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Dublin Blues

Guy ClarkAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 28, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: April 4, 1995
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra 0591
  • ASIN: B000002HGU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Dublin Blues by Guy Clark

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Guy Clark is a slow worker. Dublin Blues is only his seventh album since his debut, "Old No. 1," appeared in '75. The silver-haired Texan has praised the patient, meticulous process of hands-on craftmanship in songs like "The Carpenter," "Boats to Build," and "Jack of All Trades," and obviously applies the same approach to his own songwriting. The time is well spent, for this batch of songs resembles fine furniture; the words and music fit together so precisely that there's nary a seam nor a wobble. Clark's limitations are the same as ever. The cramped dimensions of his vocal tone and range make Johnny Cash sound like Luciano Pavarotti, and his easy-going, clip-clop midtempo rhythms are too unvarying for their own good. Admiring friends such as Nanci Griffith, Emmylou Harris, Kathy Mattea, and Sam Bush make the harmonies surrounding Clark especially rich on "Dublin Blues," and Ramblin' Jack Elliott (the subject of an earlier Clark song) sings a duet vocal on "Hangin' Your Life on the Wall," a defiant anthem on old folks who refuse to slow down. The heart of any Guy Clark album, though, is the writing, and the writing on Dublin Blues is the work of a dogged perfectionist. --Geoffrey Himes

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars texastentialism at its best May 10, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Guy Clark's *Dublin Blues* has the feel of a diamond cutter at work. Every word, every phrase is like a diamond cutter's blow, exact, giving more by cutting excess away. "Dublin Blues", the title cut, portrays a haunted, worldly guy -- he's been to Spain, seen the David, heard Doc Watson -- but his heart is broken, he longs for forgiveness, and none of the beauty he's found in the world can relieve his sufferering. It's the first of a series of searching, bluesy country songs exploring loss, hope, faith, dreams, and grief. If you like minimalist art, if you enjoy laconic, soulful songs and pared down musical arrangements, Guy Clark's *Dublin Blues* achieves near perfection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars masterpiece June 2, 2006
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Here I am in Dublin...from there I'm hooked. Some of Guy's best writing. The title tune with the odd acoustic riff and the spooky sense of sorrow and joy at the same time. "Stuff That Works", the collaboration with Rodney Crowell that includes a really sweet turn toward Guy's wife Suzannah, "Black Diamond Strings", the obligitory this could be a drunken sing along song if you want it to be, not to mention a tip of the cap to Rodney and those strings every guitar player started out with.

The highlight though is a beautiful version of what is arguably the best song Guy has ever written, "The Randall Knife." It's one of those songs that when its over you say if I could write anything as good as any line in that song I could die a happy man. The tune about a relationship with a father is one most of us can relate to.

This is one another of those take it to a desert island records. Buy it today
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I cannot listen to Guy Clark without hearing something new at every playing. This guy always seems to be talking directly to me. As far as the Amazon reviewer mentioning a limited range and tone and clip-clop tempos... he has totally missed the whole point of Guy Clark. I can't imagine anyone else doing his songs as well as he does or anyone "improving" his songs by changing anything about them. They are LIFE. They are TRUTH. They are PROFOUND. The feelings of every son to every father are in "The Randall Knife". I hope I'm living my life with "The Cape" tied around my neck; if you're not, why are you here? Haven't you met people you wished would "Shut Up and Talk To Me"? I could go on, but I hope my point is clear: This guy Clark "KNOWS" and can craft and create in words and music the things we should all be aware of in our own lives. He's not just writing about life in the abstract, at a distance. He's been there and has much to tell us, if we will take the time to listen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Guy's Best September 3, 2004
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Guy Clark is a slow and careful songsmith. He doesn't release many CDs, so each one is meticulously crafted. This is one of his best.

Listen to the words and absorb the rhythms of the title track, IMO simply one of the finest songs written by any modern singer-songwriter. Who else could write a love song that admits to being too proud to come in out of the rain; unapologetically equates the works of Michelangelo, da Vinci, and Doc Watson; and book-ends it all with the unforgettable, acidic verse, "I wish I was in Austin, in the Chili Parlor Bar, drinking Mad Dog margaritas, and not caring where you are" -- all in 4:20 ?

From the sage wisdom of "Stuff that Works" (w/R. Crowell, a long-time friend of his), to the uplifting message and wry humor of "The Cape", to the painful mourning of his father's death in "Randall Knife", this disk includes some of his finest songwriting. If you are new to Guy Clark's music, this is a fine way to start appreciating his poetry set to music.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless work by a Master of His Craft July 10, 1999
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All I will say is this: any man who has lost his father and can listen to "Randall Knife" without tears isn't ready to deal with his loss yet. Exquisite, sensitive, tough, and true. My favorite album. Ever. By anybody. I'd buy Guy Clark a beer with pride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My first Guy Clark exposure and I am hooked. October 4, 1999
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Life turns in strange and mysterious ways. A few weeks ago a friend invited me to his wedding reception. He and his bride were especially excited to share their joy with friends and family.They brought together over 200 people to share the moment. Guy Clark performed. I was hooked. I immediately bought Dublin Blues. Mr. Clark has the unique ability to connect with meaningful lyrics that tie the human experience to poetic song and verse. His "The Cape" masterfully and whimiscally portrays one of lifes known facts.Trust in yourself and your hopes. His "Randall Knife" touches anyone's soul who has sought to understand the connections between parent and child in a very touching way using the symbolism of a treasured object the "Randall Knife". I was priviledged to meet Guy Clark who was gracious enough to perform at a private party. I am now hooked on this masterful songwriter and gracious gentleman.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best contry music I've heard in the last four years September 15, 1999
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I have only recently encountered Guy Clark; but it has certainly saved this indian summer we are enjoying right now in Denmark (september 1999)for me. A good friend in Oklahoma introduced Guy Clark to me and my wife. We immediatedly bought "Dublin Blues" and "Keepers" (and later I ordered Boats to Build and the double CD with "Guy Clark", "The South Coast of Texas" and "Better Days" and we are very impressed with the high quality of the texts and the music (the more middle-of-the-road country sound on the earlier records doesn't fit the words - which are also extremely good - just a well as the newer, unplugged arrangements on the newer ones, though). I could quote fine lines from song after song...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Had to get this for The Randall Knife. Made ...
Had to get this for The Randall Knife. Made me think of my own father. Mr. Clark uses words with economy to give a wealth of emotion to his songs.
Published 16 days ago by Song Collector
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not as good as I expected . . . .
Published 28 days ago by R. A. Wigman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love his music so I love the CD
Published 2 months ago by Mary Jo Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Guy's best.
Published 3 months ago by K. JEMTRUD
5.0 out of 5 stars Dublin blues
Great title track and solid music throughout...ranks up with the best of Guy Clark's work and the best of the alt country a great price and worth every cent
Published 12 months ago by Caldutti66
5.0 out of 5 stars Guy Clark is so good
i just liked the CD so much,an all the other ones i received,thanks for this great music,i play them every day..
Published 12 months ago by jean campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Guy Clark -great as always
I already had one or two of these songs, but not the others. I love his singing, playing, and the songs he writes/chooses.
Published 13 months ago by Alice
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant song writer
A great song writer who, once again, illustrates that you do not need a great voice when you can write material like this
Published 19 months ago by Chris Lobbezoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Master Song Craftsman
Guy Clark is one of America's greatest songwriters ever. You have heard his songs, you just may not know it.
Published 19 months ago by Robert Woodburn
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have CD
I recently "discovered" this great talent. I bought the CD and it is a rare CD that is good from beginning to the end. Read more
Published on January 9, 2011 by S. C. Travis
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