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  • Audio CD (August 23, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Surfdog/Weapons of Mass Entertainment/Razor and Tie
  • ASIN: B004XIDQVA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. So Long Ago
2. Beast Called Fame
3. Magic In The Blues
4. All Messed Up (featuring Martina McBride)
5. Stevie Baby
6. Cheaper Than Free (featuring Stevie Nicks)
7. The Gypsy Girl and Me
8. One Way Ticket To The Moon (featuring The Secret Sisters)
9. Bulletproof Vest (featuring Colbie Caillat)
10. Worth The Waiting For
11. The Well
12. Country Wine (featuring The Secret Sisters)
13. Can't Get You Out of my Head

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Writer, producer, artist and co-founder of Eurythmics, Blackbird Diaries is Dave Stewart's first solo album of new material in over a decade. With an American flare and rooted in rock, country, and blues, Blackbird Diaries is in the vein of recent releases by Neil Young masterful recordings mixed with rich and detailed lyrics. Material features co-writes with Bob Dylan and with Stevie Nicks as well as duets with Stevie Nicks, Martina McBride, Colbie Caillat and several tracks featuring The Secret Sisters.

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It is one of the cds still in my changer in the car.
Knif Noj
On the final cut, "Can't Get You Out of My Head," Dave rocks out (hey hey hey!
Thomas E. Davis
Strongly recommend this CD - interesting country rock like music.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Davis TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2011
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And now for something completely different: rock veteran Dave Stewart pays tribute to American music with a timeless collection of original songs recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville. They feature wailing pedal steel, keening organ, female backing vocals, and Stewart's agreeably raspy voice. "The Blackbird Diaries" is an unadulterated pleasure: bluesy, rootsy, and rocking. It deservedly won rave reviews in the UK, where the CD came out in June. It's eclectic and bountiful and authentic, Dave's best-ever solo release.

On the first cut, "So Long Ago," he namechecks the late, great country blues artists Jessie Mae Hemphill and Mississippi John Hurt as well as the Rolling Stones; that should give you the flavor of the first three tracks. Like Keith Richards and Bob Dylan (a blues number, "Beast Called Fame," is positively Dylanesque), Stewart was deeply influenced by the music of the Delta. "Magic in the Blues" offers similar devotion, briefly evoking the sounds of Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf.

Growing out of the British tradition, Stewart had many of the same influences as Eric Clapton and Mark Knopfler, whom he emulates more than once on this recording. But he's not stuck in the past. He also sings with several popular women, both old pros and newcomers, who help leaven the album and broaden its appeal.

He's joined by Martina McBride on "All Messed Up," a contemporary country ballad; The Secret Sisters on "One Way Ticket to the Moon," which could have easily come from a Dire Straits disc; and Colbie Caillat on "Bulletproof Vest," a song suffused with regret.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on October 7, 2011
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Dave Stewart has proven a jack of all trades over the years, working with numerous musicians across many genres of popular music. Truth be told, and you have to admit it, his best work was with Annie Lennox as the Eurythmics. He was firing on all cylinders then, making pop music history.

In 1990, he embarked on a solo career beginning with "Dave Stewart And The Spiritual Cowboys" and the song "Party Town" as featured in the mediocre film "Flatliners". The album was good, and a nice, if not entirely different, step out on his own musically. I own all of his solo albums, and I listened to all of them prior to listening to "The Blackbird Diaries", his fifth studio solo album, and his first since 1998's "Sly-Fi".

I see the few handful of reviewers here gush over "The Blackbird Diaries", but I'm here to temper their enthusiasm with some reality. The reality being that Dave Stewart, a Brit, has gone to Nashville, Tennessee, gathered a crop of homegrown musicians, and put together an album of country/blues tracks in The Blackbird Studios there. At the same time, he produced a relatively good Stevie Nicks album earlier this year (her first in a decade) "In Your Dreams", not that different in sound than his "The Blackbird Diaries".

After the release of "The Blackbird Diaries" he was involved in supergroup SuperHeavy (Dave Stewart, Mick Jagger, Damien Marley, A.R. Rahman & Joss Stone) which dropped their debut "SuperHeavy" a month later. This has been quite the year for Dave. Three high profile gigs, but "The Blackbird Diaries" is the weakest.

That's not to say that this album is bad, it's just rather boring compared to Dave's more adventurous earlier works.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robin Barr on August 25, 2011
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This is one of the best if not best efforts I have heard so far this year. Not a clunker on the whole CD. This might be a career defining moment for Dave Stewart and unless something better comes along should definetly scoop up a Grammy ( or two!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Thomas A. Trent on March 4, 2013
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One of my favorite albums of 2011, why did we have to wait so long to hear Stewart's soulful, earthy voice. The duet with Stevie Nicks, not to mention all the other beautiful collaborations on this album are not to be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bo B T on December 21, 2012
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I was vaguely familiar with Dave Stewart then I saw the Ring Master & Black Bird Diaries on TV and I had to have these two CDs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Olivia Bishar on August 24, 2011
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This is one of those albums that tells a story. Dave Stewart has done an amazing job with this most recent solo effort. The beautiful guitar and melodies blend together to make a gorgeous backdrop to image provoking lyrics. Job VERY well done!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joe Harrison on August 24, 2011
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this album has an authentic roots feel and is a reminder that Dave Stewart knows how to craft a fantastic album. great guitar work by ace session guitarist Tom Bukovac as well as some powerful duets with the likes of Stevie Nicks and Martina McBride. don't miss out on this one. 5 stars
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Kesler on November 28, 2012
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You know what they say about the good songs, "They sound like you've known them forever, but you just can't place them." And such is the case with The Blackbird Diaries, an album that's gonna surprise you on more levels than you could possibly expect. Rumor has it that Dave, while searching out a new guitar came upon one that tickled his fancy, and laced within the vintage guitar's case where scripted Nashville style songs and lyrics that had been sitting there patiently for the last fifty years or so. Now I can't say if Dave lifted any of those tunes, but they certainly inspired him to create a Nashville Country Bluesy sort of production that's been nothing short of sweet music to my ears for several days now.

Blackbird Diaries, recorded in Nashville, is smooth and flawless, containing every conceivable hook you could imagine, except when you're hearing them, you don't feel like you're being taken for a ride, every song sounds genuine, real, smooth, and from the heart. It's also been said that the whole deal, words, music, and recording was laid down in just five days, with the likes of Colbie Caillat, Martina McBride, Stevie Nicks, and the Secret Sisters riding shotgun, supporting, but not influencing the outcome.

I've been listening to Dave Stewart since his work with The Tourists, followed by his success with Annie Lennox and The Eurythmics, then The Spiritual Cowboys to name but a few of the bands he's played with, and I tell you true, Dave's voice has never sounded better, stronger, more effortless, or younger, where he channels visions of Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, and others that I've yet to place. Blackbird Diaries is one of the most pleasing adventures I've had in a very long time ... sure to knock back the rocker and the crooner in all of us.

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