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Toad of Titicaca

Gurf MorlixAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Catamount
  • ASIN: 5554386660
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Gurf Morlix Hits the Mark on "Toad of Titicaca" April 16, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This CD has been playing continuously at my house all weekend. It sounds great on first listen, and just keeps getting better.
Standout tracks are "Wild Things," an infectious country/rock number, the bluesy "Rock Bottom," and the sweet ballad "Robin Sings at Midnight."
In the "you have to hear it to believe it" category is "Dan Blocker." Only Morlix could construct a powerhouse anthem out of a song whose ONLY lyrics are: "Dan Blocker, Lorne Greene, Michael Landon, Pernell Roberts." Complete with Bonanza theme guitar riffs, be warned that if you're brave enough to listen to this song, you will be walking around singing "Dan Blocker" whether you want to or not!
If you enjoyed Morlix's work on Grammy award winner Lucinda Williams' albums, this CD is a must-have. Austin music legend Gurf Morlix comes into his own on "Toad of Titicaca."
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Gurf is the guitar player and co-producer for Lucinda Williams's albums, and he's part of that linkcestuous circle that always hits up Daniel Lanois somewhere in the middle, connecting dots along the way with Buddy Miller, Emmylou Harris, and either Donald Lindley or David Lindley.
If you're into that thing/those folks, this one's certainly worth picking up: most of the album is reminiscent of Lucinda's noted style of slacky southern slinging-singing, with a gaggle of loud, acoustical instruments -- some of which you may have never heard before but promise to pay attention to once you've given it a listen (what's a Weissenborn or a mandocello, anyway?). And after a few listens, in fact, it's hard to notice who's influencing whom -- Williams rubbing off on Morlix, or the other way around?
Whatever it is, it's nice because it's gritty; Gurf doesn't have the same voice Lucinda has. In fact, his voice isn't much at all. It's closer to Neil Young or Kermit the Frog when it's quiet -- an endearing vulnerability -- and a lot more like Bob Dylan when it isn't. And after a while I stop paying attention, because it's his collective sound (he plays most instruments and tracks on the album) that's catching me: in Falling off the Face of the World, it's the slow, quiet purdy feel that stops me in my tracks; the tone and lyrics to to Wild Things actually do feel more like a Maurice Sendak story (I don't think there's any relation); Robin Sings at Midnight sounds like what I imagine the dropping of 1 steel guitar, 1 banjo, 200 rubber balls and a long warpy saw into a big ol' boiling pot of pea soup might sound like. And then there's Dan Blocker, the song that inspired me to buy this album, which is a straight-ahead tribute to, well, Hoss on Bonanza.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yee Haa! August 9, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I bought this album after hearing a review on NPR's Fresh Air. The "Dan Blocker" song captured my imagination, so I bought the CD. I happen to really enjoy Lucinda Williams' work and I can hear Morlix's influence on her CDs as well as this one. Wonderful songwriting and arrangements. Straight ahead. Nothin' fancy. My one quibble, and it's a minor one, is that Morlix's voice sometimes can't quite hit the high notes. Then again, neither can Dylan or Young -- two of my other favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Album November 25, 2007
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I tracked down this album after hearing "Dan Blocker" on XM. I figured anyone who could do a song like that and make it work had just the quirkiness I enjoy in a musician. Though none of the other offerings on the disc was an unusual as that one, I was not disappointed. Highly recommended. (Oh, and why are people dissing Gurf's voice? He's got a great voice that lends itself perfectly to his style of music.)
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