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Tales of the New West

Beat FarmersAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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In August, 1983, a yet-to-be-named band begins to played a series of unannounced dates at the Spring Valley Inn. For a case of Bud Light, the band got the name the "Beat Farmers". In January, 1984, the BFers began playing Bodies, a dive bar in San Diego. By March, they were signed to Rhino Records for a one album deal. Armed with a $4000 budget, they recorded "Tales Of The New ... Read more in Amazon's Beat Farmers Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rhino Handmade
  • ASIN: B0002235GW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #362,841 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bigger Stones
2. There She Goes Again
3. Reason to Believe
4. Lost Weekend
5. California Kid
6. Never Goin' Back
7. Goldmine
8. Showbiz
9. Lonesome Hound
10. Where Do They Go
11. Selfish Heart
12. Happy Boy
13. Powderfinger
14. Death Train
15. Beat Generation
16. Glad 'N' Greasy
17. Delayed Reaction
18. Big Rock Candy Mountain
19. Road of Run [Demo [Demo Version]
20. Gun Sale at the Church [#][Demo Version]
See all 28 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

San Diego's Beat Farmers put the bar in bar band. Led by singing drummer Country Dick Montana, they barreled beer-long through roots-rock originals and wide-ranging covers -- everything from Chuck Berry to The Velvet Underground to Merle Haggard. This exp

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "real" Best of the Beat Farmers September 9, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I can't imagine how many times I have seeked, "beat farmers", in search engines, in vain hope that I might find "Tales of the New West" on cd. I had over ten years of only finding it on ebay where it would be selling for $25 or more. This is the true best of the Beat Farmers. If there is anyway for you to buy this cd now, buy it now! I had the privilege of seeing the Farmers many times in the Eighties and early Nineties, so I am sure this has skewed my love for this album and band.

It is almost twenty-years-old now and it does more than stand up. It still falls down and spills beer all over you. I listen to "Tales" almost on a weekly basis. Up to this cd release, all I had was the vinyl and a cassette recorded off my old turntable that played everything just a bit too fast. Even my off-speed recording was a treasure to me. Alt-country is all over the place now, but the Farmers were there when folks that wanted rock hated country and folks that wanted country hated rock. Yet, the Farmers still managed their way through it all in a brazen, beer swillin' and spillin' style that changed my life.

R.I.P. Country Dick
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indescribably delicious January 18, 2000
Format:Audio CD
You will like this album, but only if you like rock and roll songs about laughing at dead dogs in drawers and about waking up hungover and newly married and about the old west and about gettin' even with the woman what dumped ya. When anthropologists a thousand years from now point to this album as the major turning point in western civilization, you'll want to be able to them you understand why. Plus which, this will put "Green Acres" in a whole new light.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best band in America March 25, 1999
Format:Audio CD
My introduction to the Beat Farmers was hearing a ditty called Happy Boy in 1987. Interesting but just a novelty.
A year later the band was touring and came through town. I went, and was truly thrilled to hear something in the band's sound that had been lost to poular music in the decade preceding their show. ROCK AND ROLL! All caps, beer, sweat, no posing, no haircuts. Not metal mind you but honest, ballsy throwback rock. Played extraordinarily well and thoughfully. Piercing harmonies and twin lead guitars were the ID's of this band.
Calling on Springsteen for one song and their own talents as writers for most of the rest, this album paints pictures of maturity and yearning to rival The Boss himself. The difference, you could still catch these guys in a club instead of an arena.
Then there's Country Dick Montana the group's drummer and story teller. The aformentioned Happy Boy is pure Country Dick. Askew but not psycho. His entries on the album include a whacked out western, a Rod McKuen sendup and of course the "ditty". You've got to hear them.
Tragedy struck this group in 1997 when Country Dick was felled by an aneurysm while performing in Vancouver. Our loss. But the groups records live on to provide some of the finest rock and roll of the last twenty years. Get it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential seminal San Diego music July 14, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
A gem from the southlands of California, the driving guitars and spirited percussion on TOTNW pays musical homage to a bacchanalian, devil may care attitude that can only be achieved by spending far too many hours in San Diego.
However, there is more to this fine album beyond just songs about drinking too much and waking up with a mysterious bedmate (Lost Weekend), the perils of wayward dog ownership [the classic Happy Boy] and nostalgia for rapidly vanishing youth (Bigger Stones, Where Do They Go?). New West also features energetic cover versions of Lou Reed's "There She Goes Again," Bruce Springsteen's final track from Nebraska, the thoughtful "Reason To Believe," as well as the late Country Dick Montana's twisted, spaghetti western psychodrama "California Kid." Anyone who ever had the good fortune to see this band live should already have this album, and those who sadly missed the chance to do so should pick it up, turn it up lou! ! d, and become inspired to do things they might regret later. It kicks ass.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Warning: This is the 12-track version January 26, 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Amazon may have corrected the songlist by the time you see this review, but for weeks leading up to its release, Amazon listed this reissue of the Beat Farmers' first record as featuring four bonus tracks from the "Glad N' Greasy" EP, which would have made for a nice 16-track compilation. Unfortunately, my copy arrived today with just the 12 tracks from the original incarnation of "Tales of the New West."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
5 stars for the original release -- and 5 more for the Rhino reiussue. Amazon needs to stock it, and don't settle for less. The reissue has 28 tracks including some brilliant live performances from the Spring Valley Inn and other unreleased material. The sound is improved over the original and there's not an ounce of filler. This is the definitive Beat Farmers collection. (And no, I'm not with the band!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Debut by Classic Band, with Extras June 23, 2008
Format:Audio CD
The "Expanded" Tales is lightening in a bottle. This is the best music put out by the best American band to come out of the 1980's, period. This roots/rockabilly/protopunk group of San Diego music scene stalwarts were together for only two full-length discs and an EP, and here are most of the best cuts from all three. The late Buddy Blue, in particular, shines on such rockabilly gems as his 'Goldmine', 'Lonesome Hound', 'Lost Weekend', and the great 'Gun Sale at the Church', included in a demo version here that is as good as the version on the group's excellent 'Van Go' album. His singing and guitar licks are matched by Jerry Raney's harder rocking edge on 'Selfish Heart', and the wistful 'Where Do They Go'. This would be a must-have without the six cuts from the EP "Glad n Greasy", which include the superb Blue title cut, the best cover of Neil Young's 'Powderfinger' ever done, and two other great cuts, 'Delayed Reaction' and 'Death Train'. The late Country Dick Montana is in full, booming voice on cut after cut as well-his best moments being the hilarious 'California Kid' and 'Beat Generation'. The addition of several cuts from the group's live demo album at the end are cream on top of this prize. If you get this disc and don't come away convinced that Blue was one of the best rockabilly songwriters and slide guitarists of the time, Raney one of the rock guitarists ever, and Montana an all-time great entertainer, you need to look for your music soul.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Their Best Studio Album
Their first, and still their best studio album in my opinion. Contains "Happy Boy" (some reviewers said it didn't), among their other classics. Read more
Published on May 2, 2012 by kyle morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid, Serious and Silly Roots Rock Classic
While the general public were listening to Lionel Richie and Madonna (not that there's anything wrong with that) in '85, the indie few were digging into the record store racks for... Read more
Published on May 12, 2011 by Starship Trooper
5.0 out of 5 stars No Bonus Tracks
Despite the track listing on the Amazon website, this re-issue does not actually include Bonus Tracks 13-16. Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars 1st release still the best
From the Paul Kamanski penned opener "Bigger Stones" through a killer Lou Reed cover, originals and a couple of very amusing Country Dick vignettes, this is the Beat Farmers album... Read more
Published on March 14, 2010 by Daniel T. Irwin
5.0 out of 5 stars Country Dickless but never forgotten
1st song I heard was California Kid on a college radio station, took me weeks to find out who they were. Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by AntonSuga
5.0 out of 5 stars Long, lost, but not forgotten
This album simply rocks! All the way through. I had the great fortune to be a regular at Bodie's [World Famous Dive Bar]. The Beat Farmers were regulars on the stage. Read more
Published on April 23, 2008 by BodiesPizza
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Beaten path
Beat Farmers were in the tradition of hard working bar bands that almost made it BIG, like Springsteen Van Halen B52s Doors Beatles

whoops! Those bands did.. Read more
Published on February 18, 2008 by Robert S. Estes
3.0 out of 5 stars Be Aware Of New Release
I was glad to actually get my hands on a new copy of this CD after my original casette tape bit the dust. Read more
Published on July 26, 2004 by J. Hanson
4.0 out of 5 stars The one to own, period.
The Beat Farmers initial outing is also their best. With good novelity tunes and hilarious drummer/vocalist Country Dick Montana, the Farmers mix of comedy,country and punk went... Read more
Published on October 2, 2002 by Andy Groomhan
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