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Poet Game

Greg BrownAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 20, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B000001BAA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,852 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still leaves me stunned February 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I've worked as a backup musician for years, and tend to be a somewhat cynical judge of songwriters. I flinch easily. But when I heard "My New Book" from The Poet Game on NPR one day, I had to stop and stay in my car until it was done. Simply his best work overall, with nary a misstep or excessively sentimental turn. "64 Dodge" is a masterpiece - it talks about nothing and says everything. Yes, yes. This is the stuff.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Blood on the Tracks, Think Living With Ghosts August 22, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
One of the best albums, ever. The songs all stand alone and all stand together. An album that's all regional and all universal. Bob Dylan probably fantasizes that he is Greg Brown. Although I am not particularly partial to the singer/songwriter genre, some albums just shine through all the navel lint and this one certainly does just that.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two best cd's by Brown July 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I prefered Dream Cafe to this one, but only slightly. With these two cd's Brown is at the top of new folk music, and the singer songwriters revival. Great music and great lyrics. You ow these two cd's to yourself after a hard day's work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album June 29, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
Greg's unbelievable songwriting gets placed on a pedestal with this album. He put his heart and soul into this album and it shows. With the title track he opens his life to his listeners and lets them feel what it is like to live his life. Of course it wouldn't be a Greg Brown album without a little fun so in walks Boomtown. The cynical views take on a lightness that pounds his message in even further while your toe taps rhythmically. Great work.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best thing I've heard in years December 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The first Greg Brown album I owned, and it didn't take long to get me hooked. Layers upon layers of poetry, gorgeous tunes, and an unmistakable, masterful delivery. The disc is worth buying for "Driftless" alone - it's amazing, it's like a hymn, I want it played at my funeral - but that doesn't do justice to the rest of the album. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful May 22, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is my all-time favorite album.Sad,moving,personal.Brand New 64 Dodge,and One Wrong Turn are standouts on a standout album.Bo Ramseys guitar is the perfect compliment to Gregs lyrics.Greg is in my opinion one of the absolute best artits recording,and this record tops them all.Buy it!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poet's Game, Indeed October 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The first two paragraphs have been used in other reviews of folk musician/singer/songwriter Greg Brown's work.

Greg Brown is a particular kind of folk singer who before I listened to his "Greg Brown-The Live One " album reviewed elsewhere in this space I had not really paid attention to since the days of my early youth when I listened intently to Woody Guthrie whose songs were seemingly forged from the very heart of Americana. As a child of the urban folk revival of the 1960's I got caught up in listening to the more political message songs provided by the likes of Bob Dylan or Phil Ochs. As a poet/singer/songwriter Greg has come out of the heartland of America, like Woody, in a fury to write and sing his tales of love, remembrance, tragedy, desperation and, on occasion, just pure whimsy. He is thus in very good company, and belongs there.

His songs evoke, under more modern conditions to be sure, the days gone by when the community spirit of small town life meant something. A strong bass voice grainy with the trials and tribulations of life lend authenticity to his words, as does strong guitar playing when necessary. Needless to say the variety of topics covered in his songs speak for themselves from Grandma's food cellars to vanishing Iowa family farms to sweaty nights of lovemaking entwined with the up and down battles of love and, of course, the ubiquitous bouts of fishing that gain more than a nod in his albums.

Outstanding here, although the whole album from start to finish is probably the highest quality that Greg attains in one album, are the lyrically rich title track "the poet game", the seamy, steamy `ballingall hotel", the nicely counterpoised (maybe) "jesus and elvis", the elusiveness of "my new book", and "driftless". As always Greg is on top when singing about the seamy side of life, love and the mysteries of human existence out in the heartland.
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4.0 out of 5 stars going driftless August 23, 2008
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Returning to the shed from a first sea kayaking experience on Alaska's Inner Passage, I was greeted by the voice of Greg Brown, soon interpreted by the enthusiastic commentary of my kayaking guide. I resolved that I would come to know this singer as a living souvenir of the kayaking thing. `Soon as I could, I ordered THE POET GAME rather at random from Brown's prodigious menu of recordings.

Shades of the Man in Black come through in Brown's the astonishing low range of Brown's understated vocals. Better still, his song-writing is top-drawer stuff. It oozes authenticity, manouvers on the kind of observations a man can stand by, rings true.

A certain pokey humor--the kind that takes the mickey out of city folks and their pretensions without actually disliking them--flavors Greg Brown's art. He's not out to change the world or shatter champagne glasses with high C's. He just wants to tell a story. Maybe two, always as he sees it.

They, again, ring true. One after another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a knock-out
This is not the best Greg Brown album I've ever heard, but I've never heard a Greg Brown album I didn't like and didn't keep.
Published 20 months ago by Jon Mcauliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg is always great!
OK so I'm almost a Greg Brown groupie. This is a fantastic CD. If you don't have it, order it today.
Published on March 15, 2010 by Kendra A. Kinney
5.0 out of 5 stars splendorous
sublime commentary from america's best folksinger. no filler, no fluff, just a blindingly original collection that ends with a flourish of brilliance. Read more
Published on August 5, 2009 by blues_punk
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart and Humor
Sounding like a cross between Tom Waits and Lyle Lovett, Iowa's Greg Brown sounds like a true grandmaster of the poet game, a bard with vision, heart, and humor. Read more
Published on July 6, 2009 by Karl W. Nehring
5.0 out of 5 stars yes, tunes for our times
This, my first Greg album, is still my sentimental favorite, with lyrical passages that still surprise and move me. Read more
Published on December 24, 2001 by Bryan Pearson
5.0 out of 5 stars the poet game
the poet game is a wonderfully executed cd the fidelity is excelent and the lyrics only describe Greg Brown as not only a musician but apoet as well.
Published on July 30, 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Sensitivity and strength
Listening to this is like sitting next to a tough-looking guy in a bar and having him pour out a heartbreaking story. Read more
Published on July 9, 1999
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