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Unfortunate Casino

March 31, 2011

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 31, 2011
  • Label: Human Nature
  • Copyright: 2011 Gerry Beckley
  • Total Length: 36:17
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  • ASIN: B004TBWF7W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #247,816 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Gerry Beckley's voice is still crystalline and unique.
F.Zappa
My favorite tunes on this one include Feel and Hello, thought there is not a bad song on the CD.
A Fan
I listen to this CD at least once per week and find new ways to enjoy it each time.
crozerjo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mary S. Blanchard on June 7, 2011
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"Here and Now" by America was a great CD. I especially liked Gerry's songs. With this new solo cd, I am disapponted with the slow songs. The quality I expected is just not here.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By AnotherMusicExpert on June 12, 2011
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I have every CD & DVD America has ever put out. Absolutely love 'em. I think Gerry is an exceptional talent, and as crafted lyrically and musically as these songs might be, I doubt if I'll ever listen to it twice. Somber, mopey, a tune or two add a brief glimmer but then the CD finishes off on an alternative sounding, bizarre note. This CD doesn't really attest to Gerry's talents. Looking at the reviews obviously it is "each to their own", but I didn't enjoy this at all...I was sure hoping to. Looking forward to the next America CD.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Doc Holliday on July 3, 2011
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Dissapointed in this Cd. Several songs sound like he is singing in a echo chamber (or the garage).Many songs feel like leftovers from previous albums, and dusted off for filler material. This is the weakest of His solo material, and doesnt hold a candle to Van Go Gan. Given Gerrys talents, ,we expect better from the Master. (and Gerry knows it). I suspect His next solo release will be much improved.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By speechwriter on August 12, 2011
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It seems that, with Unfortunate Casino, Gerry is mining a particularly sober vein. Broken hearts. Broken relationships. Sorrow. Alienation. Disconnection. They all turn up here, and more than half of it, I find, is pretty compelling. Gerry clearly meant for the title song to pack a punch and, for me, it does. I love the way it builds from spare beginnings to an anthemic close. I also hear Gerry drawing on his "McCartney muse" to pleasant effect on such tunes as Always, Feelings Flow and Simpson Sky. And to be fair, there are a couple of upbeat tunes that aren't that special, but at least provide some relief from the gloom. But the uninitiated should be forwarned: for better or worse, there's a palpable mood of darkness in a lot of this, and I have to say that I think a couple of songs are ruined, for me, by the "treated" vocals. I know genuine artisis want to avoid repeating themselves or becoming too safe and predictable, but some of the vocal treatments just don't work for me. For example, album closer Fortune Fells, where Gerry eerily ponders the fact that "I'm alive by luck of the draw ... the highest card, the longest straw ... it can all change with the turn of a dime" would have been just as effective -- maybe moreso -- if Gerry sang it in his normal voice, instead of sounding like he's singing through a megaphone. I've got to say, though, that about 60 percent of this is first rate, and the title track alone is worth having the disc for me. Ten listens on, I still find myself playing the album over and over, flaws and all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By VulcanDude on March 24, 2013
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Hey Folks, Don't listen to the sourpuss critics. They're just put off because they can't keep an artist in their own personal little box. This is a Great CD!! A Solid effort by G.B. A very enjoyable listen. I consider this one to be a must have for G.B. fans!!!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Moses on April 16, 2011
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Where are the beautiful, melodic ballads that adorned Van Go Gan or Horizontal fall. I can't stand the new tones Gerry has taken on ith his voice. He is straining more now and is far more forced than he used to be. That intimate, sensitive side has gone. This is mostly upbeat stuff, boring AOR rock. Lots of distortion on his voice. The only ballads are 'Feelings flow', which is a nice enough track. 'Cup of rain' is horrible with a nasty nasally vocal and a flat sounding acoustic guitar. A huge disappointment, particualrly as the backing paved the way for a nice vocal. Gerry sounds like he is on his death bed. 'Dark river', 'feel' and 'hello' are boring and I can't think how any of them go.
'Simpson Sky' is Beach Boys influenced. It has a few ideas but soon tires as it just sounds like the chords to God only knows, with more of a rock, bouncy beat and the melody is far less memorable.
And if you thought 'cup of rain' was a nasty vocal, listen to the last track. It is truly ridiculous what he has done with his voice.
An offensive little album with hardly anything to merit it and almost completely devoid of meaning. I hope that the next America album has some more organic feel to the vocals and more of a melody than this huge disappointment.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis Diller on March 26, 2011
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I own every America album and every Beckley album -- I'm a faithful fan of all of Beckley's work. To me, Van Go Gan was Gerry's supreme effort. Songs like "Goodbye Highway" and "Kiss of Life" are some of my all-time favs. Unfortunate Casino, at least upon my first listen, didn't really do much for me. No songs were very memorable or stood out. I liked the songs "Always" and "Remembering" probably better than the others but there were no real standouts for me. There were also a few little things that bothered me: First, the songs are not registered properly so when you download the CD on your computer or try to play in your car, instead of listing the artist's name, title of song, etc., it only says "track 1, track 2, and so forth". That was lame as I had to type in all of that information. Second, the recording itself doesn't sound as full/rich as either Van Go Gan or Horizontal Fall. I'm guessing that both were recorded in the same studio (Human Nature) but perhaps it's the mastering? In fairness, I'll re-rate this CD if I later begin to like it. Some of my favorite artists/CD's are ones that I didn't like on first listen (Vertical Horizon to name one group in that category).
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