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A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) (Dig)

Ray Wylie Hubbard Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (January 12, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bordello Records
  • ASIN: B002WSR8UI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,037 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Down Home Country Blues
4. Wasp's Nest
5. Pots and Pans
6. Tornado Ripe
7. Whoop and Hollar
8. Black Wings
9. Loose
10. Every Day is the Day of the Dead
11. Opium
12. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Editorial Reviews

2009 release from the Texas-based singer/songwriter. With a keen eye for observation and a wise man's knowledge, Ray Wylie Hubbard composes and performs a dozen songs that couldn't spring from anywhere else but out of his fertile Rock 'n' Roll bluesy poet-in-the-blistering-heat southern noggin. The writing and recording of A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment came on the heels of Hubbard's screenplay endeavor, which was funded and filmed with a cast of icons including Kris Kristopherson, Dwight Yoakam, and Lizzy Caplan. A weekly radio show, constant touring, and producing kept him busy, but didn't manage to steal the Texan singer/songwriter's focus. The outcome of the album is a juxtaposition of songs like 'Four Horseman Of The Apocalypse,p a fundamental Gospel piece, and 'Drunken Poet's Dream,' a co-write with Hayes Carll.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I'm not familiar with the early music of Ray Wylie Hubbard - the only albums I have are 'Growl' and 'Snake Farm'. Although 'A/B no C' has a slightly different sound, it still has the same basic ingredients as those other two albums : a unique brand of (predominantly) spooky, groove-infested swamp-rock-Americana; parched, world-weary vocals delivered with a sardonic edge; playing which is stripped down yet incisive; and songs often inhabited by characters from the dark dungeon that is Ray Wylie's mind.

Music-wise, Ray Wylie Hubbard has always struck me as being a law unto himself, and with 'A/B no C', he seems to be developing an even more idiosyncratic style. Upon first hearing his music, it was the groove-ridden sound that sent me scurrying for my credit card. However, once I'd had an opportunity to listen more attentively, it soon became apparent that he was an adept lyricist with a keen awareness of the perverseness of the human condition - here, with the emphasis upon sin, salvation and sensuality. All songs are written by Ray Wylie, except 'Drunken Poet's Dream' - co-written with Hayes Carll, and 'Every Day is the Day of the Dead - co-written with band member Billy Cassis.

Ray Wylie plays acoustic, resonator and electric guitars (with and without slide) and harmonica; he is ably supported by a whole host of players and vocalists (no less than 15 - I think) - other featured instruments include : mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, electric bass and keyboards. Without a doubt, all are fine musicians, but I feel the astonishing playing of Rick Richards on drums and percussion (including some less conventional 'instruments') merits a special mention; guest players include: Bukka Allen (keyboards), Ray Bonneville (harmonica) and David Abeyter (electric guitar).
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW, they just don't make CDs this good anymore February 3, 2010
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The previous reviews give you enough to chew on. All I can say is that this is indeed a masterpiece... a game-changer. A CD so raw, grungy and authentic, produced masterfully. The instrumentation, backup vocals and recording techniques so rare in an over-produced world of studio records. That's probably the reason I listen to and buy mostly live recordings. I want it raw. But when it's done right, like this, it's a game-changer... the model by which all CDs should be recorded and produced. Truly one of the biggest surprises I have come across in a long time.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ray Wylie Hubbard's latest is a Masterpiece January 12, 2010
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I've said it once and I'll keep saying it until I see something change, "Texas music has become so extremely diluted; sometimes it's difficult to distinguish it from the crap emitted from the sewers running beneath the city of Nashville."

There are a few exceptions. Guy Clark continues to write and record in his own unique and earthy style. Hayes Carll is releasing some amazing music, as is Jon Dee Graham. There are others but this is not the topic at hand here. Thank the God of your choice, whoever that is, for the above artists and others like them who have yet to sell their souls.

In addition, thank him, her, or it for this latest record from Ray Wylie Hubbard! This enormously talented singer and songwriter has once again blessed us with his latest release from Bordello Records, "A. Enlightenment B. Endarkenment (Hint: there is no C)".

This latest endeavor, scheduled for release today, is a tremendously good album and I would have to say, it's his best album to date. In fact, the more I listen to it the more I want to use the word "Masterpiece". He just keeps writing better, playing better, singing better, working with great producers and engineers. Everyone just seems to be clicking along on all pistons, coming together to out do themselves time and time again. You would think, at some point, he would reach his apex, but he keeps out doing himself release after release. Is there no end to this? I certainly hope not. As far as I'm concerned, this could go on forever.

Mr. Hubbard has invited many of the usual suspects to join him in this latest effort. Seth James, Gurf Morlix, Ray's son Lucas Hubbard (on board for a couple track), and Rick Richards are as reliable as ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jolts seekers to ponder the path June 9, 2010
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"A: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C)" is a very fine recording that showcases all of those elements that make Ray Wylie Hubbard stand out among the crowd. He infuses gritty, funky guitar and harmonica, primal rhythms, and lyrics that can be reflect a grimy world-weariness in one verse and the joy of seeking higher consciousness through transcendence and living in another.

After several listens, however, two thoughts emerged: first, Mr. Hubbard is expanding and exploring themes and motifs he has used previously. He is not exactly recycling ideas as much as refining them. As a consequence, the material here is not quite as edgy or surprising.

Second, this recording sounds a bit thinner and bit smoother than his monstrous album "Snake Farm." (I would wager that the diminished involvement of Gurf Morlix on this recording accounts for the brighter sound.)

Still, there is nothing quite like a blast of RWH to jolt those who are seekers to ponder the path and all that life's journey entails.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Just buy it.
Published 2 days ago by jim collard
1.0 out of 5 stars I purchased it because I was told I would enjoy it. They are wrong and...
I purchased it because I was told I would enjoy it. They are wrong and my wife don't like this music either.
Published 1 month ago by 18wheeler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
All RWH music is GOOD!
Published 2 months ago by Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite
This is one of my favorite albums. The songs are haunting and wild. In Drunken Poets Dream - he rhymes gasoline with mescaline, and in Down Home Country Blues he tells us how he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard C. Foreman
5.0 out of 5 stars What Country Music SHOULD be!
Ray Wylie Hubbard is, in my opinion, one of the best examples of what is my current favorite genre of music. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Robert Sheidler
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge Fan!
Since moving to Texas, thanks to my son, I discovered Ray Wylie Hubbard and he is now, hands-down, one of my favorite singer-song writers. Read more
Published 15 months ago by V. Karl
4.0 out of 5 stars Ray Wiley rocks the Country blues
The sound of Ray Wiley Hubbard is something special and this is another noteworthy addition to his catalog. Read more
Published on August 18, 2012 by Jim Bartholomew
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasp's nest on the back porch ......
The melodies in this CD sound an awful lot like other RWH albums of the same vintage. RWH doesn't drive too far outside of the lines as far as melodies, IMO. Read more
Published on April 16, 2012 by JBB1
4.0 out of 5 stars An awesome, dark country blues album.
I have been a fan of country, delta, and hill country blues for many years now (as well as a performer of such). Read more
Published on January 20, 2011 by William F. Leffert
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good CD
About half the songs are crap, but the good ones are REALLY good. Gravel but melodic voice, and a master of the guitar. Read more
Published on November 2, 2010 by M. Erickson
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