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  • Audio CD (March 31, 1992)
  • Original Release Date: March 31, 1992
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA / Curb
  • ASIN: B000002OIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,914 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I've Been To Memphis
2. Church
3. She's Already Made Up Her Mind
4. North Dakota
5. You've Been So Good Up To Now
6. All My Love Is Gone
7. Since The Last Time
8. Baltimore
9. Family Reserve
10. She's Leaving Me Because She Really Wants To
11. Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues (Monte Trenckmann's Blues)
12. She Makes Me Feel Good

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12 songs

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Leave it to the poker-faced Lovett to use a biblical joke to underline the thread of tangled relationships that weave between the wisecracks on this, his fourth album. With his elegantly drawled tenor and modulated sense of country, gospel, and R&B inflections, the Texan songwriter extends the larger ensemble settings and contrasting moods achieved with his preceding album, Lyle Lovett and His Large Band, again mixing shaggy dog stories ("Church"), atmospheric portraits of places and people ("Baltimore"), and fatalistic love songs ("North Dakota") that underline his acknowledged debt to other Lone Star songwriters like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Nanci Griffith. Yet his ease with frank rock elements, and an often urbane outlook, point up a musical kinship with L.A.'s folk-rock wing, notably Jackson Browne. --Sam Sutherland

Customer Reviews

It is a very fun song.
Batmanbrb
Only a very few persons can reach this level with such depth, musicality, wit and sensitivity.
Pieter van Everdingen
A brief note on the sound and engineering of this record: job well done.
Fred McGhee

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Fred McGhee on September 27, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This gospel inflected, subtle, mature, sublime, and beautiful recording was one of the best releases of the 1990's. "Joshua, Judges," and "Ruth" are consecutive books in the bible, and his clever use of those titles are in some way a microcosm of the multi-layered approach he uses here and in all of his music.
"Church" is a wonderful and engaging piece of music that fully displays Lovett's musicianship, exceptional writing, and subtle wit. "She's Already Made Up Her Mind" is one of the best songs Lyle has ever written and is also one of the best SONGS ever written, ranking right up there with the best of Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, and others who have written country-influenced singer-songwriter material. This is a wide-open, West of the Mississippi, haunting and beautiful song, that not only speaks truth, but is filled with longing and sentimental emotion. "North Dakota" is similar in nature; this music is as wide open as the American West. John Denver's influence is evident in these songs, but these are definitely LYLE's themes and motifs, not John's.
A brief note on the sound and engineering of this record: job well done. The silences of this music are as important as the notes, and every single spin of this CD on your player is as professionally processed as a German meatcutter. Gorgeous work, that is properly respectful of this piece of American art by Lyle.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Darren Burton on August 1, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is such a great mood album. It's one of those albums that you put on the stereo when you want to turn down or turn off the lights and just listen to the music and do nothing but let your thoughts drift. "North Dakota" is a perfect example of this.

I also love "All My Love is Gone"; "You've Been So Good Up To Now"; "I've Been To Memphis"; and "She Makes Me Feel Good".

Buy a copy of this CD, chase every one out of the house, crank up the stereo, turn down the lights, and kick back in your favorite chair and enjoy!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By William Greer Jr. on September 14, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is, simply, one of the best recordings of all time. It does not matter what kind of music you like, this recording will win you over. If you are an audiophile and like CDs that make your stereo sound good, you'll like this one. If you like poignant songs that strike that certain chord, you'll like this one. If you like great playing by outstanding musicians, you'll like this one. You can run, but you cannot hide. Joshua Judges Ruth will make you a Lyle Lovett fan, and will just make you love music more altogether. Buy it now; your collection is incomplete without it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "kebmofan" on October 26, 2001
Format: Audio CD
The mix on this CD sets a standard that all other DTS music CDs should strive for. I can't remember who mixed this (I don't have the CD in front of me) but it was obviously a labor of love. I own a lot of DTS music discs as well as DVD Audio. I have never heard another DTS disc that even comes close to this one and I've never heard a DVD Audio mix that was any better. Lyle's voice is isolated in the center channel and instruments are perfectly placed around you in the mix. Turn down the lights and put on this disc and you'll swear you were in the room with the band. On the Church song, the choir is in the surrounds and you'll swear you were in church sitting in front of them. On "She's Already Made Up Her Mind", the smooth, very deep bass is a test for anyone's audiophile system. This disc should be a reference used anywhere surround systems are sold. As a matter of fact, I purchased this disc and took it with me everywhere I demo'd surround systems before I purchased my surround processor and amplifiers. Yes, this disc is THAT good! This album is Lyle's masterpiece. There's not one bad song on it. Don't be fooled if you think Lyle is a simply a "Country" artist. He's capable of jazz, blues, country, soul and gospel and combines them brilliantly on this album. Bottom Line: A masterpiece with a fine surround mix. You can't go wrong with this one!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2000
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You know what? I love this CD. My favorite of his. I hate country but Lyle put something back in my heart, growing up in rural America. Making me remember how lucky I was to have grown up in the country. Alot of truth in this album. Stories of love, evil, and life sang to us with Lyle's velvetly smoothe voice. This album is one of my favorites. I generally listen to bands like Jane's Addiction, Built to Spill, and other punk/postpunk bands.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Michael L. Chaudron on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I always wondered why Julia Roberts married Lyle Lovett. After listening to Joshua Judges Ruth my question is now why did she divorce him?

In the movie "Stripes" Bill Murray says to his platoon mates: "Chicks dig me, but now I know why I lose chicks to guys like you....it's the STORIES". Well, now I know why Julia loved Lyle. His way of telling stories in song are awesome.

I got this CD for Christmas from my mother-in-law. It is unbelievable. The range of music, topics, and vocals is awesome. I pride myself on being a good judge of fairly unknown musical talent such as Delbert McClinton and Susan Tedschi, but they can't hold a candle to Lyle Lovett.

Everyone one loves "Been to Memphis", "Church", and "North Dakota", but my favorite song BY FAR on this CD is "Since the Last Time". This song is so heart felt and real, you can feel his emotions as they ooze from the speakers. It makes you smile, cry, and reflect in 7 minutes. I just told my wife that when I die (in 40 years or more) she is to play this song at my memorial service.

His word smithing is incredible.
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