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Harlan County [180 Gram Vinyl] Original recording remastered

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Vinyl, Original recording remastered, July 26, 2011
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Product Details

  • Vinyl (July 26, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Light In The Attic
  • ASIN: B0052EV88C
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #612,608 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6. Long Road Ahead
7. Under Construction
8. Workin' My Way To L.A.
9. Spoonful
10. To Make My Life Beautiful

Editorial Reviews

Vinyl LP pressing. Digitally remastered edition of this 1969 album from the American singer/songwriter. Armed with a powerful whiskey fueled voice, down home rhythms, tight horn section, and occasional spectral orchestration from Gene Page (The Righteous Brothers, Barry White, Marvin Gaye), Harlan County is ripe for reappraisal. And though Ford is unfortunately no longer with us, his musical legacy lives on. With fans and friends including Brinsley Schwarz leader Nick Lowe and actor Marlon Brando, it's safe to say that Jim Ford was the real deal. So head over to your local brick and mortar record shop, hit the liquor store for a bottle or two, and turn up the stereo. Take a Country-Funk trip to Harlan County. It's cheaper than a flight and will take you right where you need to be.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Admit One on October 13, 2011
Format: Audio CD
I was thirteen when I first heard Harlan County on the radio - I flipped. I ran right out and bought the 45 for a buck at my local record store. I didn't know who Jim Ford was then and time kinda swallowed him up. I played that 45 till there was nothing left of it and all my friends hated it.

Harlan County finally sees the light of day again. It was so obscure, to tell you the truth I never thought I'd hear it again. It still sounds great to me. Great song writing, aggressive county back beats, 70's soul back-up vocals and real roots rocking await those who venture into this CD. Ford does take some awkward detours at times and there are some clunkers in there to boot. But, when he's doing it right it's awful good stuff.

As a side note, Jim Ford had an interesting life and bumped up against and wrote songs for may of the greats. Check him out!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Craig R. Stevens on February 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had never heard of Jim Ford or this Cd until two days ago when EJ the curator of The Allman Brothers museum in Macon, Georgia ( a place all ABB fans should visit like yesterday ) recommended it --I had to make a long drive so I was able to listen to it all the way through about 5 times . I certainly dont consider it a bit of a mess like the one reviewer stated --I consider it to be damn good all the way through .

Some of the songs are certainly autobiographical such as Harlan County where Ford grew up ( actually in the county next to Harlan ) where he struggled through poverty , shoveled hard coal from the age of 12 and where a man is tired of living by age 20 --, On my way to LA , A long Road ahead --these are probably not the kind of songs played on the radio in 1969 but they tell his story with a kick ass groove to the songs --BTW the session musicians who played throughout the album were legends like James Burton , Dr John , Jim Keltner and others so needless to say the playing is excellent .

I like every song on this recording . He even does a cover of Spoonful by Willie Dixon bringing real originality to a song done by everyone including Cream .
Finding out about a 43-44 year old album you've never heard of and it being this good is really a treat . Thanks EJ .
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David P. Weber on February 20, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The sad fact is that this LP could have been a lot better. Sometimes there are good reasons why an album didn't entice a record company to promote it, and receive attention at the time.

The album sounds like the golden age of rock from whence it came. And Ford's voice is strong but that ain't enough. It sometimes appears that his mind isn't fully on the job. It's a bit of a mish-mash of different styles with nothing really rising to the top. And it's a very short LP.

'Harlan County' came promoted with a quote of recommendation from Sly Stone, which was even used in magazine reviews (presumably from writers who didn't spend much time with the album, if any).

Of course, Sly Stone's judgement has been in question since somewhere around 1970...

Get this album if you don't own anything by Tim Buckley, or Terry Reid, or David Ackles, or one of the other great 'lost' voices of this period.
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