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Washington Square Serenade [Ltd Ed CD/DVD Combo featuring 35 minute documentary and 3 acoustic performances] [Color]

Steve EarleAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Color
  • Label: New West Records
  • ASIN: B000UNM4CO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,266 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Tennessee Blues
2. Down Here Below
3. Satellite Radio
4. City Of Immigrants (with Forro In The Dark)
5. Sparkle And Shine
6. Come Home to Me
7. Jericho Road
8. Oxycontin Blues
9. Red Is The Color
10. Steve s Hammer (For Pete)
11. Day s Aren t Long Enough (with Allison Moorer)
12. Way Down In The Hole

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The DVD includes an exclusive behind-the-scenes exploration of the inspiration behind Washington Square Serenade. It includes an extensive interview capturing Steve s insights, opinions and observations on a wide range of topics, a tour of some of his favorite spots in Greenwich Village, and 3 performances filmed in the legendary Electric Lady Studios.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From the Guitar Town to Greenwich Village September 25, 2007
Format:Audio CD
It's been 3 years since Steve Earle released a new studio album. In that time, George W. Bush has been reelected, Steve got married again to the beautiful Allison Moorer, and he packed up his Nashville paraphernalia and moved to the city. New York City, to be exact. In fact, if you don't already know it, Steve now resides on the same block so famously pictorially memorialized on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, and it's very clear from listening to him that he takes the spirit of Greenwich Village very seriously and very much to his corazón.

With all that in mind, Steve's new gift to music is Washington Square Serenade, an album of 11 originals and 1 cover. Recorded in the famed Electric Lady studios, the album is different from his others by default, because as he says right in the bonus disc's interviews, he now "tests positive for ProTools." This is immediately apparent from the album's beginning, which has drum beats and samples throughout the 12 tracks. If you can get past the beats, you've got a pretty darn good album ahead of you.

The album begins with Steve's farewell to Nashville, "Tennessee Blues." Personally, I think the acoustic-only version is better (more on that later), but the lyrics are downright beautiful--"Blue dog on my floorboard, redhead by my side, cross the mighty Hudson River to the New York City side. Redhead by my side, boys, sweetest thing I've found. Goodbye, Guitar Town"--and a perfect goodbye to the place he used to call home. Next comes "Down Here Below," a mostly spoken-word song about the resident NYC red-tailed hawk Pale Male that is very reminiscent of the Drive-By Truckers' "A World of Hurt." Steve's voice is hypnotizing on it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye Tennessee--Hello NYC October 24, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I heard a radio review just as Steve was leaving Nashville. He said after 20 plus years, TN was still too redneck for him--so he was leaving with his girlfriend for Greenwich Village.

Like most of Earle's songs, this CD reflects his thoughts and concerns with his own life and the world around him: "Tennessee Blues" reflects this trend:

Sunset in my mirror, pedal on the floor
Bound for New York City and I won't be back no more
Won't be back no more, boys won't see me around
Goodbye guitar town

"City of Immigrants" the somewhat overplayed single from this CD talks about his love for his new home:

Livin' in a city where the streets are paved
With good intentions and a people's faith
In the sacred promise a statue made
Livin' in a city of immigrants

Probably my favorite is "Steve's Hammer" which is a dedication to Pete. Catchy tune with a strong beat and message:

One of these nights I'm gonna sing a different tune
All night long beneath the silvery moon
When the war is over
And the union's strong
Won't sing no more angry songs
One of these nights I'm gonna sing a different tune

"Satellite Radio" is a reflection on the trends in broadcasting and one DJ's wondering whether anyone's listening to him or not.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a GREAT artist transition.... September 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Let me say...from the first song of "Guitar Town" ....oh those decades ago...I started a love/like relationship with Steve Earle. I love most all of Guitar Town..and since then I've loved many tunes and "I'm Allright" is an awesome album...IMHO. I listen to Steve Earle albums...WANTING to love them... and I did with this one. Steve is a true artist, tortured, talented and restless as any I've ever been aware of. I agree with another reviewer that "Tennessee Blues" is much better acoustic on the DVD than "produced" on the CD...some of the songs just have a "demo" feel to them with production values that don't seem well thought out. Bottom line..for me ...this sounds like a box of song demos found in his apartment after he dissapeared or worse and is being released without his permission.
All that said Stever Earle's "experiments" are better than 99.9% of the other songwriter/singers best ofs! I could live without his expletives printed in his liner notes directed at political commentators he doesn't agree with...and the next video they shoot I'd recommend keeping the camera off the top of his head....maybe the ZZTop Beard and Long hair have him fooled that he's not bald but its a ridiculous look IMHO. If you are a fan pretty much have to take the journey...and the DVD certainly has some wonderful moments so I'd recommend that package. If you aren't a fan...get GUITAR TOWN, I'm Allright or The Definitive Collection and become one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Steve! September 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
I have always throughly enjoyed the music of Steve Earle. However I was slightly let down by his last two albums (The Revolution Starts...Now, and Jerusalem). That's not to say they were bad, simply not quite up to par with his earlier works. But I'm happy to report that this album is a return to excellence for Steve. It's not my all time favorite, that honor goes to Transcendental Blues, but it is great nonetheless and I certainly recommend it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Will this be Steve Earle's over-looked forgotten masterpiece?
It took me a while but I finally got on to Washington Square Serenade....
This is top notch Steve Earle like none before... a must have !!
I wanted it to be soo good when it came out then was turned off by Satellite Radio
and City Of Immigrants, both of which were heavily played on the radio...
Take out those 2 songs and you have a perfect album...

Some have said WSS comes off as Steve talking or rambling through songs ranting
and raving about more Steve Earle complaints... This is not the case...
WSS is full of acoustic serenades about life, women and love.

The facts are I have become VERY fond of WSS...
I think it is going to take over the #1 spot !!

The beginning notes of Tennessee Blues immediately grab you and is a preview
of the rest of the cd.....minus Immigrants and satellite radio songs....
I can't get enough of Down Here Below, Sparkle and Shine, Down in the Hole..
It's a national treasure to have this type of music marked as "American Made".

If you are into driving acoustic finger-picked ballads that rock - look no further.
Steve Earle has miraculously come out with what is essentially a masterpiece.
Maybe even his best yet... Which doesn't seem feasible to accomplish such a feat.

Real musicians "age like wine" and Steve Earle is a "real" musician..
In time - - It only gets better ..

The DVD is a real winner here and is worth the extra cash..

Highly Recommended for ALL Ages
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Steve!
Expect the unexpected from Steve. He is so talented and is always evolving. I love that he can still surprise me.
Published 5 months ago by Karla
5.0 out of 5 stars The documentary DVD is well worth the extra $$.
Great Steve Earle songs, and history of the Village too! A must for any true folkie or wanna-be protest singer.
Published 8 months ago by Nelson Brent Rader
5.0 out of 5 stars Steve Earle's music of appreciation.
I saw Steve preform live before I ever heard the songs of this album. I think in the last couple of years more music is heading in a new direction of gratitude, acceptance, and... Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Ryan Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars The best yet!!
This by far is the best Steve Earle album to date. Every Earle fan should have this one.All the songs are well done, and the DVD is excellent.
Published on October 28, 2008 by Raymond D. Windsor
5.0 out of 5 stars Great songs, great musicianship, (good job on 'The Wire')
I think each Steve Earle cd is better than the last. Some people suck after they get sober, not the case here.
Some people suck by the time they turn 50, not the case here. Read more
Published on September 23, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars Washington Square Seranade
A must for anyone who enjoys contemorary folk, or folk rock music. You can get the album alone, or get it with a 35 minute video. I got both,and found the album very good . Read more
Published on March 18, 2008 by Ronald Noonoo
5.0 out of 5 stars rockin' good news!!!!.....
...Rockin' good news from the Zeus of Country soul!!...he's a neuw-yawk-cidee homeboy now!!!....PEACE & LOVE
Published on December 23, 2007 by Daniel K. Mclaughlin
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, but not the best
I've been listening to Earle's work since the beginning, and his voice and lyrics have always been very consistent. Read more
Published on November 13, 2007 by D. B. Christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Country boy in the City makes Good
Steve Earle has taken his made-in-the-country sound to New York and found the heart of the city on his new release Washington Square Serenade. Read more
Published on October 25, 2007 by Lester Friedman
4.0 out of 5 stars Back to form... almost
Earle's last two albums were little more than red meat to the similarly politically inclined that offered nothing to anyone else. Read more
Published on October 6, 2007 by Andy Jennsen
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