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Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes [Import]

Cowboy JunkiesAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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"Our problem isn't a dearth of ideas, but rather a surplus," says Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies. "For the first time, we are completely free of any recording contracts and obligations. We find ourselves writing and recording more than we have in years, our studio feels more and more like home, and the band now has twenty-five years under the hood and is sounding so darn ... Read more in Amazon's Cowboy Junkies Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 1, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: MSI:LATENT
  • ASIN: B00000J6Z4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,346 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Saw Your Shoes
2. Five Room Love Story
3. Sad To See The Season Go
4. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
5. Love's Still There
6. To Lay Me Down
7. A Few Simple Words
8. River Waltz
9. Leaving Normal
10. The Water Is Wide

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Product Description

A collection of rare and never previously released recordings.

Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes marks the rebirth of Latent Recordings, the label created by the Cowboy Junkies to release their first two landmark albums, Whites Off Earth Now!! and The Trinity Session. Though they've already released a best-of package--Cowboy Junkies: Studio--this is somehow a more fitting tribute to the particular and peculiar vision of the Junkies' music. Comprised of one-offs, rare tracks, and lost demos culled from a decade of recording, it features all the elements that produce Cowboy Junkies junkies. They've never strayed far from their trademark formula, playing stripped-to-the-bones, kinda rockish, kinda countryish, kinda bluesy songs at a somnambulant pace and at room temperature. Even when they get a bit noisy, as on "I Saw Your Shoes," it's a sparse noise, made more by volume than by density. Part of what the Junkies have always done best is applying their aesthetic to songs lifted from others' fakebooks, and their rollicking run-through of Bob Dylan's "If You Gotta Go, Go Now" and their slow-as-molasses lope through Jerry Garcia's "To Lay Me Down" stand among the album's highlights. And there's always the pleasure of Margo Timmons's distinctive voice, which carries much of the Junkies' appeal. Somehow she manages to sound both distant and intimate, kind of like a drowsy lover. Everything she sings sounds as if it's recorded in a vast, dark, and empty room, and she makes the most of it on "River Waltz" and "Sad to See the Season Go"--both lovely, lovely songs. If these are indeed the Cowboy Junkies' castoffs, it proves they're a band that can do no wrong. --Tod Nelson

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OPUS EIGHT February 23, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Last Cowboy Junkies recording to date, RARITIES, B-SIDES AND SLOW, SAD WALTZES will not deceive the fans of the canadian band. First song of the CD, " I Saw Your Shoes " has got the fastest tempo you will ever find in a song of the Cowboy Junkies, it's a rock song and Margo Timmins... rocks. Second surprise of the album, Bob Dylan's " If You Gotta Go, Go Now ! " . Hear the only drum solo of Peter Timmins in the CJ career. OK, it lasts only three seconds and reminded me of the unvaluable efforts of another discreet drummer - Ringo Starr - but it's worth hearing.
Like in MILES FROM OUR HOME, their precedent recording, there is an hidden song at the end of the album. Let run your player after the tenth track " The Water Is Wide " and, after 30 seconds, you will hear Bruce Springsteen's " My Father's House " sung by Margo and.... the rest of the band for the last seconds. A curiosity.
The album presents a smart mixture of songs of the early period of the Band - the slow ones - and of the post LAY IT DOWN years - the not so slow ones -. Released after a relatively deceiving MILES FROM OUR HOME, RARITIES, B-SIDES AND SLOW, SAD WALTZES marks the end of 15 years of great music and I can only hope that the Cowboy Junkies will be able to offer us new musical trips as fascinating as those they have already released.
A CD for your library.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite disk September 16, 2002
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I'll be blunt: this is the best disk I've ever purchased, and some of the finest music I've ever heard. Every song on it is a winner. I bought this disk back in 1999 and still 3 years later find myself pulling it out to get a 'fix'. Simply excellent music.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Can't Seem to Take it Off the CD PLayer March 13, 2000
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Before listening I assumed this collection would be true to it's title. B-sides are there for a purpose after all. But it is so good it has turned into one of my favorite Junkies albums. There is a hopefulness to this collection sometimes missing from the studio albums. And I sense a more upbeat attitude. Not that I don't love the melancholy of the other albums, that's what drew me to the Junkies. But this is such a nice change of pace, when I always play it I can't help but get into a good mood, no matter what. This does prove Cowboy Junkies can do no wrong. Definitely worth the effort!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FANTASTIC ALBUM! August 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
As an album of rarities and b-sides,this album, IMHO, ranks up there with the Junkies' other great albums, "THE TRINITY SESSIONS," "BLACK-EYED MAN," and "PALE SUN, CRESCENT MOON." The album is a celebration of all the makes the Junkies' music great; melancholy (5 Room Love Story, To Lay Me Down), haunting (Sad to See The Season Go); rollicking (If You Gotta Go and I Saw Your Shoes), and just downright gorgeous (The Water is Wide and the unnamed Track 11). For anyone who fancies themselves an appreciator of music, this album belongs in your music collection right beside your BEATLES, WHO, PINK FLOYD and whomever else you consider great. For true Junkies junkies, this album is a necessity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! July 17, 1999
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What an album! As usual, the high emotion, caressing melodies and playful alternatives reinforce the incredible talent of the band. I was lucky enough to have the chance to hear several of the songs from the album live under the stars at a winery in California; seeing the intensity and love they felt for the songs only served to foster my appreciation for the album all the more. I love the way they can touch on the "sads" and "happies" of life in one song, reminding us that things are not always black and white, but a little from the whole spectrum. Beautiful!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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With "Rarities, B-Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes," the Cowboy Junkies take their fans on a trip back to the sound the group had years ago.
"I Saw Your Shoes" has a nice, grungy guitar track, but most of these songs could easily have fit on "The Trinity Sessions" or "The Caution Horses." Lyrically speaking, "Rarities" has a few clunkers, and there are a couple of tunes that understandably hit the cutting room floor from other sessions. However, there are also some wonderful gems in this package. "Sad to See the Season Go" has a beautiful melody to it, and "A Few Simple Words" is as fresh and sincere as "Anniversary Song" off of "Pale Sun, Crescent Moon." Other highlights include "Love's Still There" and "River Waltz." And "Leaving Normal" is one of the best things Michael Timmins has ever written. The finest feature about this band, however, remains the cool but passionate voice of Margo Timmins, who manages to make even the occasional awkward turn of phrase sound heartfelt and real. Praise Margo! Long may the Junkies live.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from the Junkies July 7, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
A new release from Cowboy Junkies is always eagerly anticipated, but the "Rarities" collection is a particularly fine CD. It is hard to believe that these tracks did NOT make it on to previous CD's for whatever the reason; there isn't a loser among them. Margo's voice--as always--sounds angelic. The variety of the tracks is another great aspect of this CD. "I Saw Your Shoes" gets the CD off to a rocking start; while the traditional "The Water Is Wide" closes the CD on a melancholy note--but not really, as there is an unlisted eleventh track that also stands out. I must confess: I like this even more than the Junkies last Geffen release. However, as this CD proves, Cowboy Junkies create better, more satifying music than most other groups ever even hope to release. This CD is in my personal top ten.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique CD.
We are big Cowboy Junkies fans and this is a unique addition to our collection of their CDs. Title is in true Junkies style and very descriptive.
Published 2 days ago by Marsha and Roger
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Hard to hear words bad acoustices
Published 2 months ago by Yvonne Nelon
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Songs
I loved the Cowboy Junkies from The Trinity Sessions on. Rarities, B Sides and Slow, Sad Waltzes is a beautiful collection. Originally, I bought it for River Waltz. Read more
Published 13 months ago by beth reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans of The Trinity Session days.
My first introduction to Cowboy Junkies was The Trinity Session album, and I was immediately swept the mood, the smooth mellow sound of Margo Timmins' voice. Read more
Published on January 30, 2012 by N. Krumpe
4.0 out of 5 stars The Water is Wide
The track, "The Water is Wide", is worth the purchase price of the entire disk. The other tracks are good, but not stellar.


Published on February 22, 2006 by Robert Glen Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I have most of the Cowboy Junkies CDs and this one is my very favorite! I can listen to these songs over and over and never get tired of them. This is the best of the Junkies. Read more
Published on October 28, 2005 by LuvsBooksNMusic
5.0 out of 5 stars Proving once again that b-sides are more than a worthy buy
It's toned down, relaxed, and minimally produced. It's like having the band in your house for a jam session, and contains some of their best tracks.
Published on June 6, 2003 by Falawful-314
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy music
Very good music for Sunday morning. slow to medium tempo. the lead singer has a very nice soothing voice.
Published on June 1, 2001 by Sharrey Kalbus
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely "have to have" - always love the Junkies
I've been a Junkies fan since a friend almost forced me to listen to "Trinity Session" I've needed no forcing ever since! Read more
Published on August 14, 1999
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