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You'll Never Get to Heaven

Bill MorrisseyAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 16, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Philo / Umgd
  • ASIN: B0000003W9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,405 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars "You'll Never Get to Heaven" February 22, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Burnet Pearce
Bill Morrissey is a singer/songwriter who has faced and overcome many obstacles in his life. Being a college dropout, he never really had many options in the working world. He went from job to job, never working for more than a few months and never losing sight of his dream. This dream was to become a professional musician, and even through his jobs at gas stations and fast food restaurants, he never failed to create songs. Then, after many years of bar gigs and unanswered prayers, he finally got out of his rut and was given the opportunity to advance. Morrissey's songs arise from his struggles and his periods of ill fate, and just like his life, many of his songs seem to have a redemptive quality in the end. These songs often deal with the many trials of life, and how an individual might deal with those trials. In an interview with Bruce Baker, Morrissey reveals that he is fascinated with "how people make their way in the world," and "what people are willing to do" to get by. His characters tend to personify this fascination, for quite often they find themselves stuck in a hopeless situation, and generally they are faced with a unique and socially unacceptable opportunity to overcome that situation. In his album, You'll Never Get to Heaven, Morrissey presents a nonjudgmental and unbiased look at the things that people are willing to do in order to overcome their obstacles and rid themselves of their despair. The song "When Summer's Ended" is an excellent example of how hope and love can redeem an empty heart. A young woman, with beauty and radiance shining through her, comes to see her old lover, who is still cold and hurt inside.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Different currency" indeed...and valuable as hell September 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I found this at a bargain price a week ago, but I knew nothing about Bill Morrissey. I figured that I trusted Philo/Rounder records to put out work in styles I like, by people worth recording, so I bought it. It took about three songs for me to accept Bill's "lived-in" voice and distinctive phrasing. By the time I heard all of it, I had to start it again. It is such a contrast to the majority of country and even contemporary folk releases, it takes a while to realize how wonderful the album is. Bill has written a mixture of quiet and uptempo songs of uniform quality, but varied emotions. Songs two through five are worth the purchase price along...they just are quirky, true, pleasant offerings that invite repeated listenings. A later song, "Different Currency" is about trading ... for a two-day free ride from far North to warmer Atlanta...but it's also about Bill Morrissey's whole musical approach being of a different currency than just about anyone else's. There are hints of the sensibilities and talents of Harry Chapin, Christine Lavin, Todd Snider, and to my ear and mind, David Clayton Thomas of Blood, Sweat and Tears (although I doubt anyone else will find a similarity there...for some reason, I sensed a kinship although their vocal abilities are disparate.) One of the ways I evaluate the first album I hear from an artist previously unknown to me is to ask myself when I'm through listening "Would I be interested in talking over dinner with this person? Would I pay to see him/her play live?" In Morrissey's case, the answers were Yes and Yes. "You'll never get to heaven" is filled with great arrangements, great choices in instrumentation, great playing that perfectly complements Bill's lyrics and vocalizations. Take a chance on this one if you respect "non-commercial" singer/songwriters of obvious integrity and talent. I have not a shred of musical ability, I've just been a fan of all kinds for 50 years, but I really, really like this offbeat slice of life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hardness and Darkness March 7, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This collection of songs are short stories about people from all walks of life who are isolated in some way and find themselves at the fringes of society. There is a deep undercurrent of the loneliness in the American fabric of life portrayed in these songs. Mr. Morrissey uses an interesting array of musical instruments in his folk tunes including saxophones, tubas,trombones, and the piano. This is a beautiful, and disturbing piece of folk music work.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great introduction to Bill Morrissey May 10, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
First heard the track "When Summer Ended" on a Folk oriented radio station, and I loved it so much I went out and bought the CD that day. I couldn't believe how compelling this guy's voice is - gravelley and full of emotion. He can tell such a story with his ballads, as if he's known for years the people of whom he sings. His songs are sometimes sweet, and sometimes bitter, but they are always evocative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Folk Songs From The Edge" March 24, 2000
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This collection of folksongs is a montage of stories about people living on the edge of society, from all walks of life. It's as if Morrissey has put the painting,"Nighthawks" by Edward Hopper, to music.The songwriting is stark and unique and startling, as is the voice of Mr. Morrissey. Some of music blends almost into jazz riffs. This is truly a beautiful poetic piece of musical work.
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