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Walk Between the Raindrops

James McMurtryAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 18, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sugar Hill Records
  • ASIN: B000009Q04
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,659 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The son of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and the musical brethren of Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt (whose "Rex's Blues" is suitably covered here), James McMurtry spits out curt one-liners in a flat deadpan that dissolves in uneasy silence. Produced by Lloyd Maines, who contributes Dobro, pedal steel, and mandolin, Walk Through the Raindrops is quieter in tone than McMurtry's major label releases. The rustic arrangements make the lyrics just that much more folksy. "Tired of Walking" and "Airline Agent" are as close to topical songwriting as he's come, while a verse like "Every little bit counts/Though it may not count for much /They could be long forgotten /By the time you add ‘em up" is a fine example of the existentialist frontier McMurtry's so fond of probing. --Rob O'Connor

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad -- but not among McMurty's best. April 22, 2000
Format:Audio CD
After the twin classics "Where'd You Hide the Body," and "It Had to Happen," (his two best albums), his fifth album is a bit of a letdown. In fact, the best song, "Rex's Blues," is a cover of a old Townes Van Zant tune. Songs like "I Only Want to Talk to You," and "Every Little Bit Counts," are good, but only hint at the lyrical power of which McMurtry is capable. If you are looking to introduce yourself to his music, start with the previous two albums I mentioned and hear this fine artist at his best.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Snapshots of Life May 30, 2002
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This is one excellent album. McMurtry's lyrics show us a number of different takes on life, some funny, some sad. You will relate to some or all of them. If you've ever had a knock-down drag-out with a significant other, then the lines: "tire marks on the pavement where you spun out of the drive, hound dog in the corner looking glad to be alive" will certainly ring true.
Social commentaries "Tired of Walking" and "Racing to the Red Light" also will hit a nerve with you. And, to me, "Soda & Salt" and "Airline Agent" are hilarious.
So, McMurtry can write some lyrics. He backs them up with great music. I don't know bats about music, but like the Supreme Court I know it when I see it. Two things:
1. I painted the entire inside of my house to this CD and two others of his (Wasteland, Where'd you Hide the Body) - you really can put this one and the others on and just leave them on.
2. Friends of mine come over and I have this over the outdoor speakers. Next thing I know I'm having to order anywhere from one to all five of McMurtry's CD's for them. I'm doing it again tonight. That should tell you something. I don't know if we can get him to come play a town of 600 but it would be a big turnout.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listened to it 20 times the 1st week I owned it September 3, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
Something about this CD just captivates me. I heard it playing in a music store the day it came out. The volume was cranked up loud, and I got sucked in to the frustration and resolution of "Every Little Bit Counts." I've been a fan of McMurtry's for several years, but this is my favorite album of his. Check out the title track, "Soda and Salt," for a glimpse into the teenage mind. Listen to the longing in "I Only Want to Talk to You." You won't be disappointed.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best October 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
The direction of the indie road seems to have changed. Once an artist recorded for an independent label to get the attention of the big ones and jump in the big wagon. Mcmurtry has done the opposite way coming from Columbia to Sugar Hill. He was probably not commercial enough and felt the pressure of being asked to make a more commercial records.
McMurtry is really very far away from any mainstream. He is a rocker, but mostly an acoustic one, he is not really your typical singer-songwriter but he writes all his songs. He could have made it big in the sixties, but we are in the nineties.
Walk Between The Lines is McMurtry's second cd for Sugar Hill, after three CD's for Columbia. It is clear that he is doing here what he thinks is right. His voice reminds me of Lou Reed, his music very much the American rock band, from Little Feat to R.E.M.. His lyrics are highly literate and memorable:

"He had some line but he never used them

She didn't need much talkin' too
He thought he'd died and gone to Houston
By the time the dawn burned off the dew"
(Fast As I Can)

The production is By Lloyd Maines, and very different from the work he has done with the group Son Volt. I was expecting to hear his Pedal Steel but the booklet explains that he plays it through a device that makes it sound like a special guitar. The playing is mostly done by 4-5 players giving the feeling of a rock group.This cd is surely not a folk record, more a rock album with some hints of folk. If you like Little Feat, Allman Brothers Band, late Eagles, R.E.M., you'll probably like this cd.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McMurtry Does it AGAIN!!!! September 29, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
James McMurtry has slowly become my favorite artist these days. Each one of his CD's offer a unique but familiar quality that any fan of lyrically driven music will appreciate. This latest effort is no exception. Quite a departure from past albumns, McMurtry shows yet another aspect to his already ifluential lyrical arsenal with Walk Between the Raindrops. Finally, quality songwriting and musical integrity for my 20 something generation. See you when you come to town James!!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No, not his best... September 2, 2004
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No, I wouldn't call this his best work. I like 'Where's You Hide The Body', 'It Had To Happen' and 'St. Mary' best. However, McMurtry is one of those artists that you buy all their works. There are no bad songs on any of his CDs. He is a five star act. He has no filler songs...every song has a story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McMurtry is getting Better than his Best! September 17, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
What can I say that hasn't already been said? This latest from McMurtry is, if possible, BETTER than his Where'd You Hide the Body and Lost in the Wasteland, both of which I thought could never be bested! Everything that he traditionally does well, he does BRILLIANTLY on this one. I especially adore the title track, Every Little Bit Counts, Fast As I Can, and Comfortable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real gem June 13, 2013
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McMurtry is probably the best singer/songwriter in America today. This is a great example of his early, lessor known material tthat's every bit as good as the ones that make it on the air.
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5.0 out of 5 stars walk between the rain drops
If you have ever saw him in a live show ,you will really like walk between the rain drops.makes you want to dance
Published 21 months ago by Burford
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific
Everything by James Mcmurtry is worth hearing - he's a great story teller and a great musician. If you ever get a chance, go see him and his band in concert.
Published 23 months ago by debjean
4.0 out of 5 stars James McMurtry - Walk Between the Raindrops
The song "Tired Of Walking" pretty much sets the tone for this outing ... James McMurtry wants to ride, and to that end he's concentrated on the music more than his dyslexic first... Read more
Published 23 months ago by R. Kesler
4.0 out of 5 stars First Time Listener ........
This is the first James McMurty album I have listened to, so I cannot compare it with any other albums he has done. Read more
Published on April 24, 2012 by JBB1
5.0 out of 5 stars great roots music
I really enjoy McMurtry's rootsy style. Thanks go to WNCS 104.7 FM The Point in Vermont for turning me on to him.
Published on January 11, 2007 by Erin Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff
Intelligent, emotional, quriky. I agree with previous reviews: "Why isn't his music onthe radio 24/7?"
Published on March 2, 2001 by Rachel Weaver
5.0 out of 5 stars James McMurtry knows how to craft a song!
I was lucky to go to high school in Virginia with James. One day in 1989 I turned on the radio and heard "Too Long in the Wasteland". Read more
Published on September 24, 1998 by Jordan Bain (
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