cibolo Creek Country Club," but I must say, this is my favorite release I have heard by Ray. There is an incredible variety in the songs, like the blues-influenced opener "Crows" to ballads like "There Are Some Days" and "The Messenger." In the words of Ray himself..."It was 'wuth it."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Master at his craft
A Master at his craft
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excelent choice
Published 1 month ago by Jazzbo Depew
1.0 out of 5 stars ... sales records should pick fruit instead of guitar sounds like a...
its alful cant belive this guy sales records should pick fruit instead of guitar sounds like a one note talkie
Published 2 months ago by 18wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars great country blues
good lyrics and country blues riffs.Ray Wylie Hubbard is damn good at what he does,writing outlawish country blues songs.The band kicks ass.
Published 14 months ago by Dirk C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its Ray Wylie.......
Of course its good! Listen to the words.....feel the music......experience Ray Wylie! Realy a great song writer and musician. Yes!!!
Published 21 months ago by Sissy76
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome CD from real artist
Blues, Ballods, and reminds me of Dillon's early poetic pros and comentary on life. Saw him at 'Hippie Jacks' and had to add his music for my listening pleasure. Read more
Published on December 23, 2011 by Tom E. Nowell lll
4.0 out of 5 stars New sounds for me to hear
I am always looking for an artist that I have not heard. I almost always buy music thar comes from singer songwriters. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars Crows, Eagles, and Dying Snakes
"Even crows act like eagles when they find a dying snake."

In Western Pennsylvania (where I live), crows are everywhere. Read more
Published on July 24, 2006 by Bobby
4.0 out of 5 stars Was not a fan til this....
I admit, all I'd heard before was "Up against the wall..."

Well, that's not this Ray Wylie Hubbard. Read more
Published on December 15, 2004 by R. Kyle
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