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An American Trilogy Box set

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Deluxe four CD box set from the songwriting great includes the original albums Looks Like Rain, 'Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help The Child, plus a disc of previously unreleased demos, single tracks, and a live radio performance. Drag City.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Write a Song a Song / Angeline - Mickey Newbury
  2. She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye - Mickey Newbury
  3. I Don't Think Much About Her No More - Mickey Newbury
  4. T. Total Tommy - Mickey Newbury
  5. 33rd of August / When the Baby in My Lady Gets the Blues - Mickey Newbury
  6. San Francisco Mabel Joy - Mickey Newbury
  7. Looks Like Baby's Gone - Mickey Newbury

Disc: 2

  1. An American Trilogy
  2. How Many Times (Must the Piper Be Paid for His Song)
  3. Interlude
  4. The Future's Not What It Used to Be
  5. Mobile Blue
  6. Frisco Depot
  7. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby
  8. Interlude - Mickey Newbury
  9. Remember the Good - Mickey Newbury
  10. Swiss Cottage Place - Mickey Newbury
  11. How I Love Them Old Songs - Mickey Newbury

Disc: 3

  1. Heaven Help the Child
  2. Good Morning Dear
  3. Sunshine
  4. Sweet Memories
  5. Why You Been Gone So Long
  6. Cortelia Clark
  7. Song for Susan
  8. San Francisco Mabel Joy

Disc: 4

  1. If You Want Me To, I'll Go
  2. Sunshine
  3. Sad Satin Rhyme
  4. Why You Been Gone So Long
  5. I Don't Wanna Rock
  6. Let Me Stay Awhile
  7. Flower Man
  8. Good Morning Dear
  9. On Top Of Old Smokey
  10. Interlude: How Many Times (Has The Piper Been Paid For His Song)
  11. Better Days
  12. How I Love Them Old Songs
  13. I Don't Wanna Rock
  14. Big City Woman
  15. You're Not My Sweet Baby


Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 17, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Drag City
  • ASIN: B004Y6CUKO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #471,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 17, 2011
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Four discs 41,39,37,44 minutes each approximately. The digitally mastered sound, from the original tapes, is clean, immediate, and open. Each disc is in a separate cardboard sleeve with subtle graphics in keeping with the overall presentation. The 95 page (!) booklet contains essays and some original liner notes by Chris Campion, Ben Fog Torres, Kris Kristofferson, Kenny Rogers, Will Oldham, and others. Also included are many (small) b&w and color photos throughout the booklet. Taken together, this is a very fine overview of Newbury, his writing, his arrangements, and the era. Also included is a fairly large (folded) map of the U.S., with certain locales pinpointed, with explanations underneath the map-a nice touch. On the back of the map are the lyrics to the songs that make up this trilogy. The outer box itself is a work of art befitting Newbury's talents-from the embossed graphics on the lid, to the choice of the roughish cardboard used, and other small but significant touches. This box set puts other sets to shame, and is a fine example of what a record label who cares about an artist is capable of doing-it's understated yet classy. This is advertised on the box itself as a "limited edition box set", so if you want it, buy it now rather than later. This box set is manufactured in Berlin.

THE NEW EDITION OF THIS SET IS PACKAGED DIFFERENTLY. Instead of a box, the discs are inside a "wallet style" cardboard holder, which opens into five pockets that house the discs and the booklet-there are no individual sleeves. The booklet is 24 pages not 95 pages as in my import edition. There's no map or lyrics in this edition either. That first edition can still be purchased through Amazon.
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Years ago I had all these on vinyl and would lie down at night when everything was quiet and listen to them. At first I was stunned upon hearing all the weird weather like sounds between tracks and soon realized with awe what a talent Mickey was. I saw him a couple times on different TV shows and couldn't understand why he wasn't a big star. I acquired everything I could find of his and loved all of it. Unfortunately when I was in the military all of my records were lost or stolen. Now having purchased this box set and listening to Mickey again I appreciate the music even more. I would suggest to anyone, go buy this set, don't wait for soon it will be out of stock, music this great doesn't stay available for long. Put the CD's on, lie down,close your eyes and marvel at what a gifted singer Mickey Newbury was.
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A plaintive singer, a great songwriter, a poet who could make you cry....Excellent recording, crisp, vibrant....deep in the south, a country singer vagabond...way before his time....
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The quality of these remastered gems is incredible. To know Mickey Newbury's music is to love it. This is a great purchase.
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Mickey Newbury is my mentor, and I would not be the good songwriter I feel I am if it wasn't for him. This collection of his great tunes will show anyone the absolute magic he had with creating beautiful songs. I will truly miss Mickey.
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He wrote so many songs that were made popular by other singers and never seemed to achieve the same popularity singing his own material. I really like this album. In fact, I prefer his voice and renditions better than the mainstream performers who recorded his music. Truth be told, I just "discovered" him about a year ago, via iTunes. Now I have copies of pretty much all his albums. Give it a listen on Amazon, then decide.
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