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Greens From the Garden

Corey HarrisAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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A native of Denver, Colorado, Corey Harris fell in love with music at an early age, and made his own music with a toy guitar he received at the age of three. Now 31 years old, Corey grew up watching his favorite music television shows - including HEE HAW and SOUL TRAIN - and listening to all the popular music of the day. But when his mother turned him on to a real guitar and the blues of ... Read more in Amazon's Corey Harris Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alligator Records
  • ASIN: B00000I7X5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,725 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introduction To The Greens
2. Basehead
3. Honeysuckle
4. Tapado
5. Eh La Bas
6. Interlude
7. Wild West
8. In The Kitchen With Momma
9. Sweet Black Angel
10. Pas Parlez
11. Interlude
12. Lynch Blues
13. Greens Back In The Day
14. Congo Square Rag
15. Diddy Wah Diddy
16. Ites
17. Just A Closer Walk With Thee
18. Nola Rag
19. Epilogue
20. Teabag Blues
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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Like many younger blues artists, guitarist and singer Corey Harris mixes and blends different styles, instead of sticking to just one. What speaks to his considerable skill as a musician is how well it works. On Greens from the Garden, he roves between the Delta and Cajun country, contrasting the solid, slow blues of "Honeysuckle" with the upbeat, waltz-time "Pas Parles." A definite highlight is "Lynch Blues," which features a great guitar intro backed by a drum roll as smooth as water poured on the drumhead. Between songs lurk bits of percussion, snippets of monologue and conversation; this, coupled with the generally upbeat feel of the album, leaves the listener with the impression of a really good party captured on CD. Thanks to the miracle of modern recording technology, we're all invited. --Genevieve Williams

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute gem! November 8, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I've never written a review before, but I'm moved to in this case because I love this album! Since some people seem to be grumbling about it not being "pure" blues, and are put-off by it's eclecticism, I just want to say that these are the very reasons I find this so engaging. I consider myself so very lucky to have stumbed across it from my own growingly diverse tastes. This album becomes more comfortable and precious every time I listen to it -- a tour through a musician's heart. It has a warm feeling of home - which I think is very much intended. Thank you Corey Harris for making this beauty. I love the variety and the pace. I want more like it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Making music that pushes the envelope, August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Corey Harris has two excellent Cds before this one on which he plays incredible blues songs. There was no need for him to make yet another, and if he had I would have thought it a sign of artistic stagnation and lack of inspiration. What you get on this recording is a movement forward, into the living, breathing depth of the music. It is in many ways an exploration of the great similarity of spirit that binds ragtime, blues, folk, jazz, and reggae music together. The CD is best, in my opinion, as a whole. Each song, and each interlocking spoken segment bewteen them, compliments and feeds off of each other. I applaud Harris' move forward, and for his great ability to push the limits of what must be the most limiting of genres.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's alive--going to the top of our CD shelf. July 6, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
A delicious combination of sounds, a bluesy heart pumping into arteries of a variety of genres, but focusing on its eclecticism misses the point. Mr. Harris delivers life. Hey, it's more than just greens--I can taste bits of cilantro, arugula, and squash flowers as well.
I have earlier Corey Harris tracks, but to be fair, I had heard "Eh La Bas" before picking this one up, so I knew it was going to be more than the usual ride. Mr. Harris has captured, well, joy (which makes sense, coming from a blues artist).
Gets high ratings from our adolescent contingent here, too, despite the lack of video presence on MTV.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great work, Corey May 5, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Well, for a blues purist, this CD might seem a dissapointment. But for any person with open ears (and open soul, too) this is a real gem. If you've listened to Corey's first two albums, then you'll see that it's just a logical step forward. I was waiting for something like this from Corey. On his second CD he added tuba and trombone, here he plays with lots of other musicians (and he fools around with lots of styles). Don't listen to guys telling that those aren't blues. They are... for sure. Even behind reggae rhythm there is a solid 12 bar basis. Just open your soul and you'll hear it in every note. Harris is a pro, and being one he is wise enough not to limit himself by only one aspect of the great style. He goes in the same direction which Taj Mahal once went.
Great voice, great guitar playing, great rhythms - great CD!
Dmitry aka Cat's Eye
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La frescura de los jardines February 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
La música hecha con alegría hace alegres a quienes la escuchan, y me parece que Corey Harris y sus compañeros se han divertido mucho tocando esta variedad de ritmos, y yo lo estoy pasando a las mil maravillas. Han logrado un disco inagotable, de esos que, cada vez que pasan, ofrecen un nuevo sonido para descubrir, una nota, un arreglo, una risa! No me extiendo. Gracias por devolverme las ganas de escuchar estas músicas, estaba en un punto en que lo único que me quedaba de blues en la cabeza era unas "takes" de Muddy Waters con Johnny Winter. ¡Felicitaciones!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So what if it ain't blues? May 6, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is innovative and engaging music. I'm a devoted blues fan, but I actually prefer this CD to Corey's earlier, more traditional efforts, which sound like he's trying too hard to be "authentic." By contrast, "Greens" is lively, original, and fun. If I want authenticity, I can always pull out Robert Johnson.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Around the Country in 60 Minutes! July 3, 2004
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Want to travel around the country in 60 minutes? The ticket price is...well...the cost of this CD (and it is worth every penny)! Mr. Harris gives us a sampling of every style of blues we ever had a hankering for (and a few we forgot, 'till Harris reminded us). New Orleans, Delta, Texas, Creole mambo, and even a few mixed bags like a sweet reggae ditty, and a grinding funk number.
Interspersed in between tracks are excerpts Corey Harris recorded on a tape recorder (he studied linguistic anthropology in college) of people talking about eating, cooking, and enjoying greens. And this is apropos because this CD has quite an authentic, energetic and flavorful feel much like that of the greens he talks about.
My favorites on the CD? Check out "Eh La Bah," a funky Creole mambo with lyrics in French Creole. There is also "Wild West" with an electrifying rythm and groove that would be as appropriate on contemporary radio as in a small blues club. Then, there are the accoustic diddys. The first of which, the New Orleans infested "Honeysuckle," finds Harris duetting with a great Professor Longhair-esque pianist. There is also the slow delta of "Black Angel" and the more upbeat, Carolina-style, "Diddy wa Diddy."
I will stop there, as I could literally go on singing the praises of every song on here. Needless to say, by now, if you value good, smart, and well-flavored blues, you should look no further than Corey Harris's "Greens From the Garden." Take the trip around the country in 60 minutes!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous blues
Best rendition of Just a Close Walk With Thee that I've ever heard - and I'm an Atheist. I thank the giant turtle that holds up planet earth that I went into the new coffee shop... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carmel Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this CD
This is one of the best albums made! It is sweet soul blues.
Published on December 13, 2006 by David G. Lanfear Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a good sound...
Corey Harris is amazing. Check out his bio sometime, and you'll see why this album -- and his style in general -- contains so many outside influences that make this such a cool,... Read more
Published on February 7, 2003 by N. Franus
2.0 out of 5 stars I tried to like it
He seems like a good guy, it's the rootsy kind of thing I usually dig, I just didn't like it. I think some of it was supposed to be hokey/charming but it stuck me as... Read more
Published on January 25, 2002 by kevnm
5.0 out of 5 stars ...not the blues...but bluey...bluish...?
...this is the cd that actually made me get up and go make me a pot of fresh greens for the first time. ham and hot peppers and was good! Read more
Published on August 17, 2001 by R. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars COREY'S CORE STILL PRESENT
as mr. harris has already said, this album is somewhat of a departure from his 2 earlier efforts. this, in and of itself, should not deter "open eared" listeners from... Read more
Published on April 21, 2000 by Thomas Danfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Judge for yourself--but label it accurately
Some may like the eclectic mix of styles presented in this disc. But to say that it is entirely or even predominantly blues, just ain't accurate. Judge for yourself. P.S. Read more
Published on May 19, 1999
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