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Poor Man's Dream

Tom RussellAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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  • Audio CD (February 2, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rounder Records
  • ASIN: B0000003TI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,289 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Wing
2. The Heart Of The Working Man
3. Veteran's Day
4. Walkin' On The Moon
5. Outbound Plane
6. Bergenfield
7. Spansih Burgundy
8. Gallo Del Cielo
9. La Frontera
10. Navajo Rug
11. Unfer The Gun
12. The White Trash Song

Editorial Reviews

These songs offer Tom Russell's acute and often poetic observations on the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people the world over, laced with convincing little real-life details, backed by one of the toughest roots-rock bands you'll ever hear. Russell's popular among his fellow songwriters, too: co-writers on this album include Nanci Griffith, Ian Tyson, Dan Zanes (of the Del Fuegos) and Katy Moffatt.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding!!! A Great Album From Start to Finish August 23, 1998
Format:Audio CD
If you are tired of the cookie cutter, assembly line garbage that passes for country music these days, then pick up this CD for a refreshing change. if you are looking for a singer who makes you sit up and pay attention to the lyrics, then this album is a must have. The songs run the gamut emotionally. From tear jerkers such as Blue Wing and Veteran's Day, to foot stomping tunes like Gallo del Cielo this album covers all the bases.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This One's For The Ages! January 5, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I remember working for a country station back in 90-91 south of Boston...we played a fair amount of folkish, traditional country along with the usual stuff (something that'd never be permitted in commercial radio today). Russell was a respected writer by us all, and this album captivated me, then and now.

We played the opener, "Blue Wing" for some time, but our efforts didn't make it any more than a local fave. The CD was not in fact available except by an 800 number. I found my copy in a used shop (sorry, Tom).

But this recording has been one of the few that I play a lot...and I mean a lot! Great songs, some of which went on to better things by others like "Navajo Rug" (Jerry Jeff Walker, though I prefer this one) and "Outbound Plane" (which Suzy Bogguss made a hit out of).

"The Heart of a Working Man" is one of the better anthems to the workers, since "Take This Job and Shove It." "Bergenfield" examines a series of teenage suicides, and "Northern Towns" looks at a tough, uncompromising Northern Canada and a working class man trying to make it through.

"Veterans Day" is one of the best tributes to vets, "Under The Gun" and "Walking On The Moon" two other great songs.

I play this thing to death--Russell remains one of my favorite songwriters, and his gritty voice lends honesty to the work.

Find it, get it, and love it!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listener's Are Richer for Russell's "Poor Man's Dream" November 21, 1999
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Tom Russell's "Poor Man's Dream" was my introduction to the artist several years ago and it remains one of my all-time favorite records. A gifted artist hitting his peak. Personal favorites include "Veteran's Day","Spanish Burgundy", and "Blue Wing". Fans who have since become fans of later albums will enjoy hearing these with the backing of a gifted band. A great intoduction to Russell and a must for die hards.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic December 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Tom Russell's Poor mans dream is an outstanding album. I could name favourite songs off it but i'd just be naming the whole album. no one can hear this and not have a few heart strings tugged at. A mix of amazing lyrics and harmonic melodies make this one of the best ever recorded.
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