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Editorial Reviews

Willy Porter ~ Dog Eared Dream

1. Angry Words
2. Rita
3. Jesus on the Grille
4. Boab Tree
5. Watercolor
6. Cool Water
7. Be Here Now
8. Flying
9. Glow

Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 7, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: M S Distributing Co.
  • ASIN: B00000DT9Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,657,147 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lucky Eddie on December 15, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Dog Eared Dream, Willy's second album, puts forth a facet of his music that is a highly polished gem. Despite the production, the groovy life-blood of Willy's style can be heard moving through the veins of this album. Of special note are such songs as the popluar Angry Words, the beautifull Watercolor, and the funky Be here now. This album reflects the more band-oriented side of Willy's music, while retaining his thoughtfull lyrics, and most of his funk. If you have heard him perform live and loved it, this album may not be what you're looking for. On the other hand, if you are a fan looking to explore Willy Porter more fully, this is the evolutionary step that got him out on the major touring circut and made him a standard name among true music afficianados and midwest radio. A solid and excellent bit of work. [...]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on September 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
"Dog Eared Dream" is Willy Porter's 2nd album, the follow-up to his first record, "The Trees Have Soul." I believe it was his first album released by a major record label, however. It is a mixed bag of brilliant songs and forgettable duds.

This CD has quite a different feel from his first album. The all-out guitar virtuosity has been toned down significantly, only present in parts of a few songs. It is more produced and of a much higher recording quality, and it seems that Willy is turning more into a pop singer/songwriter than a fingerstylist with vocals, a shift that is sure to please some while irking others.

The first song on the CD, "Angry Words," is easily the best, and is perhaps the defining song of Willy's career. If that song had been what I like to call "Vertical Horizoned" (if you listen to the evolution of Vertical Horizon from their acoustic-based "Running On Ice" to their later albums, you'll understand what I mean), it would have easily been on the radio. Still, in its current state, it's a great song for the background of a party or while driving. It's also pretty cool that he uses two capos to play that song, but I digress. The next two songs, "Rita" and "Jesus on the Grille" show off Willy's country side. The former is a stronger song, driven by a sing-along-able chorus. The latter might be more fun live; it doesn't seem to be a very good studio track. "Boab Tree" is pleasant enough if played in the background, but another standout track, "Watercolor," follows it and is one of Willy's best (certainly his best love song). "Cool Water," which appeared on his first album, comes next.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shaken_not_stirred@msn.com on August 2, 1998
Format: Audio CD
For me, listening to "Dog Eared Dream" is a little like seeing the movie version of a favorite novel. You know you are not going to be entirely satisfied because your experience with the material is so much broader than the more popular vehicle could possibly present.
I had the great pleasure of performing with Willy in the early '90's, so I have an intimate knowledge of his superior virtuosity, pristine voice and artistic integrity. "Dog Eared Dream" delivers beautifully on material I was familliar with ("Watercolor", "Cool Water"), provides fresh new gems ("Angry Words", "Boab Tree") and tosses in something for no discernable reason("Be Here Now"), rather like a good screenplay adaptation of a classic book.
On balance without prejudice, this is a strong offering that should expose many more people to the talent that is Willy Porter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
We first stumbled onto this guy at a sold-out Rickie Lee Jones concert in London: he was the front band, but the crowd wouldn't let him stop playing!! Now we're living in Willy's hometown, and just can't get enough of him. The CD doesn't do justice to his fine guitar playing, but you get enough of an idea to want to go see him in concert...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Willy Porter and his musical experience has redifined Rock n' Roll. Willy's Rhythm n' Groove style has set a new standard in the music industry. "Dog Eared Dream" is just the beginning of Porter's journey to success. As a "PorterHead", I have attended numerous concerts in Madison, Milwaukee, and even Los Angelas. I have always been satisfied with my concert experience and look forward to attending many more.
"Dog Eared Dream" is by far my favorite CD in my collection. When I listen to this CD, the ryhtme of 'angry words', 'rita', 'flying', and the groove of 'Jesus on the grille', boab tree', and 'out of the blue' overpower me with a feeling of tranquility and purpose. Willy Porter's "Dog Eared Dream" is now and will forever be my legal escape from reality. Good luck Willy and I look forward to your next album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DC Amazoner on September 23, 2008
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You should get this album just for "Watercolor." And right now with some of the used prices at under a dollar there is no reason you shouldn't give this a try. I'll agree that I like some of his other CDs better. But start here, buy the rest, and see him live if you can. You won't regret it.
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Willy Porter is a talented songwriter and guitarist that not enough people know about. He's as adept at creating a beautiful song that will move you as he is writing a clever and humorous tune that will make you snicker. And....he's very talented on the acoustic six-string. Dog Eared Dream is a very good album with a lot of great songs and performances. Since this was on a major label, the production is such that it sounds like it was designed to reach the burgeoning adult alternative market of the time. Not that this is a detriment but it's noticeable when you hear his later and rawer releases which are just as good if not better. The accompaniment is very strong throughout, a fretless bass here, some strings or Hammond B-3 there but it all works. As for the songs, "Angry Words" is one of his best and would bring Willy closest to the mainstream. Just as impressive are the joyous and melodic "Glow", the breezy "Cool Water", the hearfelt "Cold Wind", and the dreamy ballad "Boab Tree". His best song here and one of his fan favorites is "Jesus on the Grille", as witty a commentary on worship that you'll ever hear. The only track that I can't get into is "Be Here Now" and I feel if it was recorded more as a song rather than spoken word over music, it would have worked better. All told, Dog Eared Dream is a good introduction to this talented yet little known musician. Oh, and his live show is fantastic and definitely worth experiencing.
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