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  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Arista
  • ASIN: B00000DFUK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,941 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wouldn't Tell You No Lie
2. Linda Lou
3. How Long Will It Take
4. Shortenin' Bread
5. The World's Biggest Fool
6. Poor Boy Shuffle
7. With A Girl Like You
8. The Elvis Thing/Mystery Train
9. Way Too Late
10. Foot Stomp Stompin'

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Tractors ~ Farmers In A Changing World

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In 1994 a group of grizzled country and R&B veterans, led by Steve Ripley (a J.J. Cale and Leon Russell sideman), released a meticulous, bouncy record of neotraditional country and swampy rock that became the fastest-selling platinum album in history. They called themselves the Tractors, and despite a Christmas disc and a few cuts on tribute albums, the band hasn't been heard from since. Their full-length follow-up to The Tractors may be one of the year's best-sounding rock & roll or country albums: the mix all but hurls itself from the speakers and the playing sounds like craftsmen with their professional guard down. There are playful false starts and endings, greasy guitar licks--even some slide from Bonnie Raitt--ebullient piano, and warm, moaning horns. The band slaps its musical wizardry across boogie-based tunes--dance and old rock & roll are the lyrical themes--and the whole feels like a rockin' roadhouse blues album, a renegade homage to country rockers Jerry Lee Lewis and Delbert McClinton, and a joyful, spontaneous slice of American music. --Roy Kasten

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Tractors new Album is fantastic. These guys are good and you can tell they love what they do. Linda Lou, Shorten Bread, Worlds Biggest Fool, The Elvis Thing, should all be #1 hits. I could listen to them all day long.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jsonnen465@aol.com on January 6, 1999
Format: Audio CD
The Tractors have a great down home sound, kind of reminds me of the rock music of the 50's, with some good old country, the blues, gospel revival and bluegrass mixed in. I'm a farmer so I was attracted to the cd title "Farmers In A Changing World" and I love the album cover with the reading book graphics reminiscent of the 1950's school books. "Shorten' Bread", "Poor Boy Shuffle" and "Food Stomp Stompin" are my favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 28, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Great to hear some old geezers (okay, they're not that old, but by today's music industry standards, they oughta be doin' the reunion thing by now) makin' some fine music. The Tractors know what they like, and they do as well as anyone. Stick to your roots, fellas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 1999
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I think this is their best effort yet. It has some really good songs: NO LIE, SHORTENIN BREAD,WORLD'S BIGGEST FOOL and POOR BOY SHUFFLE are my favorites. I also like the unlisted HALLE BOP BOOGIE. They have improved a lot since their first CD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Foley on October 20, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't normally get caught up in an album or a group ... but this one I "can't put down"... I travel a lot and it's always in my truck CD changer, along with a couple of their other albums! I can't get enough of these guys...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 11, 1998
Format: Audio CD
With trembling amazement, I announce to you the arrival of a great record. Yes, as the jacket tells us, it's the "same great sound," but it's not the same music we heard in 1995 (and ever since with the perpetual airing of the "Baby Likes to Rock It" video). The Tractors have gone far beyond plowing up a little new ground. Rather, they've installed front blades and backhoes and have unearthed gold from the mountain of country music's past and present riches. With "Shortenin' Bread" they tap into the mother lode of what American music truly is--the melting pot promised land rendered in song. By the way, it almost sounds like a transformed Bob W. himself in a dusty ball cap shows up for "Way too Late." But he's just on time. Rock It, Boys. Play it purdy.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rex Leighton on February 19, 2004
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This like their others is magic.Shortenin' Bread, Poor Boy Shuffle - just love them. I wish they would find time to visit downunder - its a great country and I for one would welcome them with open arms. Steve Ripleys voice just blows me away. I have just bought his solo CD and it too is brilliant. How do I get hold of Chicken Covers an album of kids songs?
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim Bagley on January 10, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The Tractors took over four years to put out this follow-up to their very successful debut album (a Christmas album and contributions to side projects like the Rolling Stones tribute set Stone Country came along in the meantime). Wish I could say it was worth the wait.
Farmers In A Changing World does get off to a lively start. Especially noteworthy is "Linda Lou," a toe-tappin_ New Orleans tale that recalls their one prior radio hit "Baby Likes To Rock It," and their take on the standard "Shortenin_ Bread" - a far funkier rendition than the one Ethel Mertz sang years ago on I Love Lucy. If the Tractors had been able to maintain the energy of those tracks, this CD would be more than fine. Half-way through, however, the pace slows down, and the Tractors' sound derails.
When the fun evaporates, the group_s liabilities start to become very apparent. Lead vocalist Steve Ripley_s voice (think of Tom Petty after throat surgery) is unique but possesses a woefully limited range that is incapable of conveying the sensitivity needed on a ballad like "The World_s Biggest Fool." The lyrics to most of the tracks are pretty lame as well, especially on "The Elvis Thing"- another tired tribute to the King which suffers furthur from a beat that plods along in seeming perpetuity.
While the musicianship is first-rate throughout (not a shocker, as all five are former session musicians), ultimately none of the material is remotely memorable. Next time out the Tractors should stick to what they do best: high-octane music with a complete emphasis on fun.
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