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Nomad Series Box set


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"Our problem isn't a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus," said Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies a couple of years ago and just prior to launching The Nomad Series, an ambitious effort of four CD releases in 18 months. On the heels of Volume 4, The Wilderness, all four titles will be released in a special package with a 50 page booklet and a fifth disc of previously unreleased material.

Timmins continues, "When we were recording The Nomad Series we approached each album as a separate unit, each with its own specific theme or concept. Because we were recording and releasing so much music over so short a period of time, we felt that it was important to keep each album as lean and focused as possible. So at the end of mixing each album we looked at all of the songs that we had finished and decided what didn't work in a final album sequence; or didn't fit the overall concept of the album; what songs were best left off in order to make the whole stronger.
It's not always an easy decision because each member of the band usually has a favorite or two that ends up on the list of songs to be left off. It's always hard letting go. Here are most of those orphaned songs put together for the first time on a disc...because four albums in eighteen months are just not enough.

The first volume of the series, Renmin Park, released in 2010, was inspired by Michael Timmins' two-month stay in China with his family in '08 and was called "their most ambitious yet" by The Boston Herald. Demons (2011), the second in the series, is a collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt which Canada's National Post called "...a celebration of both the Junkies and Chesnutt and one of the year's best
albums." Volume 3, Sing In My Meadow (2011) was hailed by Metromix as, "showing yet another side of one of the most versatile, underrated bands of the last 25 years." Michael sums up the band's motivation for taking on such a massive project quite simply. "The main reason for wanting to do it," he says, "is that, as we steamed through our twentyfifth year, we felt that we had the energy and inspiration to pull it off."

Disc: 1
1. Intro
2. Renmin Park
3. Sir Francis Bacon At The Net
4. Stranger Here
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Wrong Piano
2. Flirted With You All My Life
3. See You Around
4. Betty Lonely
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Continental Drift
2. It's Heavy Down Here
3. 3rd Crusade
4. Late Night Radio
See all 8 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Unanswered Letter
2. Idle Tales
3. We Are The Selfish Ones
4. Angels In The Wilderness
See all 10 tracks on this disc
Disc: 5
1. My Boy Burns
2. Girl Behind The Man Behind The Gun
3. Old Hotel
4. Marathon
See all 10 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 17, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • ASIN: B007DIQB3W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"Our problem isn't a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus," says Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. "For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn ... Read more in Amazon's Cowboy Junkies Store

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The quality do the 180 g pressings is outstanding.
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The band keeps their roots while exploring exciting new themes in writing and production.
Grandpa Tom
I love Margot, her haunting sweet-sour voice, and I love their instrumentals.
Vicente Del Rio

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Grandpa Tom on June 2, 2012
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The Cowboy Junkies have been a favorite group of mine since the 1980's. They have always stood for excellence in writing, performance, and production. They developed their own sound and presence, have changed it some over the years, and have remained fresh, relevant, and essential. Their work is accessible by casual and devoted fans alike. The Trinity Sessions is essential. Lay It Down is exceptional, and Long Journey Home with DVD is awesome (access Good Friday on this).

Now for The Nomad Series, developed beginning in 2008. The band keeps their roots while exploring exciting new themes in writing and production. For example, Renmin Park was inspired by Michael's experience in China. Demons are the band's cover of significant Vic Chesnutt (RIP) compositions. Sing In My Meadow a somewhat impromptu session of acid-blues (their term). Wilderness inspired by the sensation of being lost in the many wildernesses of our lives.

One issue that strikes me while enjoying this set is the permanence of the band. They've been together since the beginning, and I wonder if The Nomad Series could have been possible without that longevity.

This is a great set of albums, worthy of your consideration. I'm sure glad I purchased it.

Some reviewers have dissed the packaging. My observation is that the booklet is better than the individual cd's (I own 3-of-4) in that the graphics are first-rate. I like the style of the disc storage. (5) CD's can be stored in a space of (2) jewel cases. Just don't remove the tape on the side of the cd trays that hold them secure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James D Kirk Jr on April 23, 2012
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The recording quality of these discs are very good.

The amount of music you get for a little over 20 bucks is excellent.

The material and performances are really great too.

I think Sing In My Meadow is my favorite because it shows the Junkies can really rock. I think the next favorite disc is demons. They nail "Flirted with you all my life" When I read the songs on Demons I was sad they didn't include one of my favorite Chestnut tunes "Guilty By Association" but then was really happy they included it on the outake disc!

I've been a fan of theirs for years but haven't bought any of their discs since Pale Sun Crescent Moon. This disc has stuff on it that's as strong and well performed as any of their classics and I'm glad I finally got some more of their music!

Check out "3rd Crusade" fantastic.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on June 22, 2013
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I've always liked the Cowboy Junkies, and The Trinity Sessions is one of my favorite albums, I also adore their follow-up albums - Caution Horses, Black-Eyed Man, Pale Sun Crescent Moon with its cover of a Dinosaur Jr song - and I sing their songs in my guitar set. They somehow, inexplicably, fell off my radar a few years ago. I have no idea why - they never became a "has been band", they always made good music, but they escaped my notice. Now, I find that they produced four CDs in 18 months under a "Nomad" series, and have now released it as a set for $20, along with a fifth CD of odds and ends, and how can I resist? It's so wonderful, after 20 years, to have the Cowboy Junkies adding gravitational stress to my CD rack. It's a better world we live in now.
The songs on the Nomad Series are supposed to be built around a concept, but I don't know what unifies them, because each CD is very much its own recording. And, like all good Cowboy Junkies songs, they fall into just a handful of categories: the wistful, mournful slow strummer, the (relatively) upbeat "rocker" (the Cowboy Junkies can only "rock" so hard, but they all make use of artistic distortion), the wan pop song, the freaky experimental number, and the distinct, characteristic cover song.

The first of the five CDs, "Renmin Park", starts off with some found sounds, Chinese martial music that sounds like Oktoberfest tunes, then some Chinese traditional singing, plucking, park sounds, people hanging out. The first full song, the title track, is a beautiful, wan, wistful mourner that is just Margo's voice and Michael's spare guitar, with later some Chinese fiddle thrown in. Gorgeous.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Vicente Del Rio on April 17, 2012
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Just got my box from Amazon! I LOVE the Cowboy Junkies, everything they do. I love Margot, her haunting sweet-sour voice, and I love their instrumentals. Musically, this collection is absolutely excellent, no doubt about it. However, the way their label decided to package the collection is one of the WORSE such decisions I have seen... The five discs come in individual thin jewel boxes that are simply open and loose (picture a thin jewel box with no cover), and only kept together by a (not kidding) piece of scotch-tape on the side. This "package" is then set loose inside a cardboard cover. Evidently the scotch-tape is just a very temporary solution and just peels off. The result is: every time you pick up the "box" you risk dropping all the discs on the floor since it is not a box at all! Dumb, isn't it? Why not a simple box, like everybody else's decent collection? That's the only reason I gave it only four starts... This "box" design really infuriated me.
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