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Steve RipleyAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (October 22, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Audium Entertainment
  • ASIN: B00006GOA9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #297,070 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Gone Away
2. Night Time Lover
3. Too Many Borderlines
4. Mr. Jingle Jangle
5. Sweetheart Town
6. Oklahoma Blues
7. Down, Down (I Don't Believe You)
8. The Round And Round
9. No Depression (In Heaven)
10. Crossing Over

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! Album of the Year, 2002!! December 20, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If Steve Ripley's Martin D28 is indeed his only friend (as he writes in "Oklahoma Blues," one of ten wonderful songs on this, his latest, self-titled album), he's one of the lucky souls on earth to have such a good, faithful, trusted one. "Ripley" is many incredible things -- an album with actual songs, actual instruments, beautiful recording, soulful singing, easeful jamming, emotional breadth _and_ depth -- but it's easy to miss that it's also a fantastic, understated masterpiece of folk and blues and electric guitar-playing.
The playing and the mix almost bury the guitar work, but fortunately this is not a loud (i.e. compressed, flashy, show-off, technique-for-technique's sake) album; turn it up and listen closely and you'll hear guitars sing like they rarely seem to be able to do any more.
Steve does seem to have a large circle of warm-hearted friends, though, as each song here features accompaniment from a variety of folks, some known, some not known, all good. It all mixes wonderfully, and takes you back to a time when there was no music industry, just musicians, songwriters and people who like to play and sing -- and are actually good at it.
Almost every song is a classic here, from the deceptively cheerful rock of "Gone Away" to the truly sweet, memorable "Sweetheart Town" (salve for the soul of anyone chasing a dream), to the '50s-ish "Down, Down," to the gospel apocalypse of "The Round and Round." Most are Ripley originals, though a heart-rending performance of the '30s classic "No Depression (In Heaven)" points in a direction Steve could take a whole album with powerful result (it doesn't hurt that the next -- original -- song after holds up amazingly well alongside).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about "time"..... November 2, 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you're old enough to know that Tim McGraw did not invent country music then this album ( yeah... if you know what an album WAS ) is something you owe to yourself for having to endure the pap and pablum that seeps out of CMT and your kid's favorite "country" radio station. RIPLEY is the "real deal". The good news is that Steve Ripley has stopped dragging his heels behind his tractor and decided to hoe a whole 'nuther row ! The bad news is , after listening to this ALBUM you're gonna think he's been reading your mail !! He'll smack you right 'tween the eyes and make you ENJOY it. Reality is one hell of a concept as Robin Williams said. Well, Steve Ripley says it with a shuffle and a thump and thud and twang. "Too Many Borderlines" alone is worth the price of admission. "Gone Away" ...well, you can relive your own memories . Nuff said. "Sweetheart Town" , is a gem for sure. One final thought... If you're reading this then you obviously had the good sense to seek out a chance to find good music. To you I say, Buy this ALBUM...turn it up LOUD, enjoy YOURSELF and and let your kids wonder why YOU'RE smiling for a change. "RIPLEY" is a real keeper...Treat yourself !!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ripley...A little known gem. March 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who like the tractors and their style of music, this album does not have the same upbeat, toetapping rhythm, but is an ablum that truly captures the suberb singing talent of their lead singer. The songs and style of music contained on the album is uplifting, inspiring and truly a delight to listen to; and like the songs on each one of the tractors' ablums, there's not a sleeper in the bunch, each song a gem in itself. The album is truly a hidden gem that shouldn't be missed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it! October 27, 2002
By Sher K
Format:Audio CD
Check out this CD. It's a good thing.........
Gone Away, Sweetheart Town and Mr. Jingle Jangle are my
favorites. A great addition to your CD collection.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album Of The Year? October 30, 2002
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Forget the innovative retro country licks that made the Tractors the band of the year a while back, this Steve Ripley solo album (his first, by the way)is the stuff that careers are cemented in. Ripley takes the Tractors vibe to the next level and adds a personified dose of his own concoction to make this both foot tapping and hum worthy while pulling at your heartstrings all the while.
If "Gone Away", cowritten with Tim DuBois, isnt a hit,there is no justice. The shuffle laden melody churns out a whos-who of things gone by and Ripley reminisces all the while to a steller backing by ace musicains who themselves are a whos-who of rocks grand past.
Theres not a dog in this collection, though some stand out above the rest. "Night Time Lover", "Oklahoma Blues" and "Crossing Over" are all instant classics in this oft neglected realm.
In the opener, Ripley laments "All the good stuff-gone away" Luckily, thats not entirely true. We still have Steve Ripley
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still 5 stars. Too bad it's discontinued February 7, 2009
By R-D
Format:Audio CD
This is actually one of two discontinued albums of 2002 that i never got the chance to buy. I still will give it 5 stars though because i know i would have loved this album had i had the chance to buy it.

Too bad it's discontinued. But i do hope to find this album either used or "last chance" unused sometime in the future so i can listen to it.

Once again 5 stars.
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