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Tales of the West


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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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  • Audio CD (August 24, 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B000008DAV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #873,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Dean Stogsdill on 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 By Spencer K. Stephens on 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 By asash@msn.com on 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 By A Customer on July 14, 1998
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 By Edward Oconnell on 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 By A Customer on April 17, 2004
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 By Frank A. Kocher on 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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