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Eats Away the Night

Butch HancockAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 21, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugarhill
  • ASIN: B000000EXD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. To Each His Own
2. Moanin' Of The Midnight Train
3. Eileen
4. One Kiss
5. Pumpkineater
6. If You Were A Bluebird
7. Junkyard In The Sun
8. Boxcars
9. Baby Be Mine
10. Welcome To The Real World Kid
11. Eats Away The Night

Editorial Reviews

If he's among the most underappreciated singer/songwriter in America, it's Butch Hancock's own fault. Never taking his own recordings very seriously; for years he's simply taped live performances or similarly lo-fi, impromptu events in a studio and then released them on his own poorly distributed label. This is the first Hancock album to be thoughtfully conceived, carefully recorded with a rehearsed band and efficiently distributed, and the results throw the best possible light on Hancock's raucous sense of humor and his passionate embrace of the world's most far-fetched possibilities.

--Eats Away the Night was produced by Gurf Morlix, who brought a similarly understated folk-rock to Lucinda Williams' albums, with musicians drawn from Williams' current band and Joe Ely's old group. The producer and players add rhythmic muscle and harmonic flesh to Hancock's songs without ever getting in the way of the words, which are the main attraction. Sometimes Hancock is slyly witty, as when he complains of a woman whose "paid vacations always fell on April Fools"; at other times, he finds the words for shapeless fears, as when he warns that "time never does make things right or wrong; it just eats away the night." Four of his older songs ("If You Were a Bluebird," "Boxcars," "One Kiss" and "Baby Be Mine") finally receive worthy arrangements, and the seven new songs include such winners as the title tune, the Dylanesque blues "Junkyard in the Sun" and the live-and-let-live anthem, "To Each His Own." --Geoffrey Himes

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb collection of Butch's songs April 30, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Butch Hancock has his own unique vision, even as he occasionally turns a strongly Dylanesque vocal phrase, as in "Moanin of the Midnight Train". I met Butch once, and took a look at his amazing organic architectural sketches -- clearly the product of a fevered imagination. The closest thing to that unfettered creativity here is "Pumpkineater," a song of recrimination and vaguely supernatural menace.

There are Butch's own versions of his "If You Were a Bluebird" and "Boxcars," covered so well by Joe Ely.

Other highlights are the great, simple lyric to "Junkyard in the Sun" and the closer, "Eats Away the Night" (time, that is), which nearly pushes this album to five stars all by itself.

Butch has been contributing great songs to the Flatlanders albums since they reunited in 2002, but hearing an entire album of pure Butch Hancock is fantastic!

(verified purchase from Zia Records in Tucson)
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Butch Hancock is the Bob Dylan of Texas December 7, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Butch Hancock is the Bob Dylan of Texas. There is nothing better than Butch live. And recordings of Butch live never quite match the live experience. But this (non-live) album tops all recorded events to date. Unquestionably the best version of "If You Were a Bluebird" I've heard.
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5.0 out of 5 stars music from Austin Texas March 20, 2014
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This recording more than any other by Butch Hancock really catches the feel of Austin Texas. The songs are just great and Butch has a way with words you soon wont forget. This one is about as good as it gets for this style of playing and in my opinion is a top notch blast of Austin music. Enjoy it at your own risk.
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