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Dangerous Spirits

Ray Wylie HubbardAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 5, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000003WP
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,148 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hubbard may have written "Up Against the Wall Red-neck Mother," but the song couldn't be farther from the meaning of his music. He's lived much of his life on the road--touring steadily for some 25 years now--leading from the birth of progressive country in Dallas and Austin, to fitful honky tonk recordings, to his country folk masterpieces Loco Gringo's Lament and the recent, and perhaps best, Dangerous Spirits. Hubbard has a wind scratched voice and a disposition both philosophical and spiritual that celebrates the beauties that, as he sings in "Ballad of the Crimson Kings," "sparkle and fade away." Hubbard's lyrical vision is fierce and unflinching, encompassing the existential shock of Flannery O'Connor and the mystery of fellow Texas troubadour Townes Van Zandt. --Ray Francis Kasten

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Texas treasure. August 19, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is one of those albums that cannot be experienced through the little sound bites listed above. You have to listen to the album, in its entirety, to really enjoy it and Ray for all they are worth.
If you don't know Ray Wylie Hubbard, you have no doubt heard at least one of his songs as recorded by some other artist. Though "Redneck Mother" has become his legacy, it is very far from representative of Hubbard's work. On the other hand, "Dangerous Spirits" is Ray at his best!
The craftsmanship that one can experience on this album is rare in this day and age. Hubbard weaves melody and story with a skill befitting a man who once lived in a place called "Poetry, TX." (He really did!) You will never witness better modern folk songwriting and perfomance than can be heard on "Dangerous Spirits."
The first track of the album grabs you and you are held under his spell all the way through to the last track. "If Heaven is Not a Place to Go," and "Without Love, " the next two tracks are very similar in feel and content.
The first time I ever heard "Last Younger Son," I knew that Ray had written a masterpiece in this album. It has the story telling abilties than one has come to expect, combined with a haunting blend of melody and voice. "Ballad of the Crimson Kings," the story of a Carolina folk band and life on the road, is a true gem, as well. And a hell of a song to cap this excellent album off with.
This is one album that every fan of modern folk music needs to have in their collection. Unlike other albums, you won't tire of this one with repeated listening, but will instead discover something new and exciting every time.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An unwavering look at life and its hard choices June 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Ray Wylie Hubbard never seems to take the easy way out. "Dangerous Spirits" sums up nicely the cast of characters he sings about in this album. Mr. Hubbard's voice may not be the strongest around, but his unwavering look at life and its hard choices, often in the face of temptation, makes for fascinating material. One character, for instance, faces the dilemma of acceding to a preacher's demands "to kneel and pray" versus his attraction to a blonde who "gets to him in a real bad way." Another hears of the latest misadventures of his ex with what seems to be pangs or remorse that ultimately are topped by glee. The curse of those who are "born to write" is explored in another track.

This recording, which is more country than rock but not dyed-in- the-wool country, sparkles with plenty of crisp playing, from multiple guitars, to catchy percussion and keyboards. The arrangements here are more open and flowing than the thick sound on "Growl" and "Delirium Tremolos."

Music about philosophy, reincarnation, spirituality, temptation, salvation, and religion never sounded as brisk and accessible as they do on this fine album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Broken Heroes, Wasted Lovers, and Vilified Gods" May 30, 2005
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"Dangerous Spirits" is perhaps Ray Wylie Hubbard's most spiritual CD. The racuous and rowdy side of Hubbard, as exemplified by "Redneck Mother," isn't much present here. The songs are mostly acoustic, thoughtful and several of them are just plain beautiful.

In addition to acoustic guitar, Ray plays a mean mandolin on a couple of cuts and a harmonica on the deep and dark spiritual "Resurrection;" a variety of girl singers, including Lucinda Williams, and top-notch guitar players like "Buffalo" Ware and Lloyd Maines contribute their talents. The sound is mostly folk rather than country or rock.

Several songs are really outstanding: "Last Train to Amsterdam and "The Last Younger Son" are what Hubbard would call "dark power ballads." "Ballad of the Crimson Kings" and "Crimson Dragon Tattoo" are exquisite up-tempo tunes with a great interplay among voices, mandolin, dobro, acoustic, and electric guitars. I could go on...and on. This CD will grow on you. The songs are quiet and unobtrusive at first listen, but you'll soon appreciate the craftmanship and quality in each of them.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent texas folk July 7, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
i have'nt heard him live but i hope to. i listened to dangerous spirits then a townes van zant album and think there are no better songwriters than these kinds of people. i have always said that on any night you can find a bar somewhere in ark., tex., ok, or la. and find one of the best singer/songwriters you have heard. some are famous some are not, but they still get out there every night and play. sometimes they are too tired of life its own self to play but they get up there. that is what you hear in each note of this music. for someone to play bars frequently alone, sometimes for 10 people, sometimes to a full house in this part of the country is a hard way to make a living. it may take 20 years of this type of touring to learn what you need to know to write this kind of music. but, when someone with the poet in their heart learns this way it makes it a treasure the rest of us can share. the vocal talents are not exactly tony bennett but the meaning of the words can rarely be better expressed by someone else. the songs were meant to be sung by the writer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scarecrows and Black Crows November 29, 2012
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Ray Wylie Hubbard is one of the most underrated songwriters still roamin' Texas. His talents are up there with the golden oldies, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. His lyrics are usually quite amusing and confusing, but easy to sing along with and his melodies keep your foot involuntarily tappin'. We have seen Ray Wylie live a couple of times in 2012 and he covered his songs from more recent albums such as Snake Farm, Grifters' Hymnal, and A.B. On these more recent albums, Ray Wylie has distanced himself from his original country roots and I would say that today he is more of a bluesman than a country singer.

Recorded in 1997, Dangerous Spirits still demonstrates Ray Wylie's country roots. Ray Wylie's voice in Dangerous Spirits has much less gravel and more country twang than his more recent albums. What makes Dangerous Spirits an excellent album is Ray Wylie's innovative songwriting and instrumentation. The album is dominated by strings - mandolins, acoustic six strings, acoustic twelve strings, and electric guitars. The lyrics of the songs are about life, but not some normal and typical life - they are about a Ray Wylie perspective on life. There is nothing normal or typical about Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The best song on the album, in my opinion, is called Last Train to Amsterdam and the lyrics are filled with scarecrows and black crows, preachers and a blonde in a thunderbird, and hobos and hitchhikers. I have no idea what Ray Wylie is getting at with the song, but that just makes the album more interesting.

Liner notes are excellent with full lyrics, who plays what on each song, and credits.

Not a bad tune on this album. Two thumbs up.
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Published 12 days ago by James Cockerham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great music
Published 23 days ago by Denise Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best.
My new favorite artist! I am playing this CD to death. I cannot for the life of me figure out how Ray never became a bigger commercial success.
Published 1 month ago by David Kasperek
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is his best album!
Published 3 months ago by Don Douglass
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Best known for writing 'Up against the wall redneck mothers' made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker, this album shows how talented Ray Wylie Hubbard is. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Scott H
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his best
Some amazing songs included in the CD. I have 6 of Ray Wylie's albums, and this is my favorite. He has a very unusual voice and style. Well worth the money.
Published 18 months ago by FarmerDave
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT Ray Wylie
My favorite RWH! While I am a more recent fan, I saw him perform "Without Love" in concert and searched for the CD. Read more
Published on January 9, 2012 by V. Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars the Wylie Lama
Five stars because they don't let you give more. If you like Texas music or Americana, you'll be hitting the repeat button repeatedly.
Published on December 16, 2011 by Stu Camenzind
5.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy it!
I kind of bought this as a second buy after buying Shawn Collin through a recommended purchase. I am glad I did, because I played it non-stop!!! Read more
Published on September 15, 2008 by Sky
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