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Dog Eared Dream

Willy PorterAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • 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: #1,419,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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Willy Porter ~ Dog Eared Dream

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dog Eared Dream reveals a polished facet of Willy Porter 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Willy's 1st major label effort 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A credible snapshot of Porter's work 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!! October 14, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Rhythm n' Groove: The Willy Porter Experience February 10, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Willy Porter is Amazing! September 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Porter is the best-kept secret in music! November 10, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is an incredible CD. Buy it and recommend it to others! The first time I ever saw Willy he was opening for Tori Amos in Kentucky. So of course, my favorite song is "Jesus on the Grille."
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Lone Wolf
4.0 out of 5 stars A strong album from a little known yet talented musician
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... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Alapick
5.0 out of 5 stars Porters Best
A great cd.. angry words, the first cut was featured on the late great Leak Magazine sampler. This is worth seeking out for the first cut alone.
Published on May 15, 2010 by Stanley B. Dow
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD is amazing...
My friend made me listen to this CD and I have absolutely fallen in love with it. It is excellent! If you like acoustic music you will like this. Read more
Published on January 12, 2007 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The true mark of quality
So many albums catch you and then fade into the back of your CD collection. Willy Porter's songs initially generate a less passionate response, but, they grow and grow on you to... Read more
Published on September 19, 2004 by G. Rayburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Watercolor
I fell in love with a woman listening to watercolor. She sang it as it played. Everytime I listen to the lyrics: "together we'll wake up to the watercolor sunrise" it... Read more
Published on November 8, 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
While his style is not as eclectic as some of the above fans expect, his musician ship is hard to match. Read more
Published on August 6, 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I got this album having never heard Willy Porter before, but having heard him compared to G Love and Jack Johnson. While I like the latter two, I was dissapointed in Willy Porter. Read more
Published on October 27, 2001
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay album
About half the tracks are really good (espectially Rita, Angry Words, and Jesus on the Grille), and the rest are nothing much ... Read more
Published on January 23, 2001 by Jonathan Dirrenberger
1.0 out of 5 stars Blah
I had a Live From the World Cafe disc that contains a great stripped-down version of "Angry Words" which I really liked. Read more
Published on November 5, 1999 by B. Eisen
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