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From Hell to Paradise

The MavericksAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mca Special Products
  • ASIN: B000002OK8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,775 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out-of-print in the US. Alternative country rocker's 1992 album for MCA. Ten tracks including, 'Mr. Jones', 'The End of the Line' & 'Excuse Me (I Think I've Got a Heartache)'.

Few country artists of the 1990s have been able to meld a pronounced pop sensibility with the core elements of classic country as effectively as Miami's Mavericks. Their 1992 major-label debut displays a band mature well beyond its years, one not afraid of either tantalizing melodies or country music history. Here the Mavericks reprise four tunes from their eponymous indie debut and toss in four new Raul Malo originals along with covers of Hank Williams (a lackluster "Hey Good Lookin'") and Buck Owens (a much more engaging "Excuse Me"). Their deft mix of old-school honky-tonk, Orbisonesque sob stories, and punchy modern country-rock serves notice of a band with enormous commercial and artistic potential. --Marc Greilsamer

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Class Act from Malo and the Mavericks March 1, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've called this the best country album for non-country listeners for various reasons. First, Raul Malo - the unlikely Cuban-country-songwriter channels Roy Orbison in a way that often surpasses the great late Roy with a pure voice that must be keeping the angels company in heaven. Second, there are familiar songs here like "Hey, Good Lookin'" which the Mavericks deliver beautifully, with new added resonance and spirit. And finally, the originals - from the title track to the last song "Children" (an eerie paean to lost innocence that easily ranks as one of the best story songs of our time) - are wriiten with a sure, steady hand, and delivered with incomparable feeling. It's no wonder this talented group has won multiple Grammy Awards, and this album, along with "What Crying Shame" and several others, proves their standing at the top of their game. A spirited, wonderous journey that stands heads and tails above myriad other "country" acts. This is a definitive collection from Malo and company.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't Be Shy, Give It A Try! May 29, 2001
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First of all, whoever heard of a country band from Miami? At least that's what I thought when I first read about The Mavericks, but after listening to this, their debut album, I quickly forgot about that transgression. Mixing a pop sensibility with the twang of classic country, The Mavericks unfortunately found themselves categorized as "new country," and as a result, found themselves fighting for attention with dreck like Garth Brooks, The Judds, and Faith Hill. What they ultimately bring to the table, however, is the bravado and attitude of a rock and roll band, as evidenced by "Mr. Jones," the title track, and their cover of "Hey Good Lookin'". And Raul Malo's voice? Don't get me started. A keeper...
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5.0 out of 5 stars First commercial recordings July 12, 2005
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The Mavericks recorded some material that they circulated to record companies when they were looking for a deal (and those recordings were eventually released as an album) but this album marks the official start to their career. On its own merits, this is an impressive debut although their subsequent albums (What a crying shame, Music for all occasions, Trampoline) are even more impressive.

The set opens with a very sad song (Mr Jones) about a man returning to a former home after many years, only to find it in a state of semi-dereliction. An even sadder song (Children) closes the set. In between, there are some other sad songs (This broken heart, The end of the line, Forever blue) as well as a Buck Owens cover (Excuse me I think I've got a heartache) but its not all doom and gloom.

The title track is about a Cuban man who finally makes it to America I got you is about a man who puts up with a lot of things, knowing that his partner makes it all worthwhile. A better way is about a man scorning a former partner who cheated on him, having found a new and better partner. Most upbeat of all is the second and last cover here (Hey good looking, the old Hank Williams classic).

If you enjoy listening to the Mavericks and you've already got some of their other albums, you should give this one a listen.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent country with a unique sound. June 16, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The Mavericks stretches the artistic boundaries of country. The tunes have a daring uniqueness combined with catchy melodies. The song "The Children" is a classic gig that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better late than never. May 25, 2013
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I admit I was behind the curve with the Mavericks. Country is not my favorite genre, but Raul Malo transcends genre. When I heard him channeling Roy Orbison, Buck Owens, Dwight Yokum, even a little Elvis, I was intrigued. After listening to the entire disc a few times I realized, I'm hooked on the Mavericks. This disc is well worth buying.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as later albums December 26, 2000
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The Mavericks debut album shows promise of what was to come. Some good catchy songs, 8 of them written by Raul Malo and 2 classics "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Excuse me (I think I've got a heartache), this is a good album but not a touch on their later efforts. Not quite as polished. But still a good album to have for Mavericks fans. Booklet contains the lyrics and opens out into a mini poster of the group.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Sound May 7, 2014
By Roy
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There is no band quite like or even close to The Mavericks--just flew a thousand miles to see them in concert--can only hope there's another studio session planned in the near future
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