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  • Audio CD (January 29, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: January 29, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mca Nashville
  • ASIN: B00005V7G1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,607 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Earle's contract with MCA quickly paid dividends as his 1986 debut climbed the pop charts and Guitar Town; Goodbye's All We've Got Left; Someday , and Hillbilly Highway all hit the country charts. A roots-rock triumph, plus a live bonus cut!

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On this 1986 debut, Steve Earle burst on the scene as a fully formed songwriting master, synthesizing effortlessly the finest parts of country-folk troubadours like Townes Van Zandt and the anthemic, working-class rock of Bruce Springsteen. "Someday," a country-rock masterpiece about a kid stuck pumping gas in a dead-end town, remains the perfect realization of this style, and with the exception of the slight and silly "Little Rock 'N' Roller," most everything else here (especially "Hillbilly Highway" and the heartbreaking ballad "My Old Friend the Blues") comes awfully close. The 2002 reissue, overseen by Earle and original producer Tony Brown, offers fresh remastering, new liner notes by Earle, and a bonus live version of Springsteen's "State Trooper." --David Cantwell

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Its one of the best albums I have ever heard.
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The sound is good, the lyrics are above average in content--particularly like "Good 'Ol Boy"--and its just good quality all around.
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Steve Earl is a force in American Music that is not just Folk, Rock, Country, or Pop.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 31, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album on vinyl when it was first released in 1986--the same year that Dwight Yoakam debuted with Guitars, Cadilacs, Etc., Etc. While both artists used different approaches (Earle filtered his music through rock, while Yoakam leaned more toward honky-tonk and the Bakersfield sound), both artists brought an honesty and integrity to country music that had been missing from mainstream country. All tracks were written or co-written by Earle with the exception of the bonus track, a live version of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper." [This bonus track was originally released in 1986 on an EP and is also available on the 2-CD anthology Ain't Ever Satisifed.] Earle has put out a string of excellent albums over the years, but his debut is arguably his strongest. He's never fit in with the hat acts of the past two decades--Earle is too much of a rebel for that--but as he sings on the title track: "Hey, pretty baby are you ready for me/yeah, it's your good rockin' daddy down from Tennessee." Country radio may not have been ready, but they sure needed him. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14, 2002
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Now beautifully restored to pristine analog, 'Guitar Town's' sound is warm, capturing bass lines lost in the original digital master released against Earle's wishes. Included is a seething live version of Springsteen's "State Trooper," captured during Earle's exhuberant concert at Chicago's Park West Theatre in August 1986, showcasing a young troubador ready to take on the world. To complete the package, MCA generously included some extra photos from the original Guitar Town session in downtown Nashville for this re-issue, which show just a hint of imminent trouble in Earle's eyes. Most welcome are Earle's illuminating, newly-penned liner notes, which tell of his attendance of a "Born In The USA" concert, (which inspired "Guitar Town,") and shed much-needed light on Guitar Town's genesis. Easily the most groundbreaking Nashville recording since Waylon Jennings' 1970's sessions, Guitar Town was #79 on Rolling Stone's 'Top 100 Albums of the 80's' list and was hailed by rock critics as the savior of country music. Guitar Town is a cornerstone of the mid-1980's "New Traditionalist" movement in Nashville, and continues to exert a massive influence on songwriters 16 years after it's release. Earle may never understand the full impact this recording will continue to have on future generations of songwriters, but the reappearance of this much-loved, maddeningly slow-selling Rosetta Stone of modern-day country music gives a good hint.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Catherine S. Vodrey on March 5, 2002
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This essential Steve Earle album has the gems "Guitar Town," "Hillbilly Highway," "My Old Friend the Blues,"--well, heck, they're pretty much all gems. "Guitar Town" concisely sketches the life of a traveling musician in today's terms. "Hillbilly Highway" is defiantly proud of its country roots. Even the quasi-lullaby, "Little Rock and Roller," has an edge and benefits from Earle's signature gruff, sandpapery voice. All-around excellent stuff.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 4, 2002
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Just when us Nashville songwriters thought it couldn't get any better, this massively influential CD has been reissued by MCA in beautiful pristine analog, returning the original bass sound to the mix. The guitars and drums are crystal-clear. There are previously-deleted CD cover photos taken in downtown Nashville, a seething live version of Bruce Springsteen's "State Trooper," (recorded during Earle's initial concert tour in August 1986 at the Park West in Chicago) and insightful liner notes by Earle himself, which guide the listener through the genesis of "Guitar Town." Thank you, MCA.
In February 2002, after it's re-release, Earle and the original studio musicians held "Guitar Town Revisited," a landmark, one-night-only concert during which they performed the entire Guitar Town CD start to finish at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. With Earle's insightful anecdotes, Tony Brown's introduction, and the original studio musicians having a ball on stage, that evening capped off an era. In a recent newspapaer interview, Earle addressed the fact that Garth Brooks was a huge fan and was heavily influenced by Guitar Town. In typical acid-tounged style, Earle replied: "I have a real problem with that. Garth Brooks opened a show for us in Stillwater one time, and he cites me as a major influence. Don't blaim me for Garth Brooks."
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "valentinesidekick" on January 30, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Steve Earle is definitely the Hank Williams of our generation-except thankfully he's lived to tell the tale. "Guitar Town" is not his greatest release,but it jump started an awesome talent's career. And compared to the other releases of it's time,it was a masterpiece. "My Old Friend The Blues" still stands out as one of Steve's best songs,as does "Fearless Heart","Someday",and the title track. There really isn't a bad song on this CD,and the bonus live track,Springsteen's "State Trooper" is awesome,and fitting seeing as how Steve has always been compared to the Boss. But Steve Earle shouldn't be compared to anyone-he is a true original and one our best singer-songwriters around today. "Guitar Town" is a good start for anyone who has never heard Steve Earle,but don't stop there. Steve Earle's catalouge is vast and very much worth listening to.
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