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Transcendental Blues

Steve EarleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)

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listen  4. I Can Wait 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. The Boy Who Never Cried 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Steve's Last Ramble 3:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. The Galway Girl 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Lonelier Than This 3:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Wherever I Go 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. When I Fall 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Don't Want To Lose You Yet 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Halo 'Round The Moon 2:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Until The Day I Die 3:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. All My Life 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song) 3:51$0.99  Buy MP3 


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The Low Highway, the 12-track set is the anticipated follow up to 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated album I’ll Never Get Out Of This World Alive and is the first billed as “Steve Earle & The Dukes (& Duchesses).” The album is also the first to feature “The Dukes” band name since 1987’s Exit 0. The Low

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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: April 19, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Indieblu Music
  • ASIN: B00004S9AN
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,552 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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After Steve Earle redrew a handful of musical maps with 1997's El Corazon, it was surprising to hear the troubadour team with Del McCoury on the unabashed bluegrass set The Mountain. In truth, El Corazon paved the way for Transcendental Blues. Here Earle returns back to the sprawl of El Corazon. There's Spartan, yearning folk in "Over Yonder," boot-scooting 'grass on "Until the Day I Die," and ear-pinning rock on "Everyone's in Love with You." Earle rescues the connection between Ireland and American traditionalism with the mandolin-driven "Galway Girl" and even seems inspired by fables with "The Boy Who Never Cried." Earle shows again and again that he's a consummate indexer, demonstrating how American music crisscrosses distinct styles. As a singer, Earle is alternately snarly, wispy, guttural, and earnest. In short, he's able to shake the ear with a fresh musical twist and then settle the listener with all the broad-minded smarts he's relied upon since his mid-'90s comeback. --Andrew Bartlett

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is Steve Earle capable of making a bad record? June 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
I'm beginning to believe the answer is no. "Transcendental Blues" is his fifth release since getting clean and sober. I believe that it, and its predecessors, constitute the most impressive body of work by an American artist over the past 10 years. There's not a doggie among the 15 incredibly diverse tracks on "Transcendental Blues." Earle explores musical styles ranging from Irish folk ("The Galway Girl") to garage rock ("All of My Life") to Byrdsian country rock ("I Don't Wanna Lose You Yet") to bluegrass ("Until the Day I Die"). The disc closes with "Over Yonder (Jonathan's Song)", a heart-wrenching recounting of a condemned man's final hours that was inspired by a 1998 execution that Earle witnessed at the request of the condemned man. It is a testament to Earle's songwriting ability that, despite his well-publicized opposition to capital punishment, the song is not the least bit preachy and comes off as much more than a simple anti-death penalty polemic. Well done, Steve. Keep 'em coming!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST SONGWRITER ALIVE TODAY? November 29, 2002
Format:Audio CD
The first Steve Earle album I bought was Copperhead Road. It was good, and what I was happiest about with it was that I was sure that I would never need buy a Steve Earle record again.
Then somewhere along the way I lost it, and rather than replacing it I picked up Ain't Ever Satisfied instead, a greatest hits collection that included the best material from Copperhead Road, as well as a great deal of songs from Guitar Town and Exit O. I became aware of how much I had been missing from this artist, but now that I had the greatest hits collection, hey, I'd never need another Earle album again.
Then I bought a Steve Earle songbook that included a lot of the material that I already had, but also included a handful of songs from albums I didn't. After learning the songs - and quickly appreciating their quality and craft - I picked up I Feel Alright and Train A'Comin. Great stuff, even if now my Steve Earle collection was taking up more space than I originally had planned. Still, now my collection was complete.
Then I heard a co-worker's stereo down the hall a few years ago. I liked what I heard and asked: it was Earle's collaboration with the Del McCoury band, THE MOUNTAIN. Wth no hesitation, I prompptly went out and bought it. Whew...
I've gone on long enough, you know where this going by now: I finally bought Transcendental Blues, and am absolutely blown away. The number of standout songs on here is one thing, but the performances are stellar as well: the attack and bite of "Everyone's In Love With You", the drum pattern on the beautiful "Lonelier Than This", the Pogues-like "The Galway Girl" (Shane Macgowan would KILL to write a song this good these days), the her-honey-to-his-vinegar duet on "When I Fall".
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm still waiting......... September 24, 2000
By PD
Format:Audio CD
Well, I guess these days I just get a little bit nervous every time a new Steve Earle album comes out. One of these days, he is going to prove to me that he is mortal, and going to release a dud. Fortunately, this is not the album, and it starts to make me wonder, when am I going to find anyone else that can ever compare to the great man. Transcendental Blues continues to carry me on the roller coaster ride I have been on, ever since I was lying on my bedroom floor at the tender age of 16, and heard Copperhead Road make it's way out of the radio. In the early nineties, I was defintley getting worried, when Steve vanished from our lives, but he popped up in '95 with a little masterpiece, and he has kept the 'pedal to the metal' ever since. His music is able to strike a chord with you, & TB continues in this vein. Steve's Last Ramble & Galway Girl would fit perfectly in any of the Irish theme pubs here in Melbourne, while All of my Life & Everyones In Love With You, can rock it with the best of them. These songs are great to get peoples attention, but it's song's like Lonlier Than This, that really take you to another level. This is where the music communicates with you, in all it's simplicity, and basically becomes your friend and confidante. It goes without saying, that the album covers a myriad of styles, which means you never become tired of listening to it. If you want music to listen to , while you're having a few beers, or when you are home alone without your loved one, or when your cruising the highways, or when you're loooking for inspiration, just throw this in the CD player - it will do the job, and then some. Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Earle's Finest Albums June 11, 2000
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Any fan of Steve Earle and alternative country music in general should buy this album without hesitation. I have listened to this album in its entirety about 20 times since I purchased it a few days ago. Each track on the album is a unique work of art. As he has done on all of his albums since 1995, Earle manages to equate a wide variety of musical styles to produce a compelling collection of songs. From the upbeat rock 'n roll songs of "Everyone's in love with you," "Wherever I Go," and "Another Town," to the Irish rooted track "Galway Girl," Earle proves that he is truly in his musical prime. In "The Boy Who Never Cried," Earle uses Christian inspiration and Eastern musical influences to crank out a tune that is one of the album's best. I'm glad to see that this album currently ranks as #5 on Amazon's best-sellers. Do yourself a favor and buy the album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Rocks and more!
Transcendental Blues is one of the most creative and ingenious albums Steve Earle ever did. I've played it for year, lent it out, lost it, but can't be without it, so I got... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Rayn Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Transcendental Blues
Kick back with a cold one and enjoy. I love the music on this CD. Personally not one song more than the other. Just the whole deal.
Published 5 months ago by TTazman64
4.0 out of 5 stars some great songs
he's a master at crafting songs, everything from the hooks to lyrics to instrumentation. great stuff. but stylistically its a bit all over the map. Read more
Published 7 months ago by bluesjr
4.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for Steve Earl Fans
What can I say? Steve Earl is and awesome artist, musician, song writer. I relate to him on every level. This is a great album that every fan should have in their collection.
Published 8 months ago by LisaNFla
5.0 out of 5 stars Total Gem
Like another reviewer did, I pulled this off a dusty shelf and listened to it again recently ... and was blown away all over again. This is a total gem of an album. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars One Steve Earle's best
As with most of his lyrics, Steve Earle hits the nail on the head here, and I have to say, after listening to the intervening albums in order, the music is a natural progression... Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Likeness
4.0 out of 5 stars Wanted to hear Galway Girl
I purchased this cd solely for the purpose of hearing Galway Girl! Love that song and so cd didn't disappoint
Published on April 8, 2012 by L. Ness
4.0 out of 5 stars jacks review
not one of earles pearls jack % kvlu Lamar university public radio 91.3fm
Published on June 30, 2011 by jack
5.0 out of 5 stars Earle's Magnum Opus
I pulled this off the shelf today and was stunned to realize that ten years have passed since this album's release. Read more
Published on October 26, 2010 by Jack Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Song-For-Song, a Near Perfect CD
Transcendental Blues is yet another classic Steve Earle album offering a nearly flawless set of Rock, Mellow Rock and Folk songs. Read more
Published on May 15, 2010 by A. Boyd
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