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Drive-In Movie

Fred EaglesmithAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (February 19, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: February 19, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ichiban Old Indie
  • ASIN: B000007MW5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #108,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Like Trains
2. 49 Tons
3. Here's The Keys
4. Crashin' & Burnin'
5. Wilder Than Her
6. White Rose
7. Good Enough
8. Soda Machine
9. Freight Train
10. 49 Tons (reprise)
11. Drive-In Movie

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"Drive-In Movie" is the folk/alternative country album from Canadian-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith. This effort earned Eaglesmith Canada's prestigious Juno Award--the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy Award--in 1996 for "Best Roots & Traditional Solo Album." The songs on this, his seventh, album reveal Eaglesmith at his edgy best, with stories that leave you with a wry smile of recognition, nostalgia or dark humor.

Fred Eaglesmith isn't exactly a country singer. Perhaps what this raspy-voiced Canadian troubadour has perfected is best described as North Country music. Owing something to Steve Earle's feistiness, John Prine's working-class song craft, and, as he develops in the studio, Tom Waits's musical dissonance, Eaglesmith creates music that's ultimately reflective of his background. One of nine kids, he grew up on a farm in southern Ontario, left home at 15 when his parents lost their spread, and has been making music ever since. There's a palpable tension to his best songs. "You like to talk about honesty / Like you just invented the word / Till all your silly lies / Are left spilling from your eyes," he snarls in "Crashin' and Burnin'." "Everywhere you go there's a train wreck, baby," he gripes in "49 Tons," one of three train songs in this 11-track set. Eaglesmith, however, isn't soothed or made wistful by the notion of a freight crossing the plains. Rather, it's the fire and heat of the engine that spark his imagination. --Steven Stolder

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Getting the feeling just righ March 27, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Be dumped by your woman through seven years, get drunk, and stay drunk - for about three weeks, wake up and play 'Drive-in Movie'. It gets the feeling just right. Makes me wanna go way up in the mountains, bring my cd-player and just listen, just feel. Eaglesmith's voice is rough as rocks, and fragile as men's hearts. The 'backing' by W.P.Bennett (Juno this year) and R.Schipper is great as always, and D.Pendrith's bassplay and P. Vonalthen's drumming is solid work. Still, and again, it's the feeling of the record that gets to you. The feeling only an Fred Eaglesmith album can bring to life. His ability to write great songs and produce great albums (co-produced by Scott Merritt) is about to be widely known. His lyrics is down to earth, white-thrash kinda beautiful statements on trains and cars and relationships and, well; life. To bad its only 35 min. It's simply a great album. Go buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of the Americana/folk scene September 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
When I first saw Fred open for Robert Earl Keen in Houston several years ago, I was blown away. Had I not been told he was from Canada, I'd have sworn he was from West Texas. He has the same edgy, heartfelt yet humorous approach to songwriting that such Texas legends as Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Joe Ely, and Steve Earle share. I've bought up every album of his that I could find, and I don't miss a show when he comes this far south on tour (which isn't often enough). This album is definitely his best work, and one of my five favorite CDs in a personal collection of over 300. 10 of the 11 tracks are tremendous (never cared for #3), especially the title track, "Good Enough", "White Rose Filling Station", and "Wilder Than Her". I cannot make a strong enough recommendation for this album, or for seeing him in person. Like many great singer/songwriters, Fred loves to tell often hilarious stories in between his songs at a live show, and they are not to be missed. Give it a spin. He doesn't disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is one of my favorite 10 CDs November 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is a great CD and is the first of his work you should add to your collection.
If you are looking to broaden your horizens a little, and you already own CD's by Steve Earle (and prefer Train A Comin), Robert Earle Keen, James McMurtry, Son Volt (and prefer Trace) etc, you'll be very happy with this purchase. It is my opinion that Fred Eaglesmith's song writing ability and delivery stand up to these more widely known artists.
Listen the "Freight Train" and "White Rose" to get a good feel for the album.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Album For Getting Acquainted With Fred September 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All of the 11 songs on this album rank among Fred's best. I do not exaggerate. My own introduction to Fred Eaglesmith came only 5 weeks ago when at a Kasey Chambers concert Kasey raved on and on about Fred and how she strived to be like him in her approach to songwriting. All of that was as an introduction to her version of Fred's "Water in the Fuel" from Lipstick Lies and Gasoline". Kasey Chambers also covers "Freight Train" found on this album. Both of her covers reveal Fred Eaglesmith's brilliance as a songwriter.

So based on that endorsement I figured it was high time to check out the source of these two great songs. So I picked up "Lipstick Lies and Gasoline" and was blown away by the intensity of the experience. So then I picked up a copy of "Drive In Movie". Wow! To make a long story short, I was impressed enough to seek out the rest of Fred's catalog of 14 or 15 albums and have gone to see him play live - and will go again soon. I can see why there are Fredheads. I might be one now. Nearly every song on "Drive-In Movie" still remain as favorites in Fred's live performances. This is an album of fully realized masterpieces. The music might be described as a blend of all that is good in folk, country and rock. The lyrics are simply amazing and Fred's voice is perfectly suited for delivering the words and the accompanying emotion.

So buy this album and be hooked - guaranteed! Then see his web site for a tour schedule and you're on your way.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of all the Fred CDs November 6, 2006
By R_Thor
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Don't read this review...just order this CD.

Wilder Than Her, White Rose, Good enough, Soda Machine, Drive-in Movie...some of the best music and lyrics I know. A great introduction to Fred Eaglesmith and probably the first CD that should be purchsed if you are not yet familiar with his music. After this you will be a junkie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple the best Fred Eaglesmith album February 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you don't know Fred then this is the album to start. The emotion and images he emotes are priceless. Three songs in particular are suberb. "White Rose" is about an old gas station just outside of town that they are shutting down and the lyrics tell its story "And that neon sign was the heart and soul of this ol' one horse town; And it's like it lost its will to live, the day they shut it down.

The other songs that I find exemplary are "Soda Machine" (now, come on, how many people can write songs about a soda machine and almost bring you to tears!) and of course, the title song "Drive-in Movie" with lyrics like "The phone broke the silence like the screaming of the siren and I just sat beside it took another drag on my cigarette swore I'd never smoke again and I watched the rain."

If you don't own this CD - BUY IT!
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