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Planet of Love
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Audio, Cassette, November 26, 1991
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I own most all of Jim's CDs and collaberations (Ralph Stanley / Donna the Buffalo)and go back this warm debut over and over. His vocal emotion and keen ability to turn a clever phrase, bolstered by convincing melody and guest collaberations throughout, make this an indispensable addition to your alt-country / trad-country collections.
Having the ever-reliable Emmylou Harris on board never hurts (in my opinion, no greater harmony vocalist outthere).
To me Jim Lauderdale, Buddy Miller and Dwight Yoakam are the holy trilogy in the C&W section of my extensive CD library.
Not a duff track on the CD and many classic country rockers and ballads.
Spend some time with Jim Lauderdae, you too will want to return to the Planet of Love.
"The King of Broken Hearts" is just a great song (and not at all the schlocky country standard treatment the title suggests), and "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a more up-tempo close second.
The album was co-produced by Rodney Crowell and John Leventhal (one an ex-husband of Rosanne Cash and the other her current husband!), and many of these songs were co-written by Lauderdale and Leventhal. Among the standout tracks are the title cut, "The King of Broken Hearts", and "Where the Sidewalk Ends." But honestly, there's not a dud in the bunch. The quality of these songs is consistently high, mixing equal parts country twang and rock & roll heart, not unlike some of the solo work of Rodney Crowell.
If you are a fan of this prolific singer-songwriter and somehow missed this major label debut, don't delay any longer. After all these years "Planet of Love" still sounds great. The CD version of this album comes with a booklet that includes lyrics to all of the songs and a full lineup of the musicians and guest singers (including Emmylou Harris, Marc Cohn, and Shawn Colvin).
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I can't help but collect the Jim Lauderdale albums. Each one is unique from the others and they are all great.Published on January 30, 2013 by TED
I have been wanting this album for years and I'm really glad it is finally available again. Any fan of Jim Lauderdale will love this earlier album, and listen to it again and... Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Gdeanna