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  • Audio CD (February 23, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E Squared
  • ASIN: B00000I427
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Texas Eagle
2. Yours Forever Blue
3. Carrie Brown
4. I'm Still In Love With You
5. The Graveyard Shift
6. Harlan Man
7. The Mountain
8. Outlaw's Honeymoon
9. Connemara Breakdown
10. Leroy's Dustbowl Blues
11. Dixieland
12. Paddy On The Beat
13. Long, Lonesome Highway Blues
14. Pilgrim

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Even if it does begin with a jokey incantation of the Mickey Mouse theme song ("M-I-C-K-E-Y..."), The Mountain is Steve Earle's most traditional album, pairing country rock's most notorious miscreant with the best working band in bluegrass. Earle was inspired by a chance meeting with the late bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, and this is his self-declared stab at musical immortality. It is easy to imagine these 14 songs sounding as good 40 years from now as they do today. The mood varies widely from triple-time breakdowns to bluesy shuffles to meditative waltzes, but there's not a missed note or strained chorus anywhere. As Earle states at the outset, "If you want to be in the band, you have to put your hat on," and the one he's wearing, at least figuratively, is 10 gallon-plus. --Keith Moerer

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The Mountain ... is an art project in denim and work boots, a self-conscious effort by Earle to pay homage to the bluegrass pantheon if not enter it. -- New York Times

Earle's anarchic spirit roughens up the normally polished McCoury Band, but the result is far from amateurish. -- Entertainment Weekly

Customer Reviews

If you listen to this album, you'll understand why.
Peter Durward Harris
A songwriter and performer of astonishing range and power fully conversant with a wide range of musical styles from traditional country and blues to contemporary rock.
jpalmer1@columbus.rr.com
I highly recommend this c.d. to any music lover as it's a must for their collection.
Paul Ousman

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Steve Vrana HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
In his liner notes, Steve Earle says his primary motive for writing the songs on this album (he wrote all 14 tracks) was an attempt at immortality. His stated hope was that at least one of these songs would be performed at every bluegrass festival in the world "long after I have followed Mr. Bill (Monroe) of this world." After giving this album several listens, I'd say he won't have to worry about that.
This is one of Earle's finest albums and very much in the vein of his 1995 album Train a Comin'. This time out he hooks up with the Del McCoury Band, simply one of the best bluegrass outfits playing today--check out their excellent 1996 album The Cold Hard Facts for further proof.
There isn't a weak track on this album. But if I were to pick a single highlight it would be the closing track, the confessional and mournful "Pilgrim" with its all-star vocal harmony cast (Emmlou Harris, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, John Hartford, Peter Rowan, et. al.). Overall, this is an honest and sincere record from an artist who deserves to reach a wider audience. Unfortunately, even the best bluegrass albums are lucky to sell a hundred thousand units. Let's hope it doesn't keep him from putting out another bluegrass album. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John M. Bentley II on December 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When my brother called me and asked me to drive to Nashville to see Steve Earle & the Del McCoury Band in concert at the Station Inn, I had no idea what I was in for. I read many reviews of this CD and they were all very favorable, yet I had never heard any of the music. I sat there shell-shocked with a slack jawed expresion on my face that turned into the biggest ear-to-ear grin I've ever had on my face. The performance going on in front of me was something of legend. A tiny little hole-in-the-wall full of smoke and stale beer, came alive with music that truly elated my soul. I promptly ran out and bought this CD, along with several other Del McCoury Band CDs. Steve Earle and Del deserve Album of the Year from the Grammy organization for this ground breaking blend of roots bluegrass and raw rock and roll. One shining moment from the show that will always stick out in my mind was when Iris DeMent stood on stage with Steve & Del and literally stupefied the audience with her powerful voice. You will play this album for years to come.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Earle actually precedes this musical set with a written eulogy in the liner notes, speaking of the legendary Bill Monroe and Earle's own innate desire to please the master. He has transcended that, I'm fairly certain, with this exquisite set of his own compositions and lyrics.
Bluegrass is simply an art form...exceptional artists possessing extraordinary skill, writing, interpreting, and translating music that appeals because of its basic purity and "down-to-earth" originality. We will listen and recall times gone by because when we hear it, it reminds us of a place and time...a small town celebration...something that we heard as a kid... it reminds us of our grandpa's era...we can almost feel it, smell it, touch it...it's Americana. Once we take a closer look, the scope of bluegrass music today even becomes quite broad, especially over the past couple of decades, past the traditionalist's boundaries that once confined it, into modern times where stellar musicians cling to the roots of the past while forging ahead into uncharted territory. But all too often the past is forgotten. Not this time.
Steve Earle has filled the bill admirably on all accounts. He has successfully bridged the past to the present. Most of his songs sound as if they've been around for quite a long time but they are performed exquisitely and with a refreshing approach. He has captured Americana past with "Texas Eagle", "Leroy's Dustbowl Blues", and the Civil War period melody of "Dixieland", which remarkably, could have been written 130 years ago without anyone's knowing different. There are also love songs such as "Carrie Brown" and "I'm Still In Love With You". There are blue collar anthems like the excellent beat driven "Harlan Man".
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ousman on December 25, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Was never a real big "bluegrass" lover,although I do enjoy most all types of music;as long as it's good and well produced. I have been a big Steve Earle fan for more than a decade,and this c.d. The Mountain is not typical of his previous releases,but rates right up there with all the other great releases by Earle. I cannot sit and listen without stompin my feet or playing air guitar or air violin/mandolin/banjo and singing along with every tune of which there is no weak link.The production is superb and the crispness and clenliness of each note is unmatched to any other recording I've heard in a long long time.I highly recommend this c.d. to any music lover as it's a must for their collection.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David W Allen on June 1, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Personally, I have a deep connection to this album. I gave the cd to my dad to listen to on his way back to San Diego from LA. He called me about an hour after he left and told me that when he dies he wanted "Pilgrim" to be played at his funeral. He died suddenly in May and it was "Pilgrim" that was played at his funeral and reception afterward. The album has several other gems, as well, but this one will always live on in me. I will forever associate it with my dad's spirit. Other than that tune, the rest of the album is also excellent. The dueling banjos, the deft fiddle playing, the hearty mandolin picking all complement Earle's songwriting genius. Here's to Steve...
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