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Veterans Day: Tom Russell Anthology [Best of]

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It would be easy for Tom Russell to coast on reputation alone. With a career stretching back nearly four decades, and a catalog of more than 20 albums, the consummate storyteller has amassed a devoted following that cherishes his vivid, novelistic tales evoking the spirit of the American experience in tightly constructed, panoramic vignettes. Among his most ardent fans are fellow artists: ... Read more in Amazon's Tom Russell Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 28, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Shout Factory
  • ASIN: B001G7EGRE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,293 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Joshua Tree
2. Cropduster
3. One and One
4. U.S. Steel
5. Home Before Dark
6. Navajo Rug
7. Veteran's Day
8. Outbound Plane
9. Gallo del Cielo
10. Haley's Comet
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Sky Above, The Mud Below
2. Throwin' Horseshoes at the Moon
3. Down the Rio Grande
4. California Snow
5. Touch of Evil
6. Isaac Lewis
7. Kid from Spavinaw
8. Tonight We Ride
9. Grapevine
10. Van Ronk
See all 17 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

Two CD Digipak set. Spanning over 30 years, this anthology features 37 hand-picked tracks from Tom Russell. The compilation features two previously unreleased recordings as well as collaborations with Dave Alvin, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and more. Crossing over many genres like Americana, Folk, Tex-Mex and Country, legendary singer-songwriter Tom Russell has had an amazing career spanning over three decades. He has had his songs recorded by icons such as Johnny Cash, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark, Dave Alvin, and k.d. lang. In the 1980s Russell made four albums credited to the Tom Russell Band.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb November 25, 2008
By J. Hall
Format:Audio CD
I like to say that there are only two types of music fans out there. Those who love Tom Russell and those who have yet to hear one of his songs. Unfortunately, there are more of the latter at this time.

This compilation is a must for those who are fans of the singer/songwriter. It contains numerous songs from hard to obtain albums, his greatest songs and some new songs. It is also the perfect Christmas gift to give to a friend who has yet to hear any of Tom's songs. Once you give this collection a listen, you will wonder why Tom Russell is not a household name.

Russell is a born storyteller. His songs, for those who have yet to hear any, are sort of like a mixture between Harry Chaplin and Dave Alvin/Gene Clark. Among my favorites on this collection is "Touch of Evil" and "The Pugilist at 59". Great stuff
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice retrospective December 2, 2008
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I became a Tom Russell fan when he released Borderland. I saw him in person 3 times. I am hooked on Tom and his music and the music of his friends Gretchen Peters, Dave Alvin, etc. This two disc compilation is a nice review of Tom's music. If your new to Tom, this is a great introduction. I have every CD he's released since Modern Art. I never grow tired of listening to Tom. If you like this compilation, I'd recommend the previously mentioned Borderland, and Modern Art. My real favorite is Hotwalker--totally different than anything you've heard before.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sky Above January 11, 2009
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Tom Russell may never be fully discovered as what he is... one of the greatest singer songwriters of his time. so if you have to Tom put out a million Anthologies until the rest of the world "gets it". the nice thing about this anthology is it's hand picked by Tom himself and it had me revisiting some earlier material i hadn't listened to in a long time. if you haven't heard Tom Russell before start here, if you're a fan and like me haven't pulled out the old vinyl versions of his earlier stuff take another listen, what a song writer, what a singer!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Veterans Day is a must own CD. Tom Russell is the best western/folk/country/Americana singer/songwriter in the business. There is a hint of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Marty Robbins, Woody Guthrie and Johnny Cash in his songs, however he is an original all the way. These great songwriters would welcome Tom as a worthy peer in a "guitar pull".

This double CD contains his best work (37 cuts) which include my favorites: US Steel, Navajo Rug, Veteran's Day, Manzanar, The Rose of the san Joaquin, Blue Wing, The Sky Above, the Mud Below, The Pugilist at 59, Tonight We Ride and his signature song - Gallo Del Cielo.

This collection is one that will never grow old or become out of date. Tom is a master in his craft. Go out and buy a copy today; better yet, buy 2 or 3 and give them to your friends who would enjoy listening to a superb story teller at his best.
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why not list of songs?
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