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pretty world - Repackaged 2014

Sam BakerAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BlueLimeStone Records
  • ASIN: B000U1ZKTK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,992 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Juarez 2. Orphan 3. Slots 4. Pretty World 5. Odessa 6. Sweetly Undone 7. Psychic 8. Boxes 9. Prelude to Pretty World 10. Broken Fingers 11. Days 12. Recessional Pretty World - Sam Baker

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Pretty World' is timeless. --Gurf Morlix

Atmospheric, haunting --John Lomax III

Atmospheric, haunting --John Lomax III

Atmospheric, haunting --John Lomax III

Product Description

Currently #1 on the Euro-Americana Chart, this is the bookend CD to the critically acclaimed mercy by noted Texas musician, Sam Baker. Celebrating the ugly and the exquisite, pretty world lays bare the honest truths and simple details that we call life. With guest musicians Lloyd Maines, Fats Kaplan, Gurf Morlix and others.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Is Why We Listen To Music August 22, 2007
Format:Audio CD
There aren't a lot of perfect CDs in this world, but this is about as close as it's possible to get. From opening to close every word, every inflection, every phrase, every note, every chord -- everydamnthing for that matter -- is flawless.

Easy vocal comparisons to John Prine's best efforts are immediately apparent. Listen deeper and you'll reflect on Tom Waits's operatic narrative and Warren Zevon's superb satirical wit. Mr. Baker's songwriting is direct lineage from Woody Guthrie, a position Bruce Springsteen has justifiably assumed in the past few years.

Only the great Dave Alvin is less widely acknowledged as a genuine musical treasure.

Altogether, some major-serious company by any standards.

The title track is just brilliant. "Orphan," "Broken Fingers," and "Slots" are its equal. During the first listen, I knew these tunes will be in my mind forever.

Call me over-the-edge, but this could very well wind up as my personal Pick of the Year for '07, certainly no less than Top 5.

The only downside is that Mr. Baker's talent sadly may get lost in today's sorry musical environment. He's too good for programmed radio and doesn't neatly fit into rock or country. Pray satellite radio picks up this CD so Mr. Baker can receive his just rewards as one of the freshest and most honestly original artists to put out a release in a very, very long time.

This is why we listen to music folks. Support Sam Baker and buy both this and his previous CD called "Mercy."

You might just save, or at least restore, your faith in the redemptive qualities of music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb October 30, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Baker was riding a train to Machu Picchu in Peru in 1986 when a backpack bomb hidden in the compartment over his head exploded. Seven people died. Baker almost made it eight. The blast destroyed part of his left shoulder, severed the femoral artery in his left leg, punctured his eardrums, and mangled his left (fretting) hand. It took him years to recover. As he did, Baker, who had worked as a boatman and a carpenter, turned to poetry. Eventually, he began playing live, strumming guitar lefthanded.

He's not much of a vocalist, but he's an expressive singer, using emphasis and timing to make the most of a craggy croak that immediately brings to mind John Prine.

Like Prine, Van Zandt and Lucinda Williams, he's a superb storyteller with an economical and effective style. So effective that he doesn't need choruses on all the songs on "Pretty World," his second disc, to draw you into the rhythm. On a couple of cuts, he uses standards -- Stephen Foster's "Hard Times Come Again No More" and "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot" -- as preludes and his words match up to the classics.

"Hard Times" opens "Odessa," the tale of a boy who killed a girl rolling his Corvette. He inherits daddy's oil money, never learned to work and never forgot the girl. "He's an old man now; Lives on his dead daddy's place. Never took a wife; he is going to die without a trace. See he loved the girl who was penned in the Vette; Talks to her everyday. Her face was blood and diamonds; he remembers her that way."

The sound is spare with just enough framing from a backing band fronted by Walt Wilkins and augmented by guests including Lloyd Maines (Natalie's dad), Gurf Morlix and Fats Kaplin. Marcia Ramirez offers counterpoint vocals on several cuts.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare talent October 15, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I had never heard of Sam Baker until I was surfing My Space and came across his page. I listened to a few bars of one of the songs from his first cd Mercy, which I have also ordered. This guy is amazing. His haunting melodies, and unique vocal stylings that are a mixture of talk and melody just stick with you. They hit your soul.

There is not a bad cut in the pack and Odesssa, Slots, and Juarez will stick with me like glue. Boxes brought me to tears, and the title cut settled me on an uneasy night. Broken Fingers left me with questions? What a gift to find a new artist I can embrace. Thank you Sam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of 2007? March 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I bought this CD on the somebody elses recommendation and to be honest usually doesn't work well for me. I was very surprised. This CD is categorized as country but it is more like an alternative folk.

Sam Baker is quite a poet. The topic of his music is very approachable and relevant to the average person. I think some people may be turned off by his voice that isn't pretty. Think of something between Tom Waits and Bob Dylan.

The music is minimal allowing concentration on his exceptional song writing. There is not a bad track on this disc. Even Days which is done in Spanish is so pleasing that you kind of forget that it's not in English. My favorites are Boxes and Juarez.

This has been a largely overlook CD that I truly believe deserves both critical and popular recognition. Buy this CD. You won't be disappointed. Even my 16 year old daughter loves it.

2013 Update: After 5 years I still have this CD in heavy rotation. The emotion Sam is able to convey thru these songs is just incredible to me. My music taste's go all over the place but this is one of my favorite albums ever by anybody.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it's great-especially PRETTY WORLD
Published 21 days ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I'm not a fan of country but his is a very moving CD with imagery that haunts.
Published 24 days ago by Tony Bernstone
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music
Sam is simply the best! If you don't know Sam or his music listen to his interview with Terri Gross on NPR's Fresh Air.
Published 2 months ago by Politico
5.0 out of 5 stars Opening his world
I heard Sam Baker interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air and it just stopped me in my tracks. His music is so heartfelt, so real that I feel I've been given the chance to enter the world... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Art K
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
A true Texas poet sharing tales of everyday life. Everyone can relate to Sam Bakers music..Americana at its best! A must have!
Published 17 months ago by Jim Hundley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful stories
Sam Baker is such an evocative singer and songwriter. I love his stories, and the great understated emotion with which he delivers them.
Published 22 months ago by G. Hack
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible songwriter who really needs to be discovered.
The music of Texas-based singer-songwriter Sam Baker was new to me..... until I heard him sing in a "song circle" with his fellow Texan Jimmy LaFave at this year's annual... Read more
Published on April 24, 2011 by Steven I. Ramm
5.0 out of 5 stars Songwriter/Singer
Pretty World is an excellent CD: the music and singing is to support the lyrics, allowing concentration on his exceptional song writing. Read more
Published on July 28, 2008 by H. Oberman
5.0 out of 5 stars 'pretty world' is pretty impressive
Sam Baker's second CD, 'pretty world' is an excellent followup to 'Mercy'. This guy has a raw delivery and edits his pieces down to the essence without a wasted word. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Kenneth T. Connors
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty indeed ....
Sam Baker's second album keeps what the first one promised : here is a great new singer/songwriter and a new star in contemporary songs .
What a talent ! Read more
Published on September 28, 2007 by G. Gensbygel
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