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Dream Cafe

Greg BrownAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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listen  7. You Drive Me Crazy 4:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (March 23, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B000001B9I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,590 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most-played albums February 21, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Here's a miracle: the best damn song cycle about love since Blood On The Tracks, without a trace of sentimentality; soul-baring without being confessional or embarassing. But then, Greg Brown fans must be getting used to miracles. Greg's songs about old love, the ups and downs of marriages, and the vagaries of romance are shot full of self-deprecating humour, insights and beautiful images (I can't get that old couple 'burning their love letters so their children won't be shocked' in Spring Wind out of my head). This is the least precious, most life-affirming 'folk' record you'll ever hear.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gotta love Greg June 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dream Cafe has to be one of Greg's best works. With tunes like Spring Wind, Dream Cafe, and I Don't Know That Guy how could it not? I have to say this, you haven't really heard Greg until you hear him live. Especially live with Bo. The two mesh so well it is almost scary. The tunes are different every time you hear them with a little improv by both artists mixed in throughout. I highly recommend this album.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg lets his finest come to your ears.... January 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If you are familiar with Greg Brown, you probably are familiar with this release. If you don't have it, get it and treat yourself to an experience that take you on a journey of loves lost and loves to come. For those who are curious about Greg's work, this is an excellent place to start. There is not a bad cut here, and in particular, "Dream Cafe", "Spring Wind" and "Laughing River" are a trio of songs that somehow work some sort of magic into allowing me to see into life a bit deeper for a period of time. Two other releases that go along well with this are "Further In" and "The Poet Game."
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Greg Brown's Best February 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Many of us think this is Greg Brown's best album. Reasonable minds can differ, of course, but they have to get around the extraordinary imagery of the title cut, the plaintive story sketched in "Laughing River" and the deceptively simple melody line of "Spring Wind."

Yesterday I had a vision, under the tree where we first talked

Of an old couple burning their love letters

So their children won't be shocked.

Songs of love and disappointment, hope and loss, as well as the messy business of life. Never self-pitying, brutally honest, with melodies that can sear the lyrics into your mind.

I came down with a sickness; I thought you were the cure

But passion seems to promise more

Than friendship can endure.

Greg Brown doesn't have any bad albums. But some are a little better than the rest. And this is simply the cream of the crop. My very highest recommendation.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Greg Brown June 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Very simply, this is Brown's greatest cd. And one of Folk's milestones in the 90's. So, if you have any interrest in this guy start here.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Of baseball and a laughing river February 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Greg Brown is unafraid to tackle the important issues of our day - baseball, fishing, a laughing river and the wind, along with the timeless theme of L-O-V-E. It all goes down might fine thanks to Brown's froggy vocals, spare but never dull guitar work, and the well-observed details of his lyrics. And while so many singer/songerwriters concentrate so much on the lyrics that they forget that you might want to tap your toes, not so Brown, who adds colour to his songs with a number of sidemen, various percussive instruments, and a variety of rhythms. "I Don't Know That Guy" and "Dream Cafe", with a lilting spanish/latin feel, are standouts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great voice, great music,, great imagery... August 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Ah, I love this guy! Brown's voice can go from back-of-the-bar room gravely to plaintative soprano... The music goes from folky to country to bluesy and is always great. The imagery in his songs are fantastic too -- some creepy rural themes, like the soundtrack to an Andrew Wyeth painting (ie. "Sleeper".) The song "Dream Cafe" makes me feel like I'm in an open air restaurant in Arizona... Which is odd because I've never been to Arizona... Case in point, this guy can do imagery...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Greg Brown masterpiece May 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Greg Brown is a national treasure,and this album is the perfect example why.Dream Cafe and Spring Wind are simply two of the best songs I have ever heard.Greg is as usual accompianied by great backup,including Bo Ramsey.Buy this record!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Greg's Best
I'm a big Greg Brown fan and it started with this record. I was going through a divorce and my ex gave it to me to listen to when I took a train up the California coast. Read more
Published 8 months ago by VG
5.0 out of 5 stars Transportational
This album always takes me back to my life in living on a Minnesota lake in a drafty cabin, wood furnace, stone fireplace, a warm meal bubbling away, candles lit, friends on their... Read more
Published 24 months ago by Fargonian Christopher
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest and Raw
I first heard Greg Brown when I was on vacation in the US at Martha's Vineyard. My wife and I were driving home from a restaurant and it began snowing. Read more
Published on June 27, 2012 by Bach
5.0 out of 5 stars Dream Cafe
I'm a Greg Brown fan, but his albums (is that dating myself?) are pretty much hit or miss. An easy way to distinguish is whether or not Bo Ramsey is involved. Read more
Published on June 27, 2011 by Robert Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Great wrting and performance
I think this is a great album and especially like the title song "Dream Cafe". Only wish I had discovered this album sooner so I could have enjoyed more of Greg Brown.
Published on October 28, 2010 by RonColo
1.0 out of 5 stars Self Important Drivel
This CD drips with its own sense of self importance, and has nothing new to say. Highly recommended by the introspective bedsit set, not for the rest of us.
Published on February 12, 2009 by Ian R. Bruce
5.0 out of 5 stars LESS IS MORE
Despite a limited number of instruments and arrangements, this CD is a beauty of musical artistry, due to Greg Brown's talent of songwriter/singer. Read more
Published on January 13, 2008 by Thierry Guggenheim
4.0 out of 5 stars Dream Cafe
Insightful and inspirational. Quit reading this and buy it!
Published on June 4, 2003
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