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Vince Gill, Tony Brown, & Rodney Crowell. You know them well as hitmakers & architects of contemporary country music. But back in the 70s they were the Cherry Bombs. With "The Notorious Cherry Bombs", their long awaited debut release, they're set to restore your faith in great, timeless country music & the exhilarating power of a world class band. "The Notorious Cherry Bombs" took over 20 years to release but was well worth the wait.

This reunion of singer-songwriters Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill with pianist Tony Brown, ace guitarist Richard Bennett, and steel guitarist Hank DeVito sounds like the country equivalent of the Traveling Wilburys--a veteran supergroup having too much fun to take itself too seriously. Alumni of Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, the Cherry Bombs were Crowell's backing band in the '70s. Since then, Gill has become a star, Brown has become better known as a label executive, and Bennett has seen considerable demand as a producer. Starting with a call to loosen up on "Let It Go, Let It Ride," the album shows a spirit of playful camaraderie. It's tough to imagine either Crowell or Gill putting a cut titled "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night That Chew Your Ass Out All Day Long" on one of their own albums, but the collaboration here is a honky-tonk highlight. DeVito remains the band's secret songwriting weapon, as "Wait a Minute" (in collaboration with Crowell) and a revival of "Sweet Little Lisa" (previously recorded by Dave Edmunds) capture the exhilaration of early rock & roll. A former gospel pianist, Brown adds revivalist preaching to this busmen's holiday. --Don McLeese

1. Let It Roll, Let It Ride
2. If I Ever Break Your Heart
3. Wait A Minute
4. Making Memories Of Us
5. Oklahoma Dust
6. Dangerous Curves
7. Forever Someday
8. On The Road To Ruin
9. Heart Of A Jealous Man
10. It's Hard To Kiss The Lips At Night
11. Sweet Little Lisa

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 27, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Records South
  • ASIN: B0002IQIXI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,545 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on August 15, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Let me give you a list of names. Eddie Bayers; Richard Bennett; Tony Brown; Rodney Crowell; Hank DeVito; Vince Gill; John Hobbs; Michael Rhodes. Any of those names sound familiar? To country music fans, they should. Superstar singer/songwriters, top-notch studio musicians, highly demanded record producers. Who knew they played together?

The Notorious Cherry Bombs have created a country music album that is destined to become a classic. From breezy ramblers like "Let it Roll, Let it Ride," to the seriousness of a good ol' "prison" song ("Heart of a Jealous Man"), this CD is packed full of traditional country music. Master songwriters Rodney Crowell and Vince Gill do most of the writing, and share lead vocals; with the other guys backing them, it's a sure-fire combination for success.

The first single, "It's Hard to Kiss the Lips at Night that Chew Your A** Out All Day Long" is a hilarious traditional number that even manages to poke fun at itself ("It's alright if we say it/'Cause radio won't play it/It's hard to kiss the lips at night that chew your a** out all day long"). Several other songs are upbeat and fun (these guys obviously love to play together), but it's not all fun and games. "Heart of a Jealous Man" is downright haunting, while a man fights temptation in "Dangerous Curves," and Rodney Crowell's "Making Memories of Us" ponders eternal love. Even the rollickin "On the Road to Ruin" has a dark undertone.

No duds on this album, folks. This is pure, solid country music by the best players in Nashville. God, I hope they do another album; this one's a classic. The Notorious Cherry Bombs--country music's Dream Team.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Yap TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Prime Cuts: Dangerous Curves, It's Hard to Kiss the Lips..., Making Memories of Us

Once in a blue moon recording companies do tread upon the more conspicuous path by releasing a product that is eminently more for the enrichment of the format's genre, than in the assiduous pursuit of the mighty dollar. Kudos is in order to Universal South Records honcho Tony Brown for taking this leap of faith. The Notorious Cherry Bombs, unlike most country bands today, consists not of hotshot studs in their twenties. Rather forming the core are the country veterans such as Rodney Crowell, Tony Brown himself and Vince Gill with Rodney and Gill trading lead vocals on different tracks with occasional duets. If one thing can be said about this album, it is definitely not a factory-sealed commodity from Music Row's conveyer belt. Rather, this is an ebullient and sturdy effort that is solidly country and brilliantly executed.

The onus of songwriting is primarily shared between Crowell and Gill: with the pair penning 3 cuts together, Rodney writing 4 more tracks without Gill and Gill responsible for cutting 3 of his own composition plus a Hank DeVito cover song. Regardless of who holds the pen, every track here is a winner. The Crowell-penned "If I Ever Break Your Heart," for instance, an ode to marital fidelity has an enticing Eagles-like pop flair that harkens back to Crowell's "Diamonds and Dirt" days. "Making Memories of Us," also a Crowell original and a former Tracy Byrd track, is a brooding ballad of enduring love with such moving lyrics of devotion that could also work on a spiritual level.

Vince Gill, normally known for his smooth tenor, sounds a little husky on the bluegrass tingled "Oklahoma Dust.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. Jones on July 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
How can you go wrong on a CD that features Vince Gill, Tony Brown and Rodney Crowell? You can't. Mark my words as this CD will be in all the Top 5 lists for this year.

My favorite song is, Let It Ride, Let It Roll, a rollicking uptempo honkey tonk tune that Vince and Rodney take turns vocally calling out to the older set to loosen up before you're too old to do so.

The hilarious stone cold country of ,It's Hard To Kiss The Lips at Night, That Chew Your Ass out All Day Long, (the first video and single...look for Vince and Rodney in drag as each others wife...) while may not get the radio airplay it deserves (let's hope it does) will be the song and video everyone will be singing to.

Vince and Rodney both contribute about four songs each and the remainder is often a collaberation of writers.

While the sound overall is definately country it does not sound dated or tired. There is a true energy that this band exudes. Great singing, writing and playing throughout.

The whole CD is top notch but ,Dangerous Curves, and ,Forever Someday, stand out. Dangerous Curves is a mid tempo heart felt song from Rodney and Vince telling a married man better go on home - she has dangerous curves... While ,Forever Someday, is a stone cold country ballad as only Vince could sing it.

With country radio playing the same 5 artists same 7 songs 99 times a day, my hope is that this CD is not overlooked.

Let's hope the Cherry Bombs decide to tour and that would be the only thing that could top this CD. A true masterpiece.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Most reviewers mention "It's hard to Kiss . . ." first, so I won't. I'd rather concentrate on the other great music on this album, starting with my favorite, "Memories of Us." It's vintage Crowell, heartfelt and sentimental, with enough of an edge to keep it from going maudlin. And absolutely amazing lyrics. ". . . Down in the meadow/Where the wild bees swarm" reminds me of Yeats' "Bee-loud glade" (I wonder if this is intentional?) The other Crowell material is first-rate, especially "Dangerous Curves" and "If I ever break your Heart." The only song on the album I wish weren't there is "Oklahoma Dust" (sorry, Vince), but even that is better than what appears on any Toby Keith mess (or 99% of Nashville stuff these days).

OK, now to "It's hard to Kiss . . ." Great song, funny and sort of sad at the same time. It's a great send up of country ballads. And the video with Rodney and Vince in drag as each others' wives is a hoot. But that song is not the reason to buy this album. The other material is the reason.

Buy this. It will play on in your library long after "It's hard . . ." becomes so familiar you no longer laugh (and that should be in about 50 years).
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