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The Trinity Session

Cowboy JunkiesAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WCL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,257 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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On their sophomore effort, Canada's Cowboy Junkies manage to make a one-day recording session in an old church one of their most satisfying listens. Featuring the sultry voice of Margo Timmins, the precise musicianship of her brothers Peter (on drums) and Michael (on guitar), and bassist Alan Anton, The Trinity Sessions is a spare, evocative, countrified-rock classic. Their inspired reworking of both "Blue Moon" and "Working On A Building" reveal the Timmins family to be talented interpreters and insightful neo-traditionalists. Mixing the ambitious songwriting of Margo and Michael Timmins with subdued covers of Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" and Hank Williams' "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry," The Trinity Sessions is an exquisite collection that holds up quite well under repeated listenings. --Mitch Myers

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64 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A defining moment for the Cowboy Junkies. May 25, 2004
Format:Audio CD
The fact that this CD has the most reviews out of ALL the CJ's albums (only 'Open' oddly enough comes close), and it still has an average 5 star rating should speak for itself. For once in my life, I side with the mob, as it were. This is a gem, easily in my top-ten favorite records of all time.
The production is excellent- it sounds like the band is in the room with you, from every whispery note from Margo- to every hushed drum beat. Admiteddly, this is something one comes to expect from the CJ's- even when I don't care for their albums (Lay it down), they still always 'sound' great. On this one it sounds especially great: Everyone clicks on this. Everyone knows their place and does a fine job. This Cd is the perfect mix of country, blues and poetry. From Margo's evocative and ever-soulful voice to Michael's lucid and luminous guitar-work. The steady bass (it must be said that Alan Anton is one hell of an anchor)and drum work, always holding down the fort... Oh, the guest musicians hand in nothing short of exquisite performances. The harmonica is so sweet.
The covers are the heart of this album and they are gorgeous- the cover of Sweet Jane that every would-be hipster from my generation knows by heart, as well as the slooooooooooow-waltzing version of 'Blue Moon Revisited,' (quite possibly my fave song by them) which has one of the most wonderfully understated guitar solos I've ever heard. The not-so-well known cover of Hank Williams' I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry,' that sounds nothing like the original yet demonstrates how reinterpretaion can be an act of creation all its own. Reinvention, not immitation, is the highest form of flattery- the CJ's know this and deftly make whatever they handle their own.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The record that made them famous July 8, 2000
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I remember in 1989 watching Saturday Night Live and gettingready to shut it off, when the special musical guest came on COWBOYJUNKIES. The first song they sang was Misguided Angel, I saw eight people playing with their entire soul for all to see. I still remember how Margo Timmins trembled with every note. I have been a diehard ever since. Margo has one of the best voices in popular music ( I would say that she is the Billie Holiday or Patsy Cline of our time.)Her bother Mike is songwriter with few rivals, and he is one of the most imaginative guitar players ever. This record is special, recorded in one sitting, no retakes into on single microphone. The Trintiy Church where it was recorded is an accoustic chathedral. It is impossible to describe the effect this had. It brought out the newance of the band well and Margo's voice is at center stage. Great remakes such as Blue moon and So Lonesome I Could Cry and yes Sweet Jane. These cover tunes are done with respect for the artist who first recorded them and with a Junkies flavor that makes them seem like they were recorded for the first time by someone who loved them. Great originals like Post Card Blues and I don't Get it! A must have!
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sounds Of Silence. January 2, 2004
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How did so many people make so little noise? The Cowboy Junkies begged that question when this, their classic second album, took the world in a quiet storm. Mesmerizing in an absorbing way, the hushed recording does what so few others can do, it draws you in. It is nakedly intense, and gently unfolds song by song. Margo Timmins sings in a voice that invites comparisons to Patsy Cline and Emmylou Harris, infusing the CJ's country with blues and a huge dose of post-modern melancholy. The result was haunting and spooky, so low key that it barely registers when you turn it up loud. While this may scare a great many people off the Junkies, it will hypnotize many others into following them down this high and lonesome path.
While the Junkies' best known song here was probably their somnambulant cover of "Sweet Jane," the brother and sister writing of Margo and Michael Timmins held its own. "Misguided Angel" could have easily been a Patsy Cline song, as it is, it companions "Walking After Midnight" flawlessly. Like the best of country blues, they know how to make you cry into your beer (or whatever you may have at the bar). The gentle sadness of their version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" could make a room full of Coal Miner's fathers drip tears in their beers.
That "The Trinity Session" came out in 1988 and still sounds idiosyncratic and original should tell you how essential this record remains. It is a quiet treasure.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic, Timeless--A Must Have July 6, 2000
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Margo Timmins has a voice that can reach into the heart and into the soul. Her vocals grab hold and they do not let go. Who would have ever believed that a CD recorded so simply and sparely in a Toronto Anglican Church would live to become a classic? But this CD is most definitely a classic. "Misguided Angel" has to be one of the most beautiful songs ever written and ever sung. The heartache and the passion that are so clear in Margo's vocals make this a frequent request at Junkies' concerts. Margo and the Junkies' version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" is mournful and slow; it is a definitive version of the song. Lou Reed's "Sweet Jane" may be the most well known track in the Junkies' repertoire, and rightly so. It is haunting. If artists hope to create a mood with their CD's, then this recording works exquisitely. Cowboy Junkies have gone on to record several follow-up CD's, all of them excellent; but there is something special about this CD. Buy it, listen to it--let it pull you in. For whatver reason or for no reason at all--other than its sheer brilliance--this recording belongs in your collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good mood music.
Published 6 days ago by Gerald J Wotczak
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favourite albums ever.
Published 1 month ago by Happy-go-lucky
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Was a favorite of mine 25 years ago, still is.
Published 3 months ago by Susan H. Colby
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Masterpiece
Landmark album by the Canadian sibling trio. A must have! Show me a rock journalist that doesn't have this CD in their top 100 albums of all time and slap him or her!
Published 7 months ago by Wise Guy
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointed. Only one song- Sweet Sweet Jane- is worth ...
Very disappointed. Only one song- Sweet Sweet Jane- is worth listening to. That's such a great song it's very surprising that all the others are crap.
Published 8 months ago by Scott Schairer
5.0 out of 5 stars Tranquility
Inspired and Timeless....a Friday night, candles, wine and the Trinity Sessions....peacefulness at its best
Published 8 months ago by Easygoer1
4.0 out of 5 stars Timely delivery at a good price.
As advertised. Timely delivery at a good price.
Published 8 months ago by Paul K Franzmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What I expected
Published 9 months ago by Eric Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Be Transported
Smoky and hypnotic, this is now one of my favorite albums. Heard their song "Sweet Jane" in the movie "The Best of Me" and yearned for more. Was not disappointed.
Published 10 months ago by Susan Harmon
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Published 10 months ago by Sean Arthur Carter
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