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  • Audio CD (February 17, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Vanguard Records
  • ASIN: B000000EO5
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #127,347 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Spell Of Wheels
2. On The Way Downtown
3. Let Me Fall
4. Green Blanket (Part 1)
5. Honey Child
6. See Through Eyes
7. Until The Next Time
8. Crooked Mile
9. Beautiful Grind
10. Drunkard's Harmony
11. Still Playin'

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Includes Spell of Wheels; On the Way Downtown; Honey Child; See Through Eyes; Crooked Mile; Beautiful Grind; Drunkard's Harmony , and four more.

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Case, a onetime new-waver (remember the Plimsouls' 1983 hit "A Million Miles Away"?) has slowly grown into a folksinger. More obsessed with the past than his previous solo albums--"I'm numb and I'm cold and I'm so goddamn old," he sings on "Green Blanket (Part 1)"--Full Service has a wistful feeling that goes well with the singer's reflective voice. It's filled with well-crafted turns of phrase such as "the bridge where the winter turns spring" and "the monkeys wearing crowns," and Case plays consistently sharp electric guitar and harmonica solos. The harp riff on "Let Me Fall" may not have returned him to radio playlists, but it's a nice upbeat break from the album's melancholy mood. --Steve Knopper

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Trust me, you will be amazed!
Autonomeus
I bought this album shortly after it was released in 1998, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.
Christopher Johnson
The harp and acoustic guitar are wonderful throughout.
J. Mitchell

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on April 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
FULL SERVICE, NO WAITING is, in my opinion, Peter Case's best album and an all-time classic. The 11 songs create a beautiful and powerful mood, with what seems to be lots of autobiographical material along with character sketches. Case's singing is full of emotion, and the melodies soar. The relatively spare instrumentation nonetheless creates a lush sound, with Greg Leisz on lap steel, pedal steel, and dobro. Here are the songs:

Spell of Wheels
On the Way Downtown
Let Me Fall
Green Blanket (Part 1)
Honey Child
See Through Eyes
Until the Next Time
Crooked Mile
Beautiful Mile
Drunkard's Harmony
Still Playin'

"Spell of Wheels" sets the mood, a story of a dangerous encounter on a road trip. The following songs all have strong choruses with hooks: "Let Me Fall," "Honey Child," "Crooked Mile," "Beautiful Grind," ""Drunkard's Harmony," and "Still Playin'." "See Through Eyes" is one of the autobiographical songs, with great lyrics, about days of youth and inspiration. "Crooked Mile" must totally rock the house live -- "Now the mile still runs crooked, the highways up above, & the only thing I've found that counts in this world is love. Who's gonna go your crooked mile?" "Beautiful Grind" is a lovely song about marriage and family. "Drunkard's Harmony" and "Still Playin'" are sublime, and conclude the album in a blaze of brilliance.

Peter hasn't equaled this album since, and I don't know how many people ever heard it. There's a compilation from his Vanguard albums now available, with some of these songs represented (it's named after "Crooked Mile"), but you need to hear the whole thing! Trust me, you will be amazed!

(verified purchase from Salt City CDs in SLC)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Vogt on January 11, 2005
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I bought this album when it came out in 98 after reading a review in Creative Loafing. I listened for a while to a couple catchy songs and then briefly shelved it. But over the years it has become a lasting favorite. Probably one of my top 10 favorite albums from anyone, anytime. A rare album where every single song is good and many are just flat out great. Favorites in the order that I caught onto them are: See Through Eyes and Still Playin. Later I discovered other great songs like Honey Child, On the Way Downtown and most recently Drunkard's Harmony. I keep finding a new favorite after 7 years. You really have to hear this album.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 9, 1999
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"Full service...." has become one of my favourite all-time albums. The songwriting is even better than Case's brilliant debut album and his vocals even more passionate. Case's guitar picking is spendidly urgent and the superb accompaniment (Greg Leisz on lap steel) and sparse arrangements always lets the songs shine through. And what fantastic songs - "Beautiful Grind" is a classic, other stand outs are "Spell of Wheels", "Downtown", "Let Me Fall", "Still Playing" - in fact they're all great. Wonderful lyrics and a lovely live feel to the music - just like I remember them when I saw him live at Downpatrick Folk Club. Don't lend this CD to ANYONE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Johnson on December 16, 2008
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I bought this alt-roots-country-folk-rock record after reading a review of it by, of all people, the Washington Post's jazz critic. The album garnered the Post's highest rating and came with the kind of praise that's pulled out only for a classic. Indeed, this album combines authentic songwriting, great melodies, and top-notch playing into a wonderfully listenable record. Songs like "Spell of Wheels" and "See Through Eyes" are lyrically evocative, melodic, and performed with conviction. Despite some standout songs on the record, I can't skip a track - it's all that good. Peter Case has a unique voice and boy can he turn a lyric. I bought this album shortly after it was released in 1998, and it remains one of my all-time favorites.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By weasilman on July 22, 2010
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A perfect record. Raw, emotional, lyrically nothing short of genius. This guy is the real deal. Still Playin' brings tears to my eyes every time I hear it. So real, so honest - looking back on his start as a street busker and how he loves playing music today as much as he did back then. I especially love the line "Older than I ever thought I'd be, with more responsibility ... and knowin' I'd pay to play again...". So many others: Drunkard's Harmony. Spell of Wheels. Case is among the very best songwriters of his generation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 9, 1998
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After seeing Peter Case live and being blown away I was compelled to pick up his latest CD. The pleasant surprise was how addicted I've become to listening to every track, repeatedly, on a daily basis. The production is extraordinary: being able to listen to a "full band" and recognizing each instrument and pluck of a string individually. Case proves his story telling genius over and over with great trips like "Spell Of Wheels", his attraction and excitement with "Honey Child", and his contentment in "Beautiful Grind". The highest recommendation I give to every music lover I meet!
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By J. Mitchell on June 21, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I've got a collection of over 500 albums and have never written a review. This release by Peter Case is so good that I've been compelled...

IMO, several tunes here rank with some of the best ever written: On The Way Downtown, Green Blanket, Honey Child, Until The Next Time, Drunkard's Harmony, Still Playin'. The remaining are all excellent. The harp and acoustic guitar are wonderful throughout. The end of Spell Of Wheels is awesome.

It's a damn shame Case hasn't gotten more recognition for his amazing songwriting and performance talent. He's one of the best I've ever heard.

This one's an absolute no brainer. AN ABSOLUTE MUST BUY!!
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