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To Heaven U Ride

Michelle ShockedAudio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Michelle Shocked - traveller, troubadour, a “picker-poet,”as they say in Texas. As a young feminist, she left Texas to travel, Kerouac-style, and was caught up in Reagan-era grassroots politics. Her musical career was ignited by a bootleg recording made around a Kerrville Folk Festival campfire on a Sony Walkman. Released in England as ‘The Texas Campfire Tapes’ without ... Read more in Amazon's Michelle Shocked Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 4, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mighty Sound
  • ASIN: B000T2PRHK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Introductions
2. Strange Things Happening Every Day
3. The Weight
4. Quality of Mercy
5. God Bless the Child
6. Good News
7. Cancer Alley Rap
8. Wade in the Water
9. Uncloudy Day
10. Study War No More
11. Blessed
12. Psalm
13. Answered Prayer Rap
14. Can't Take My Joy

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Michelle Shocked comes full circle. Her debut album was a bootleg that caught the world off guard and introduced us to her. Unaware that ToHeavenURide was being recorded, it spotlights her where she's always shone brightest live, on stage, in front of an audience. It was a special invitation to personal a gospel set at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and what a show it was! Sister Shocked shines throughout. Highlights include her cover of the Billie Holliday classic God Bless The Child, her cover of The Band's The Weight and amazing renditions of soulful, yes spiritual Shocked originals such as Quality of Mercy which has never before appeared on a Michelle Shocked release (it was on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack, Dead Man Walking).

Better late than never. These recently discovered tapes from the 2003 Telluride Bluegrass Festival find the eclectic Americana of Michelle Shocked in pure gospel mode. Backed by a vocal quartet, the "sacred steel" of Hot Rize's Nick Forster, and a killer band, Shocked does her best to channel her inner Mavis Staples, not only on Staple Singers classics such as "Wade in the Water" and "Uncloudy Day" but also on the Band's "The Weight" (which featured Staples as a guest performer in The Last Waltz). The audience joins the chorus on the frequent call-and-response of the material, which includes Shocked originals such as "Quality of Mercy" and "Good News" and the traditional "Study War No More" (more often titled "Down by the Riverside") along with the incantatory opener, "Strange Things Happening Every Day" (from Sister Rosetta Tharpe), and the sanctified reggae closer, "Can't Take My Joy." While some of Shocked's patter sounds like blackface minstrelsy (though she forthrightly acknowledges the issue of race) and "God Bless the Child" finds her way beyond her depth--as if she learned it from Blood, Sweat & Tears rather than Billie Holiday--the spirited performance makes a joyful noise. --Don McLeese

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful voice, beautiful person... January 21, 2008
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Perhaps the most overlooked talent out there, Michelle has been singing and playing for over twenty years now. Immensely powerful voice that can also be delicate and beautiful. She is very motivated and uses her voice to speak for others who have no voice. This CD, To Heaven U Ride, is a really rockin' soulful gospel album - recorded live with great soundboard quality sound. Many people haven't heard of Michelle (which is a shame) and I think that is because it is hard to put a label on her. Sometimes it is bluegrass, sometimes it is rock, it may be folk, it may be gospel, but her strong, soulful voice always commands attention!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great live recording October 13, 2007
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This is just a terrific recording capturing Michelle Shocked in a beautiful performance in gospel mode. It'll be a treat for both old fans and those discovering her anew. Top notch musical performances couple with strong material and wonderful vocals. Joy emanates from this recording.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's Chelle...gotta love her September 15, 2009
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Since she is my all time favorite singer I am biased. A great cd and very uplifting, but she hits a home run with her next cd.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Could Have Been Better March 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
While Michelle Shocked has an enjoyable, soulful singing voice, the c.d. would have been better without her commentary on politics, prejudice, etc. It was recorded live and while the commentary was acceptable to be heard once during the live event, it is distracting to hear again and again with frequent listening to the c.d. and should have been edited out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Heaven U Ride November 24, 2009
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I really like the way she does The Weight.. I wonder why though she sounds like one of the people she is singing with. She looks like a person of white, but doesn't sound that way...
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