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on May 30, 2005
"Dangerous Spirits" is perhaps Ray Wylie Hubbard's most spiritual CD. The racuous and rowdy side of Hubbard, as exemplified by "Redneck Mother," isn't much present here. The songs are mostly acoustic, thoughtful and several of them are just plain beautiful.

In addition to acoustic guitar, Ray plays a mean mandolin on a couple of cuts and a harmonica on the deep and dark spiritual "Resurrection;" a variety of girl singers, including Lucinda Williams, and top-notch guitar players like "Buffalo" Ware and Lloyd Maines contribute their talents. The sound is mostly folk rather than country or rock.

Several songs are really outstanding: "Last Train to Amsterdam and "The Last Younger Son" are what Hubbard would call "dark power ballads." "Ballad of the Crimson Kings" and "Crimson Dragon Tattoo" are exquisite up-tempo tunes with a great interplay among voices, mandolin, dobro, acoustic, and electric guitars. I could go on...and on. This CD will grow on you. The songs are quiet and unobtrusive at first listen, but you'll soon appreciate the craftmanship and quality in each of them.

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on November 29, 2012
Ray Wylie Hubbard is one of the most underrated songwriters still roamin' Texas. His talents are up there with the golden oldies, Jerry Jeff Walker, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. His lyrics are usually quite amusing and confusing, but easy to sing along with and his melodies keep your foot involuntarily tappin'. We have seen Ray Wylie live a couple of times in 2012 and he covered his songs from more recent albums such as Snake Farm, Grifters' Hymnal, and A.B. On these more recent albums, Ray Wylie has distanced himself from his original country roots and I would say that today he is more of a bluesman than a country singer.

Recorded in 1997, Dangerous Spirits still demonstrates Ray Wylie's country roots. Ray Wylie's voice in Dangerous Spirits has much less gravel and more country twang than his more recent albums. What makes Dangerous Spirits an excellent album is Ray Wylie's innovative songwriting and instrumentation. The album is dominated by strings - mandolins, acoustic six strings, acoustic twelve strings, and electric guitars. The lyrics of the songs are about life, but not some normal and typical life - they are about a Ray Wylie perspective on life. There is nothing normal or typical about Ray Wylie Hubbard.

The best song on the album, in my opinion, is called Last Train to Amsterdam and the lyrics are filled with scarecrows and black crows, preachers and a blonde in a thunderbird, and hobos and hitchhikers. I have no idea what Ray Wylie is getting at with the song, but that just makes the album more interesting.

Liner notes are excellent with full lyrics, who plays what on each song, and credits.

Not a bad tune on this album. Two thumbs up.
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on September 20, 2017
Duuude!
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on March 22, 2014
Best known for writing 'Up against the wall redneck mothers' made famous by Jerry Jeff Walker, this album shows how talented Ray Wylie Hubbard is. Great songs, great guitar, classic Outlaw Country master!
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on September 24, 2016
Another great album by Ray Wylie Hubbard.
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on September 30, 2014
great music
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on June 13, 2016
Who doesn't love Ray Wylie Hubbard?
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on April 12, 2015
there are enough "must have" tunes it's quicker, easier and less expensive to just buy the whole album
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on September 1, 2014
My new favorite artist! I am playing this CD to death. I cannot for the life of me figure out how Ray never became a bigger commercial success.
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on November 22, 2015
An older record.Brilliant as always tho!
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