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  • 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: #163,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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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.

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"Wham I'm spam and it's cold and dark and wet.").
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The song concludes with this thought -- "...I'd say we all better pray to each other for forgiveness before we all lose our sanity."
Autonomeus
Like others, I'm sure it will continue to grow on me with future listens.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on 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 By jason palmatier on 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 By Karl Sundquist on August 9, 2006
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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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By greg s. on September 15, 2006
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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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Okay, I'm a huge Greg Brown enthusiast, but not all of his albums are on my favorite playlists. This one is. I love the mix of dark and somber (Pound it on Down) and lighter fare (Eugene). The musical styles range from bluesy to bluegrassy to folky to folky country. All of these tunes are wry, witty, well-written and perfectly arranged with that G. Brown hallmark - that rich, dusky voice with just enough of the right instrumentation, perfectly and interestingly played. There's not a lemon in the bunch. Great pickin's for fans and newcomers alike!
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By G. Burke on October 9, 2010
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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 CD I think he can't get any better but this man continues to top himself. That said, "The Evening Call," after several years of frequent listening, is Greg's finest. The first three songs alone are worth the price of the CD. Do not hesitate to get it. In fact, get his entire CD collection. You will never tire of them and everyone will be impressed with how you always know the cool stuff, you're always hipper than hip.
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By B. Thomas on November 22, 2009
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Of all Greg's CDs that I own, this one is my absolute favorite. Every song is great!
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By Eric A. Politzer on October 9, 2008
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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!
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