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Buenas Noches From a Lonely Room CD

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Yoakam's third album finds him more daring in his incorporation of Creedence-style rock guitar fills--Pete Anderson, take a bow--and Tex-Mex polka into his Bakersfield stomp. Class resentment and murderous jealousy color this disc much more than its predecessors; "I Sang Dixie" is one of the all-time great I'm-just-a-country-boy-in-this-mean-ol'-city songs. And while Yoakam's version of "Home of the Blues" doesn't muster the drama of Johnny Cash's original, he'll forever deserve props for resurrecting the Buck Owens obscurity "Streets of Bakersfield"--not to mention duet partner Owens's then-dormant career. --Rickey Wright
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • ASIN: B000002LEY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,083 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on January 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is an album of mostly sad songs, but they are all excellent. This was recorded at a time when Dwight was at his commercial peak. His more recent albums are just as good but radio stations are interested in other singers these days so hits are harder to come by.
This album yielded three major country hits - I got you, I sang Dixie and the duet with Buck Owens, Streets of Bakersfield, which Buck originally recorded in the mid-seventies. The title track is outstanding, while the other original songs here (One more name, What I don't know, Floyd county and Hold on to God) are all brilliant, as are the covers of Home of the blues (Johnny Cash) and Send me the pillow (Hank Locklin).
I hear you knocking, although a cover of a fifties song, is not the famous one that was an American hit for Gale Storm in the fifties and an international hit for Dave Edmunds in 1971. This is a different song although there are some similarities.
This is one of many great Dwight Yoakam albums.
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By thestaxman on September 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Watch Out is the title of a 2005 Yoakam song and current staple of his live shows. That's what the giants of Country music must have thought after this milestone in Yoakam's remarkable career. He burst onto the scene with two albums that though steeped in tradition put him squarely on the cutting edge. His articulate and accurate critiques of the Nashville establishment didn't help, but it was his innovative sound that set him apart from the field. Somehow he was too Country, but also rocked too hard. It was like being too strong and fast to play football.

So Yoakam famously moved to California where he gained attention and a record deal. This album features his only number one Country hits, "Streets of Bakersfield", a duet with Bakersfield's King, Buck Owens, and the Yoakam original "I Sang Dixie". But to me the strength of this album is the first half. Which, if owned when released in 1988, would be Side 1 most likely for many on cassette or LP. Kicking off with the great "I Got You", featuring lines like "I got a letter from the folks over at Bell, just to let me know my next phone call, I'll have to walk outside and yell", through his Johnny Cash cover "Home of the Blues" which far surpasses the Man in Black's original, and into his paranoid lover's rant of "What I Don't Know", some have said the first side has an overall theme as if the artist is taking the listener through a doomed relationship.

There have been rumors in Hollywood amongst Yoakam enthusiasts I'm sure (he has many - Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, Vince Vaughn, Billy Bob Thornton, to name a few) about a film based on this half, particularly the title track, "Buenos Noches from a Lonely Room (She Wore Red Dresses)". When I first heard the song, I actually had to pause the CD when it finished.
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The other night I was watching the 2011 Academy of Country Music Awards and it left me with a deep feeling of sadness regarding the state of country music today. To get the awful taste of that out of my head I played this album. There is nothing like the real thing.
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A far departure from today's country, Dwight Yoakam never lets his fans down. He remains true to old country/rockabilly, the sound and musicians who inspired him, like the duet with Buck Owens in "Bakersfield" or the classic Hank Locklin "Send Me The Pillow".

This CD radiates that sound of lonliness, whether it's livin' lovin' and leavin' songs or just plain down and out and broke like "I Got You". Dwight's voice is so original, never can anyone sound like him. The music is toe-tappin that always features great guitar sounds! And, the "I Hear You Knockin'" is a a different song than the popular one known by Dave Edmunds; this is excellent too.

Every song here is a gem; it's that Dwight Yoakam sound!

With the rash of maufactured country singers today...please INTRODUCE SOMEONE to Dwight Yoakam .....Rizzo
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This album is worth the effort based on the Buck Owens duet, "Streets of Bakersfield". Dwight singing with his idol is cool stuff.
I have always had an affinity for the sad country boy song, "I Sang Dixie". Dwight's wailing vocals bring this song to it's saddest best.
Dwight Yoakam is a true original!
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Dwight's third album is a standout. Although he has a couple of other albums that contain, overall, better songs, this particular album seems to push the envelope a little. There seems to be a Merle Haggard influence in many of these songs, and there is an obvious Buck Owens flavor to the entire album. "She Wore Red Dresses" is probably one of the most daring country songs recorded in the 80's. How many other artists sang about killing a cheating wife during that decade? It's dark sound and vengeful lyrics make it the star of this playlist. "I Sang Dixie" is a personal favorite. "I Got You" and "Streets of Bakersfield" have a man-against-the-system feel to them. Other good songs on this album include "Send Me The Pillow" and "Hold On to God." Overall, a good album with four great songs. As always, Pete Anderson's talent almost overshadows the star-power of Dwight. A perfect beginner's album to introduce you to Dwight Yoakam.
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