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Twistin' in the Wind


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 12, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: MCA Nashville
  • ASIN: B000006R8K
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Joe Ely remains the cool rockin' king of the great Texas songwriters--matching Guy Clark's eye for detail with Townes Van Zandt's sensitivity and Doug Sahm's love of the big beat. Twistin'--which swings from the sublime title track and "It's a Little Like Love" to the silly (but sage) "If I Could Teach My Chihuahua to Sing"--is another notch on his well-weathered belt. And Ely (if not his little dog) is singing better than ever to boot. Twistin' also features a virtual who's who of Ely's favorite guitar pickers; including steel-man Lloyd Maines, flamenco whiz Teye, and electric thrashers David Grissom and Jesse Taylor. The legend goes on... --Michael Ruby

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The opening flamenco flourishes announce Ely's continued love affair with ... soulful gypsy-cowboy music ... [and] roadhouse rock & roll. -- Entertainment Weekly

There's plenty of electric guitar and pedal steel, but accordion, mandolin, dobro, gut-and steel-stringed acoustic guitars, and attenuated echo effects set an intimate tone for Ely's blood-vessel-poppin' intensity. -- Country Music Magazine

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This is a pretty poor Joe Ely album.
Jeff Templon
If you like Joe Ely, you may want to give this a try, but if you aren't already a fan, this one is not going to excite you.
"tinears"
His music is about life and each song written by Ely is about life's experience.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Autonomeus on March 16, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I don't know what's wrong with the last few reviewers. This is another great Joe Ely album. Joe is the rowdier, scrappier alter ego of Jimmie Dale Gilmore's zen beatnik cowboy, and his persona is fully intact here. Of course he doesn't sound like he did in '78 or '88 now that it's '98. But he is deeper, wiser, funnier, and much better produced. And Lloyd Maines adds tremendously to the sound over the late '80s quartet with David Grissom on guitar, which rocked, but was sonically thin.

Top tracks: "Up On the Ridge" (an existentialist showdown), "Queen of Heaven," "Gulf Coast Blues," and the title track. TWISTIN' has lots of humor, right up front on "Nacho Mama" and "Teach My Chihuahua to Sing," and in the attitude of "Roll Again" and "Sister Soak the Beans" as well. Joe keeps remaking songs from DIG ALL NIGHT too (one of his weakest records, in my opinion) -- here we have a superior rendition of "Behind the Bamboo Shade." (LIVE AT LIBERTY LUNCH has the best version of "Me and Billy the Kid," and LOVE AND DANGER has the definitive version of "Settle For Love.")

To my ears, Joe was consistently excellent in the '90s. Don't miss it if you're an Ely fan, a Flatlanders fan, or just a fan of great roots music!

(verified purchase from Zia Records in Tucson)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By N. D. A. Grie on December 24, 2003
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Joe Ely hits his peak with this thoroughly successful album of songs in which his band conjures up every south Texas ghost imaginable. The songs range across working man's despair, homecoming celebration, south-of-the-border romance, fateful battles, gambler's philosophy and barroom humor, written and sung with wit and conviction by Joe. The musical core of Joe's band is Texas blues, but it is transformed into a "border-radio" blend by flamenco guitarist Teye and accordionist Joel Guzman. The effect is to place you squarely in the Texas of the Rio Grande, deep in the Mexican penumbra. Add to this mix the Nashville flourishes of steel guitar and dobro from Lloyd Maines (a sound originally borrowed by Nashville from Texas Swing), and the New Orleans carnival soul from Mitch Watkins' organ and you have an unusually spicy, flavorful stew. To hear an example of how these divergent musical styles can click together at the same time, check out the instrumental conclusion to "I Will Lose My Life" - it's subtle, simple and just perfect. Although the music is the main dish, Joe's lyrics also are superb, and each song tells a story you will want to hear again and again. This is Joe Ely in top form, hitting new heights, and capable of winning new fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1998
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You do not have to be a country music connoisseur to appreciate Lubbock, Texas, balladeer Joe Ely. His latest release, Twistin in the Wind, is another splendid compilation of stories, poetry and adventures. From the opening cut "Up on the Ridge," through the final lick of "If I Could Teach My Chihuahua To Sing," troubadour Ely has once again painted another masterpiece. Each composition possesses the same passion and originality that flowed from his soul when he was a young composer receiving praise from the Clash, which lead to a tour of England.
Hymns about love and romance are mixed among humorous ditties. The couple conversation "It's a Little Like Love" jumps out immediately as one of the best songs of this collection. He points out that everyone has the same difficulties making a relationship work. With your foot tapping to the rhythm, your mind can visualize every word he croons as if you were answering the question, "What it was that our love was like. Later on Ely reminds us all of the pleasures of a spontaneous romantic encounter with the sorcery of "Behind the Bamboo Shade."
Joe also manages to lighten things up with songs like "If I Could Teach My Chihuahua To Sing" and "Nacho Mama", the latter chorus being, "Na'cho Mama, Na'cho girl, I didn't bring you into this world!" However, Ely never lets us forget that life is about choices, and he delivers that message on tracks such as "Roll Again," and "I Will Lose My Life". Joe pays homage to the struggles of everyday working class life with "Sister Soak the Beans" and "Working for the Man."
The musical arrangements once again include a fine blend of steel, acoustic and electric guitar work.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "tinears" on December 27, 1999
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The problem with this cd and the last several before it is that the song quality is uneven, at best. A few good ones, and a bunch that are pretty average. Earlier albums by Ely (particularly those from the late 70s and early 80s) were more melodic and had more lyrical hooks (Of course, a lot of the songs on those albums were written by Butch Hancock, so that's not surprising). Still, the performances here are strong and it is obvious a lot of care and pride went into making this cd (like the ones before it). If you like Joe Ely, you may want to give this a try, but if you aren't already a fan, this one is not going to excite you.
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This is my 2nd Joe Ely cd after LETTER TO LAREDO. I have to admit it just hasn't grown on me. I love his music and I'll give it a few more spins but when I want to listen to Joe Ely I always grab LETTER TO LAREDO. I love his music and will buy another cd maybe someone can suggest something that matches LETTER.
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