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Hammer & Nail

Paul ThornAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Paul Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music - bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern, yet also speaking universal truths. The Tupelo, Mississippi native took an unexpected detour on the road to recording his latest album. After writing many discs of semi-autobiographical tunes, the critically acclaimed singer/songwriter - hailed as the "Mark Twain ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Thorn Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music & VI
  • ASIN: B000002GO9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,407 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Heart With 4 Wheel Drive
2. 800 Pound Jesus
3. I Bet He Knows
4. Double Wide Paradise
5. Sure Sign
6. Every Little Bit Hurts
7. A Heart Like Mine
8. Temporarily Forever Mine
9. Hammer & Nail
10. Resurrection Day

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ex-boxer stuns crowded hall in England May 17, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album from Paul when he supported Jools Holland in Bournemouth, UK a couple of years ago. He performed with support from just one other guitarist to an audience who had never heard of him, and were waiting for the main act. Using a combination of wit and great songs, by his third number he had the audience eating out of his hand. This album is every bit as good as that performance, and is a gem. Just where is Tupilo, Missisippi (sp?)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Thorn . . . Is Very Special!!! January 3, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Where do I start? I first heard him on KPIG. . . been in the radio and music business all my life . . . have more than 12,000 vinyl records . . . I've "heard it all". So, it takes something very special to get my attention . . . Paul Thorn is very special. Listen to me!!! No, listen to him! Plus, I am very proud to say that he is a personal friend. Nothing I can write here will convince you . . . but, his music will.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every collection. February 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first time I heard of Paul Thorn, he was a support act for Jools Holland (ex of English band Squeeze) on a UK tour. And did he shine !! He played a number of tunes from Hammer And Nail, knocking spots off the headline artist, and I bought a copy.
Hammer And Nail is an album that hooks you from the first playing. And just keeps getting better every time you listen. His tunes are catchy and his lyrics well written. He conveys the emotion in his songs very well, particularly the heart ache in Temporarily Permantly Mine and humour in 800 Pound Jesus.
If you buy one album this year, buy this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, Odd, And Completely Entertaining September 20, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Paul Thorn is one of the greatest performers to emerge in the last few years. I last saw him live with Mark Knopfler, and he thrilled the crowd. I met him afterward, and he is a truly down to Earth, friendly guy. This is one of my favorite Thorn CD's, with plenty of his usual wit, peculiar humor, and excellent musicianship present throughout.

For me the standout track on the disc is "I'd Rather Be a Hammer Than a Nail" a wry song with numerous biographical revelations about Thorn. I particularly like the passage relating to his former career as a boxer. When he tells the story of taking on Roberto Duran in the introduction to the song in concert, he makes the audience roar with laughter, which the song then thoroughly reinforces. This is a great CD from start to finish, and I highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A humorous and heartfelt stellar freshman effort May 28, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Paul Thorn deftly mixes a back country sensibility, genuine Christian faith and a wicked sense of humor on his bluesy/country album Hammer + Nail. The songs are frequently humorous (try 800 Pound Jesus and an unlisted track Joanie, the Jehovah Witness Stripper) and often passionate pleas to the woman who left him behind (Double Wide Paradise, Temporarily Forever Mine and I Bet He Knows). The songs are well crafted with simple melodies, sung with a gravelly voice peppered with fire. If you're into singers like Johnny Lang, or if you're in touch with your trailer park roots, this is an album not to be missed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great bluesy ballads October 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Paul has a wonderful gravelly voice. His ballads (I bet he knows; Every little bit hurts; Temporarily forever mine, and my personal favorite Resurrection Day have simple but beautiful lyrics.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fish almost out of water October 7, 2005
By Androo
Format:Audio CD
Paul Thorn's subsequent CDs have made me see this in a different light. There's no doubt he's talented, and very entertaining, but in a kind of home grown way, not a polished, produced to the hilt way. So it's weird when you go back to Hammer and Nail and hear Paul acting so serious, with high, yet not particularly nice, production values. It doesn't seem right. It seems artificial.

And yet, there are some great songs here that I can't imagine Paul Thorn could've done justice to without the upscale production on this album. So it's a bit of a conundrum. It's not that it sounds phoney, but... there's just some quality about this that I can't put my finger on that stops me being totally involved.

Best song on the album though is the stripped down 'Temporarily Forever Mine', which rises above the production. 'Sure Sign' is pretty distinctive too, and 'I Bet He Knows' is darn catchy.

Nice gravelly/smoky quality to Paul's vocals too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I went backwards to find it!
Some of his earlier works have great grit and only round out my collection. He's just getten' better as time goes on!
Published 17 months ago by S. L. Baron
5.0 out of 5 stars I love the Hammer & Nail CD by Paul Thorn
I love the Hammer & Nail CD by Paul Thorn and his band. But I have to say I love everything the fellows do.
Published 18 months ago by sanzo
5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunner!
This album is a real beauty. A must have! Unique and rich in all ways, Paul Thorn is a new favorite.
Published on September 23, 2012 by jhh
5.0 out of 5 stars music cd
i bought this cd for my brother who is completely satisfied. he loves paul thorn and im sure more people would too because even my husband and i liked it also. Read more
Published on December 19, 2009 by Linda S. Berry
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Thorn "Hammer and Nail"
I recently saw Paul open for John Prine and was very impressed. I visited his website after the show and bought "Hammer and Nail" there isn't a song here that I don't enjoy. Read more
Published on September 6, 2006 by Willie Dixon
5.0 out of 5 stars Undiscovered and unbelieveable
Heard Paul open for Huey Lewis in Clearwater, Fl. After his set went out and bought all 4 of his CD's. This guy is great and singing and writing are real life and hit home. Read more
Published on June 19, 2004 by Sean
5.0 out of 5 stars This CD Rocks - Buy it from Paul's website
Great lyrics and tunes, Paul tells it like it is. You can pick this up from his official web site. Get this CD.
Published on April 5, 2003 by thelittlebard
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