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Past The Point Of Rescue

Hal KetchumAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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listen  2. I Know Where Love Lives 3:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Somebody's Love 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Past The Point Of Rescue 4:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Five O'Clock World 3:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Miss My Mary 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Don't Strike A Match (To The Book Of Love) 3:14$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Long Day Comin' 3:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. She Found The Place 3:11$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Hal Ketchum's talents burst onto the country music scene in 1991, hitting #1 with his very first single, "Small Town Saturday Night." His almost instant arrival as a distinctive artistic presence reflected a lifetime already immersed in music.

Reared in the village of Greenwich in the gorgeously verdant countryside of upstate New York, Ketchum hails from a family where ... Read more in Amazon's Hal Ketchum Store

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  • Audio CD (July 22, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Curb
  • ASIN: B000000D09
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,224 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Hal Ketchum

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With this 1991 album's opener, "Small Town Saturday Night," Hal Ketchum served as perceptive a slice of Americana as country radio had tasted in years. While he didn't pen this hit, its accompanying album (his second and best) shows he could write songs with salt-of-the-earth perspective and easy-going charm, whether dealing with the melancholia of love or the simple pleasures of relationships. He's not an especially original songwriter, nor does he cultivate a rooted country sound, but he has the common touch and a just-shy-of-smooth delivery that's effective on "I Know Where Love Lives" (another hit) and "Old Soldiers." --Roy Francis Kasten

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album by a classic songwriter! October 11, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Hal Ketchum's debut on Curb records offers up quite a succulent dish of Texas country at it's finest. Ketchum can write, and there's nothing better than a writer who performs his own material. You are guaranteed to get the best interpretation in this collection of ten songs, seven of which are written by Ketchum. The artist's talents are evident in the songs "Somebody's Love," "Long Day Comin'," and "She Found The Place," which was recorded previously as "Bobbie's Song" on Ketchum's independent album release, THREADBARE ALIBIS, on Watermelon records in 1986. "Old Soldiers" features Kathy Mattea singing background; "I Miss My Mary" is the reflection of a bar fly as he sees his true love fade away; and "Don't Strike A Match (To The Book Of Love)" tells of haunting dreams caused by a lover's leaving. "Past The Point Of Rescue" and "Small Town Saturday Night" are the hot tickets on the CD. I guess that's why Curb was smart enough to release them as singles and push the CD to the sales it achieved. This is by far my favorite Hal Ketchum CD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evading the "Hat Act" trend February 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Too much country in the last ten years or so sounds exactly alike. Hal Ketchum has been unjustly neglected in the press of identical "hat acts" whose sound derives primarily from rock rather than true country. Ketchum harkens back to greats like Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and also echoes contemporaries like Jimmy Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock (q.v.) while maintaining his own strong sound. His social awareness is in evidence, too: Ketchum isn't just a singer, he believes in issues, and is willing to tell us what he believes. To hear Hal Ketchum is to hear one of the unfairly overlooked voices out of Nashville today.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hal- Nothing Better November 4, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I have every album Hal Ketchum has ever done. To me there is no one better. His voice has a richness and range that cannot be surpassed. He is a master writer, guitar player and singer that transcends any certain category to attach him to. One minute its country, the next a little soul, the next pop etc. A master story teller and usually there is a spiritual side to his music. He can tell a story like no other and you know that he has lived them as well. Well done, Hal!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Country Album Ever October 25, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This is what country music should be! Down to earth stories of average people beautiful played and sung. Some claim Hal lacks `honky tonk' credibility but I am not troubled. He does in some sense, ride the folk/pop line in country music. He could easily compared to folk/pop stars like Paul Simon and Cat Stevens, but with a more earthy perspective. Ernest and impassioned, Hal's attachment to the tunes (even those he didn't write) is obvious. He certainty isn't bland, emotionless professional like many of the cookie cutter Hat acts so popular in the country field today. Past The Point Of Rescue is a song that I never tire of. His version of `Five O'clock World' is the best I've ever heard. "I Miss My Mary' is the moving tale of a working class family man similar in tone to Harry Chapin's Cats Cradle, but somewhat harsher. I can't praise the album enough. To be honest, I was dismissive of country music in general until `Tom The Crazy Sub Driver' introduced me to this album. Clearly the best Hal Ketchum album, it's also my favorite country album. A+
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most original sound in years March 15, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The early 90's proved to be very fertile years for new country artists. While Nashville claims it was an oversight (they normally don't allow so many new artists to release albums) I think the infusion of new talent enhanced country immensely. They probably need to do it again (and soon!) judging by the decline in quality country music today.
Hal Ketchum was in that crop of rookies in the early 90's and I think his voice stands out as one of the most unique and melodic I've ever heard. I highly recommend this album to any country fan. This was his first and arguably his best album, though I also enjoyed his "Sure Love" album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Having just picked up replacement copies of this CD from Amazon, I decided to do a short review and describe what it is about Hal Ketchum and his music that does keep his fans going back for new copies, extra copies, anything he has recorded. The man is talented, the songs are great and a hundred times more country than anything playing on the video channels and radio nowadays, and every song doesn't sound like the last one. I recently heard a CD by a 'country ' singer that literally had almost entire phrases repeated from song to song...this music tells stories, and alot of them. From the title song meaning something different to different listeners - "Am I past the point of rescue? Is no word at all from you the best that you can do?" -- the 'you', in Ketchum's searing musical cry, could be a woman, a religion, even Life itself, to the hymn-like "Long Day Comin'" ("Close your eyes, you got a long day comin', your mama will be callin', that old rooster will crow"), the listener is hearing stories that will remain with them long after the popular junk of today has blurred into wordless static. The two beforementioned songs, along with "I Miss My Mary Tonight" are my favorites on the CD, but there is not a filler on the album. "Long Day" was one of my son's favorite lullabies, and he now is 22 and towers over me, but when he hears it coming through the speakers, he'll stop what he's doing, sit down and say, "Wow, that's a song, Mom." People often ask why George Jones, Merle Haggard, Emmylou Harris and so many of the other real country royalty cannot get played on tv or radio - Johnny Cash had to die for people to realize what they had just lost -, and I've got to tell you, I have every belief that Hal is future royalty, which means you'll probably have to always hunt his music down. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Music
Smoothing, heartfelt music.
Published 1 month ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars I fell in love with him and his voice and his "stories" all ...
I think this was the first Hal Ketchum recording I bought years ago on cassette. I hadn't heard it for years until now on CD. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. L. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Rescue
I finally decided to buy this CD after all these years. I got an incredible price, the CD was in perfect condition and arrived on time. No problems at all.
Published 4 months ago by Randall G. Tutterow
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Hal Ketchum
I love this album but I had it on tape. So HAD to get it on CD.
(I don't want to write more words)
Published 10 months ago by elena williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Hal's my pal
After all the health problems he's had he is back to touring and I couldn't be more pleased. It's good to have a few Hal classics in the collection. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Gene M. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I love this CD--like every song on the album--Hal Ketchum has a very unique voice and I like the whole thing--great buy!
Published 19 months ago by Leah Kludt
5.0 out of 5 stars another top album
some beautiful tracks on this album, most notably old soldiers. IT HAS BECOME A STAPLE SONG ON OUR GIG LIST NOW, AND IS ALWAYS WELL RECEIVED.
Published 21 months ago by Mr R P Coulson
5.0 out of 5 stars iTunes doesn't carry this CD.
I was thrilled to find this! The CD was in good shape when I got it. It was a little scratched but did not skip.
Published 22 months ago by Diana L. Garren
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good cd. Love the older country music. So much cheaper to just buy the album from here and rip it to iTunes rather than get from the itunes store.
Published on October 21, 2012 by John R. Barnes
5.0 out of 5 stars This One Just Never Gets Old
I listened to a lot of country music back in the 90s. Many of my CDs from that era haven't seen the light of day for a long time, but out of all of them this one may just be the... Read more
Published on September 7, 2012 by Doggymcnuggets
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