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The Rainmakers

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Audio CD, October 25, 1990
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Editorial Reviews

1. Rockin' At the T-Dance 3:20 2. Downstream 3:31 3. Let My People Go-Go 3:38 4. Doomsville 4:29 5. Big Fat Blonde 2:56 6. Long Gone Long 4:08 7. The One That Got Away 2:53 8. Government Cheese 2:54 9. Drinkin' On the Job 3:46 10. Nobody Knows 3:32 11. Information 4:49

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000008JQC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Downstream on October 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Buy this CD, read the lyric sheet and listen to it without interruptions. It will blow you away. Every song is powerful, cathcy, poetic. This band should have sold millions. They would have been a perfect touring counterpart to bands like R.E.M., U2, the Jayhawks. My all-time favorite record. I've probably heard it 100 times. Intelligent, electric, explosive, and humorous - simultaneously. It's the reason why my username is "Downstream", which is the title of the second track on the disc. The Rainmakers literally changed my life when I was 16 years old and altered my outlook towards music. It made me realize how good music can be and still not get radio play. Discover the magic.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Streisands Love Slave on May 9, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is The Rainmakers debut album which spawned 2 minor hits "Downstream" and "Let My People Go-Go". They should really re-release this classic album. This band was way ahead of it's time. Check out [...] for more info on this great band.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By mannie on March 27, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I saw these guys years ago (mid 80's) and was blown away by there performance.....they were opening for Berlin ("Take my Breath Away)....It was an odd pairing....but these guys stole the show...I wished there set wouldn't have ended.....The frontman was charismatic and theatrical, totally commanding your attention....the music was nothing like I had ever heard before.....feeling nostalgic and familiar yet new and exciting....I can't believe these guys are still somewhat underground...... I love these guys......It's very rootsy and unpolished by todays standards but that only adds to it's appeal.
Some major issues are tackled in some of the songs but generally it's just a feel good album. Put it on when the sky is clear....the sun is shining.....and you're heading out on the road to anywhere.
Major highlights include .... Downstream ...... government cheese.... and most powerfully " information"...
Give it a listen
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen W. McGregor on January 27, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This song is a story of a night a small town farm boy got out of High School and moved on to College or jobs or what ever. I to lived that night laying on the ground looking at the stars, drinking a few beers by the campfire with my friends, pondering what was going to happen with our lives. This song brings that night back like I was living it today.

Great CD by an EVEN BETTER band, much like RUSH, these guys are Poets of society, and our interactions with one another.

My Favorite CD of ALL TIME....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amateur musicologist on July 24, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
way back in pre CD times, I was working as a Record Store manager in the Thames Valley.
Every Monday was like Xmas day as the boxes of new releases were leaped on, and the latest vinyl offerings were ranked ready for in store play.
This album was a mystery - who were they? it was on Mercury and produced by Terry Manning,who I recognized for his work with George Thorogood. the titles looked interesting " Rockin' at the T Dance" - Daddy, what's a T dance?
Let My People Go-Go - good pun. best we give it a blast.

and Blast was appropriate... It blasted out of the speakers and we all looked up, smiles appearing on the rock buyers faces as the vinyl worked it's magic.
By the end of track 2 the albums were all sold ( to the staff) and a reorder was instigated. in store play guaranteed...Fame , Fortune and UK dates were anticipated.
and now, nearly 30 years later the CD remaster finds it's way to my playlist, no record store now, but a happy memory of a great summer album. and, you know what, it's aged really well. still rocks, still forces a smile.Even the wife was positive in her reaction... so, live a little, play it loud and relive my youth. go on. you know you want to :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By ScottE on August 25, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Kansas City, Mo. rock band The Rainmakers debuted in (1986) #85, is one of the midlands best rock and roll outfits that came out in quite a long time. "The Rainmakers is such a solid disc it's hard which song song is the best, so lets exam the record.

"Rockin' At The T-Dance"- "1,2,3,"- About the Hyatt disaster in Kansas City when a walkway collapsed and killed 114 people in 1981. For such a horrific event, this is one catchy rocker. Great horns.

"Downstream"- "Hand me that bottle,and mind your own business". Great song, Mark Twain, Harry Truman and Chuck Berry 3 missouri natives sailing downstream.

"Let My People Go-Go" - "Why's everyone picking on me". First single, did o.k. in the midwest. #18 in the U.K.

"Doomsville"- "Hitch-Hike" Excellent riff-rocker, great guitar by Steve Phillips.

"Big Fat Blonde"- "I want a big fat blonde to keep this skinny boy from blowing away in the wind". A fan favorite,
everybody loved this song at parties back in the day. Great guitar workout, Bob's vocals say it all here.

"Long Gone Long"- "Man these clocks are slow". Roots rocker, small town life said perfectly.

"The One That Got Away"- "In my wildest dreams". Nice little tune, one of their simple tunes.

"Government Cheese"- "Decline and fall". Caused a lot of blacklash in New York City at one of their concerts in "86. Must of been a lot of unemployed people at the concert?

"Drinkin' On The Job"- "The farmer he got plowed". Great song about being drunk, excellent lyrics. "The generation that was going to change the world, is still looking for it's car keys".

"Nobody Knows"- "Aint' that right". Steve Phillips sings this bluesie tune. Great slide guitar.
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