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NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

Take reassurance in the glory of the moment and the forever promise of tomorrow.
Surely there is light beyond the darkness
As there is dawn after the night.
-James Luther Dickinson
11.15.41- 08.15.09

I can hear the hills callin' out my name.
Goin up to Heaven for to stake my claim.
Call me by thunder, call me ... Read more in Amazon's North Mississippi Allstars Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Ato Records
  • ASIN: B0000APSMM
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eyes
2. Meet Me In The City
3. The One Thing
4. All Alone
5. Otay
6. Kids These Daze
7. One To Grow On
8. Hard To Please
9. Bad Bad Pain
10. Polaris
11. Time For The Sun To Rise
12. Be So Glad

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With their third album, this blues-rock outfit from the Mississippi hills further transcends their mimicry of the Allman Brothers and home-turf heroes Junior Kimbrough, R.L. Burnside, and Fred McDowell to forge a distinct sound. Sure, the guitars ring even more like the Allmans' with the addition of Burnside's son Duwayne, who harmonizes his six-string with Luther Dickinson's on plenty of tunes. But improved vocal performances and pop-savvy arrangements make numbers like "Eyes," "Kids These Daze," "One to Grow On," and the hip-hop-informed "Be So Glad" ready for rock radio. Happily, the foursome haven't sidestepped their deep blues roots. The late cane fife master Othar Turner appears on "Be So Glad," and they cover Kimbrough's "Meet Me in the City" with all of its original swing and swagger, plus the warm, joyful tone of Dickinson's expert slide playing. "The One Thing," with its roiling acoustic guitar intro and steel-guitar-style string-bending, unfurls like an epic. It evolves from country blues to country rock and then dives into a gently exploratory jazz-blues instrumental passage before returning to its flat-four beat. If this CD gets the attention its well-written songs and fine playing deserve, the Allstars' smart and solid fusion may well become the foundation for a new school of Southern rock. --Ted Drozdowski

Customer Reviews

Come on, this isn't funny anymore.
Travis J Thomas
I appreciate the fact the guys are trying to branch out but they went way past creative and original.
OysterCranium
Shorty and Phantom will continue to get loud plays on my CD player; Polaris will not.
Matthew K. Steele

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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Pollard on June 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I really really wanted to like this album. I read other online reviews for months and each time decided not to buy it. But then I heard samples of the good tracks and finally broke down and bought it. Mistake.
Though about 3 of the tracks are excellent, and another 4 are acceptable, the others are painful. So painful I don't think I can ever listen to this again. I'm not sure who sings Otay, One to Grow On (it will never grow on me that's for sure), Polaris, and Time for the Sun to Shine, but they need to stop singing for this band.
Even though NMA's live shows still rule don't buy this. Just let it go, never think of this album again, unless you like MTV hot tracks and you like canned rap rock with bubbly lyrics.
What happened? Why did I buy this? Refund please?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andi Gisler on September 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Being a big fan the first 2 NMA albums and also having seen them play an amazing (and free!) gig here in Switzerland I must say I'm deeply disappointed. It's not that they're branching out, it's not that they aim at pop success....it's just that there's not one good song on this CD and also no direction or concept. They're trying to sound like Big Star, they got Noel Gallagher sitting in...it doesn't matter, things ain't happening.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Rosinbum on November 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
All I can say of this album is this: I don't like much of it - I REALLY WANT TO and I keep TRYING to like it. I can't even give this album less than 3 stars simply because it's the ALLSTARS but... oh boy.
The thing is, I just saw them play the HOTTEST show that they have ever played here in Seattle (and I've seen them each time they've been up)- it was out here in Ballard at the Tractor which I KNEW would be JUST the place for them to play. The walls, I'm sure, were buldging outside! :D It was AT LEAST as good as the 1st show they played at the Showbox a few years back. AND ..... NONE of the crap from this album was in their 2.5-3 hour set.. it was all ROCKIN. Just a good show with tunes
I'd not heard and they were all FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC.
So take heart NMAS fans, they still know what they're doing - maybe more than ever - don't let em go cuz of this release...
I really do love the opening track "Eyes" and a few others to be honest, but as an album... well.... I'll go see them live again instead. ;)
EDIT EDIT EDIT
I stand corrected - as I listened to this album again recently I realized that MANY of the tunes from this disc were played at the show I mentioned above - but they were GREAT and much longer!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jay on December 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like all jam-bands the CD rarely captures the essence of the band, their live show ability, or their musicianship. There are exceptions to the rule but generally these bands are meant to be seen. This album is a perfect example of that. The Allstars put on a fantastic show but this CD does not reflect their true talents. It is too pop sounding most of the time and when they do let loose it is for too short a period of time. Expanding the repartee is a good thing when you are building off your core strengths. POP is not (thank god) a strength of the Allstars. I'm a big fan of this band and see them every chance I get but this CD is a disappointment and would not be one I would use to introduce someone to them. Either of their pervious CDs is a better choice. Fortunately I have a few live recordings that really capture the bands talent. It is those I will continue to listen to until I see them again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By umtox on August 19, 2004
Format: Audio CD
First, I have to agree with many other reviewers that this band's main strength is their live performances. For your money, you won't see a better show. This CD highlights NMA's ability to cut across several genres. The southern blues rock is there and ever improving. Their writing steadily gets better. Several tracks also have a Brit pop flare featuring the vocalist from Oasis. This is definitely their most experimental album and gets better with each listen. However, vocalist changes and complete genre shifting from track to track lends no flow to the album. That said, one can expect this album to be their breakthrough to a broader audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I now don't understand why it took them 5 additional months to release this crap. I slipped it into the CD player in my car during a road trip and asked my wife to guess who it was. Keep in mind that she has listened to the 1st and 2nd albums about 50 times each, and she has gone to 3 of their live shows. She guessed Loverboy or the Replacements or Jon Bon Jovi. She said that half of the songs sound like opening tracks for a teenage angst movie, e.g. Breakfast Club. I am sharing her thoughts because I practically puked when I first heard this 3rd album, then I erupted in non-stop laughter. If you want a free copy of the CD, my copy is alongside the roard in the desert somewhere between SoCal and Las Vegas. I didn't even feel right giving it to the guy with the "Will Work for Food" sign at the offramp.
Their first album was one of the more interesting and original releases (despite being 80% covers) in 10 years from any band. It was concentrated blues-rock/roots-rock--in some ways they even surpassed the older Allmans--in fact, so much so that Derek Trucks and Greg Allman tried to mimic NMAS's sound in the Allman's Band 2002 release.
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