Blue Earth Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
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Audio CD, Extra tracks, Original recording reissued, April 22, 2003
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On "Blue Earth" though, one song appeals to me more than any other Jayhawks tune; "ain't no end". It doesn't get mentioned in reviews but I think it's one of their finest. Olson's charismatic vocal style and Louris' dirty and loose guitar work make this one a real stunner. The 3 bonus tracks are also worthy inclusions. "Blue Earth" is raw, unpolished and unashamedly country - in a very good way.
The Jayhawks come across on this record as standard-bearers for the Neil Young/ Gram Parsons school of country rock, with a healthy dose of pop smarts that seem to be missing from most other country rock bands. As they went through two more albums, they became less and less country but no less pastoral in their overall vision. Mark Olsen called it a day in 1995 to spend more time with wife Victoria Williams and Louris opted to keep the band going and going in a new direction. But Blue Earth is about the finest country record of it's generation and it appears on Twintone, the home of the Replacements. This is a recommendation in itself, never mind the fact that the songs are among the strongest written in the genre. Country acts starved of decent material need look no further.
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i don't find this disc as compelling as hollywood town hall, but then again, to me HTH is the crown jewel of their work, i rate this equal to their Tomorrow... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by Amazon Customer
This record is killer. Just a little quieter than Hollywood Town Hall, which I consider a wonderful set. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by G. Wallace
The Jayhawks' second album, and the earliest that was available until the re-release of their eponymous debut album. Read morePublished on April 12, 2011 by Koyote
First off, let me qualify this critique by mentioning that the Minneapolis-based Jayhawks are my favorite band. Read morePublished on August 27, 2010 by B. Boy
When I saw these guys live in a bar in Minneapolis back in 1988 (I was there organizing an anti-war protest, and was taken to see "the best band in town" by an anarchist... Read morePublished on June 23, 2009 by Autonomeus
This album is essential to a Jayhawks collection. The better-known "Hollywood Town Hall" and "Tomorrow The Green Grass" albums are great, but somewhat over-arranged and... Read morePublished on July 9, 2006 by freereign
i loved tomorrow the green grass and have rainy day music in my cd player right now. this seems to be an effort to capitalize on the recent success of rainy day music by dragging... Read morePublished on April 2, 2004 by Christopher M. Adair
Theres no getting around it, with or without Mark Olson, The Jayhawks are undisputedly some of the most talented musicians in the music world today. Read morePublished on October 30, 2003 by Erik C.
This is a great album but a tinge too country. Louris and Perlman have certain proven that they can put out an excellent recording without Olson. Read morePublished on June 11, 2003