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Peter Wolf's Rootsy New Album Midnight Souvenirs Captures Late Night Magical Moments. Midnight Souvenirs...the heartbeat of secret love behind closeddoors...whispers in the dark long after the lights go downlow...melodies drifting in from a downtown honky-tonk. It's the beginning...or the end...and anything goes. Midnight Souvenirs, Peter Wolf's seventh solo album is a continuation of the singer-songwriter's distinctive and eclectic tales that brighten and interpret a world gone noir. Following in the tracks of Wolf's Sleepless, which was honored by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the '500 greatest albums of all-time,' the new collection gives hope to the love-wounded and promises "there's still time for the midnight wine," even if "sometimes you heal, sometimes you're scarred."

From the Artist

"I never obsess about the commercial aspect of my music, just like with my artwork," says Wolf, also an accomplished painter whose art world connections have included Norman Rockwell, Mark Rothko, Andy Warhol and Director David Lynch. "What matters is if the painting is interesting to keep or show to somebody. It's the same with the songs; you hope people will make an emotional connection. I absorb the influences and reshape them," he says. "The act of creation is what gives meaning to my life and keeps me going--in music and in art."

1. Tragedy (with Shelby Lynne)
2. I Don't Wanna Know
3. Watch Her Move
4. There's Still Time
5. Lying Low
6. The Green Fields Of Summer (with Neko Case)
7. Thick As Thieves
8. Always Asking For You
9. Then It Leaves Us All Behind
10. Overnight Lows
11. Everything I Do (Gonna Be Funky)
12. Don't Try To Change Her
13. The Night Comes Down (for Willy Deville)
14. It's Too Late For Me (with Merle Haggard)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 6, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0030E5NKK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,317 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The only reason I listen to Peter Wolf was that I read a GLOWING review in Rolling Stone back when his album "Fool's Parade" came out by the founder and publisher of RS, Jann Wenner. He never reviews anything, and he basically said it was one of the greatest things he had ever heard. Now, of course I grew up listening to some J. Geils, but I didn't know Peter Wolf AT ALL.

That album was fantastic, as well as his follow-up "Sleepless." When I read recently it had only sold 40k copies, I was blown away. That's insane. I have played his music for people over the years, and everybody who has listened, says how great he is. I mean, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards played on his last album. That's not an easy pair to score.

On this album, he has duets with Merle Haggard, Neko Case, and Shelby Lynne. If you're hesitant at all about buying this album, just go online and search for his recent performance with Shelby Lynne on Jimmy Fallon. You'll find it pretty easily, and I can say that I actually prefer the live version to the studio, and the studio version is great.

But if you're reading this, you probably already know who Peter Wolf is, and love him. So, do this instead. Get this album for a friend. Or just play it for your wife or best friend. More people need to know who he is, beyond the guy who sang "Love Stinks."

Peter Wolf is amazing. End of story.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on April 11, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Peter Wolf's first new release in eight years will instantly make fans realize just how big a hole his absence left in their lives. It will also make you long for a time when cool rock music was everywhere, could be heard regularly on the radio, and didn't need adjectives to claim it independent of the mainstream - it was the mainstream. Wolf's solo works have always retained the fire of his earlier sides with the J. Geils Band, but they were also the product of an adult voice. Together with longtime producer Kenny White, Wolf's crafted a sleek album of rock music that draws heavily on its R&B, soul and blues roots. He's written or co-written all but one of the fourteen tracks, and covers Alan Toussaint's "Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky." The latter is a perfect vehicle for the Wolf showmanship.

Wolf duets on the opening "Tragedy" with Shelby Lynne, calling, responding and harmonizing as a couple dancing passionately on the razor's edge between reconciliation and extinction. The song opens with Wolf singing against rich guitars, giving listeners a moment to luxuriate in the qualities of his voice. But as Lynne and the band kick-in, she proves herself the perfect foil and the arrangement builds and subsides with the song's exhilarated and exhausted emotions. Romantic turmoil and opportunities are considered alongside Wolf's thoughts on mortality. "There's Still Time" is resolute in making the best of current opportunities, while "Lying Low" looks forward. The themes twine together in "Green Fields of Summer," a duet with Neko Case that realizes the actions and relationships of the here and now echo into the hereafter.

Mostly it's women that are on Wolf's mind.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Rosebud43 on April 8, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The music of Peter Wolf belongs to my life for more than 35 years, and like old wine, he's getting better all the time. J. Geils was great but Pete solo is the best.
This new album is everything you can expect from music: heartache, tears and move ass. Just like "Sleepless" it burns to my heart, great voice, great lyrics, great music, great songs.

Please Mr. Wolf, don't let us wait another 8 years.

Many greetings

Jürgen from Herkenrath, Germany
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ken on January 8, 2011
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I lost track of Peter Wolf since the J.Geils band disolved. When I saw this CD online and listened to some sound clips, I thought this might be an alright record. Well....I can't believe how fantastic it really is. I must have listened to it 100 times over in the past few months.

The record is so catchy, with great melodies and an awesome band to boot. If I could vote for record of the year this would be it. I dug it so much I bought PW's previous releases of Fool's Parade and Sleepless. All 3 are excellent records.

Peter Wolf....thank you for making some really good music over this past decade. I don't know why you don't get more credit or air play. Your music deserves to be heard!!!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on April 16, 2010
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Peter Wolf is 64, and I think about how interesting it would be to hear him today perform "Centerfold" or "Piss On The Wall". Now that would be something. However, Mr. Wolf has taken another direction, one less traveled, and less filled with radio hits. He has become quite the accomplished musical artist, and I reserve a place in my enormous pantheon of music I listen to, just for him.

Yes, his seventh solo album, "Midnight Souvenirs", is a continuation of that maturation process that began in 1996 with "Long Line". Peter opens himself up even more here by working with Shelby Lynne, Neko Case and Merle Haggard. This time mining an alt-country, blues, soul vibe, and he does this extremely well. The album as a whole is greater than its individual parts. There are no stand alone tracks here, instead they all work together to make a solid recording. There are no pop hits to be found, but there are some might good tracks like "Watch Her Move", "Lying Low", "The Green Fields Of Summer", "Always Asking For You", "Overnight Lows" and "It's Too Late For Me".

Before listening to "Midnight Souvenirs", I went back to J. Geils and listen to some of their work, and then went album by album starting with 1984's "Lights Out" all the way up to 2002's "Sleepless". It's quite a trajectory. I am glad Mr. Wolf is doing his own thing now, far from the greedy pockets of the popular music biz (I know, he's on Verve records, but I consider them at least non-mainstream).

Four stars because, well, it's a great album, don't get me wrong, but there are no really memorable songs here, just pleasant ones, and that's not a bad thing.

Here's how "Midnight Souvenirs" compares to Peter's other works:

1984 Lights Out: Three Stars
1987 Come As You Are: Three Stars
1990 Up To No Good: Three Stars
1996 Long Line: Four Stars
1998 Fool's Parade: Four Stars
2002 Sleepless: Four Stars
2010 Midnight Souvenirs: Four Stars
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