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The Evening Call

Greg BrownAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 8, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House Records
  • ASIN: B000GCG600
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,072 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Greg Brown was born in the Hacklebarney section of southeastern Iowa and raised by a family that made words and music a way of life. His seasoned songwriting, storytelling, and music are deeply rooted in that place. He moves audiences with warmth, humor, a thundering voice and his unpretentious musical vision. This 12 track CD is Greg's first new studio recording of original songs in over four years. Recorded and produced in Memphis by renowned roots music master Bo Ramsey.

With a recording career three decades long, one could expect to find someone trapped by the confines of their own yard. Not so with Greg Brown. While he sounds welcome and familiar on his 23rd album, he also continues find new and novel treasures in the forests he roams. His mix of cowboy resonance and existential poetry creates potent songs that sneak up on you, reappearing in the dark silences of night and the squinting brightness of sunrise. His angular narratives are filled with the quest for meaning in the modern world and the desire for connectedness with others, tempered by the knowledge that fractious moments are unavoidable. The accompaniment eschews the communal strumming of his folkie brethren, instead using the swagger one would expect from a set of songs recorded in Memphis. While Brown is marketed as a folk singer, he's actually too soulful to be contained by any one label. --David Greenberger

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In touch with what's real and important August 23, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Greg Brown is a heartland troubador, both literally and metaphorically. Based in southeast Iowa where he grew up, Greg is a strong, deep voice of sanity in a world gone mad. THE EVENING CALL is a powerful set of 12 new songs, featuring Brown's gravelly baritone, acoustic guitar and harmonica along with the reliable accompaniment of Bo Ramsey on electric guitar (plus bass, drums and keyboards). If you've followed Greg Brown over the years, you will have recognized his trajectory toward the slower and lower, closer to the earth, closer to the bone, closer to the heart, closer to what's real and important. THE EVENING CALL takes us the closest yet, grounding us in earthy love and matters of the soul, in the face of the rampant materialism of our spiritually sick society and world.

Four songs stand out in a consistently strong set -- "Cold & Dark & Wet" is the downside, the hell of lovelessness. "Bucket" is the sweet upside, one of the most perfect of Greg's many songs. "Kokomo" is a raunchy cautionary tale about succumbing to worldly temptations. "Whippoorwill" sings of love and devotion. The only number that doesn't do it for me is "Eugene," which isn't a song, but rather a spoken-word rambling ode to camping and fishing across the US of A.

Greg takes his stand in the realm of everday life, rooted in the here and now. That he is all too aware of the wider world is evidenced by "Treat Each Other Right," with the refrain "We got so evil, I feel troubled tonight. This old world brought us all here, so why can't we treat other right." The song concludes with this thought -- "...I'd say we all better pray to each other for forgiveness before we all lose our sanity."

Amen, Greg! And thanks.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars greg brown wine, my brothers and sisters... August 13, 2006
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... better with each and every passing calendar. this man is an ambulatory historical landmark and a cartographer of the truest American heart, no less. that he continues to grow new and sweeter songs while never leaving his particular musical garden only shows that he is authentic, singing and writing and singing what he is. "evening call" is a another beautifully raw piece of work; raw being honest and accurate and lovely to folks with deeper souls and simpler wish lists. if the stark, spurned groove of "cold & dark & wet" does not move you, then heaven help you.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someone to Count On August 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Greg Brown, along with Bo Ramsey, never disappoint. This new recording of all new material takes you to that place, that, in my mind, only Greg Brown can. Down by the river with a fly rod in hand; those intimate moments with a loved one; the description of places that make you want to live the song. Whenever a Greg Brown recording comes out, the only disappointing thing is that I have to wait again until his next release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars National Treasure October 30, 2007
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Greg Brown writes intelligent poetry with a sense of resigned humor that's captivating if you pay close enough attention ("She found a new man on the Internet," he writes. "Wham I'm spam and it's cold and dark and wet.").

But even if you miss a telling detail or two in these story songs, Brown's propulsive guitar playing and voice, which is veering towards a Tom Waits growl on his 23rd album, pulls you along the folk blues tracks. This is a wise, experienced, self-deprecating wit telling tales, pondering the emotional truths of love (a recurring theme on this disc) and our place in time.

The centerpiece is "Eugene," a mostly spoken word travelogue told from the viewpoint of a veteran RV and fisherman pondering where his country has gone. But Brown wisely follows that with two stunners, "Coneville Slough," looking back at an old romance and "Kokomo," a ride out of town that's a descendant of "The Weight." Just to show he's an old softy, Brown ends the disc with "Whippoorwill," a valentine guaranteed to leave a lump in your throat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars in awe November 7, 2007
Format:Audio CD
First song I ever heard by Mr. Greg Brown was on some Montana internet radiostation in august 2006. (I live in Amsterdam/Netherlands).
Had never heard about Greg Brown before. The song was "two little feet", and already when the intro began, I knew it was going to be so damn good.
Immediately afterwards I googled for him, landed at Red House and he had just released "The Evening Call". They played a full version of "Joy Tears" on their site. No words to describe how overwhelming his voice and music are. I really have no idea why he's not a BIG STAR. Immediately ordered "The Evening Call". A treasure.
Hope you will be doing some shows in our sincity one day. Greg, be assured the Amsterdam-crowd will embrace you.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREG BROWN: A NATIONAL TREASURE September 15, 2006
By greg s.
Format:Audio CD
I can't really say anything about the artistry of Greg Brown that has not already been said. Men can love him as much as women, because his often highly poetic lyrics contian as much masculinity as they do truth and sensitivity.

Throughout his body of work, he embraces and/or confronts most everything it means to be a man, and to be human, in this world we all inhabit.

As far as I know, no one does this better, or even equal to, Greg Brown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREG BROWN FOR PRESIDENT! May 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I concur with "autonomeus" - Greg is THE MAN, in touch with the earth, people, fish; he's sounding the pulse of America. Greg's out there, knows what's going on, and cuts out the [...]. This batch of tunes is very, very, good. Typically, artists put the best tune first, then the quality slides downhill; Greg's record starts out good then gets better and better. I especially enjoy "Eugene" and "Kokomo". I won't stretch this review any further - this CD is a real keeper and my word is good.

Greg for President, now there's an engaging thought. He probably wouldn't do it, but he's the kind of fella we need.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Greg Brown's Finest
Okay, I'm a huge Greg Brown enthusiast, but not all of his albums are on my favorite playlists. This one is. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by valkaraya
5.0 out of 5 stars Can it get any better?
I am a huge Greg Brown fan and have all of his recordings but I have to say, this is his very best. I've waited some time before making such a pronouncement because with each new... Read more
Published on October 9, 2010 by G. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars Greg Brown's best
Of all Greg's CDs that I own, this one is my absolute favorite. Every song is great!
Published on November 22, 2009 by B. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars ok, I admit....
that I am a Johnny-come-VERY-lately to Greg Brown. but I have to say that I am soooo happy that I found him, because this CD is flat out amazing!
Published on October 9, 2008 by Eric A. Politzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD and artist
This CD is great. Very dark, thought-provoking, funny and always musical. Greg Brown's voice is truly soulful and deeply rooted in the blues, but his music defies categorization. Read more
Published on October 8, 2007 by Harpdog
5.0 out of 5 stars quality greg brown
I downloaded and gave it a full listen this morning. I enjoyed the first listen. It has the qualities of other Greg Brown recordings that make me keep coming back to this artist. Read more
Published on September 25, 2007 by halfgreek
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Stuff
This album is truly one of his best. Each play of the album will gain more and more appreciation as you connect more and more with each song's underlying meaning. Read more
Published on September 4, 2007 by Ghengis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Listening
Enjoyed this album of Greg's as I do most all of his creations. I was playing this at work and someone walked by and liked the sound so much he bought the album as well. Read more
Published on April 11, 2007 by Milo Page
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep on Keeping on
This is a very good collection fo music from Mr. Brown. I live for lyrics and and the feelings of rural America, real, lost or hoped for feelings. Read more
Published on February 24, 2007 by Roland
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Listen
I've been a Greg Brown fan for a few years now. Only recently did I have a chance to see him live(Asheville) and it was truly one of the most memorable musical experiences I've... Read more
Published on February 11, 2007 by Daniel Vest
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