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Fly Me Courageous Original recording reissued

4.6 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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Drivin' & Cryin', a longtime staple in Southern rock circles, finally found a national audience with the release of Fly Me Courageous. The Atlanta-based rockers scored three hits off this album, including "Build A Fire" (#15 Mainstream Rock), "Fly Me Courageous" (#15 Modern Rock), and "The Innocent" (#31 Mainstream Rock).
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued
  • Label: American Beat Records
  • ASIN: B000PSJD0A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #422,015 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Brian D. Rubendall HALL OF FAME on April 24, 2000
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"Fly Me Courageous" is the best D'n'C album by such a wide margin it is scary. Never before (or since) have they shown such a remarkable ability to write great songs. Need an example? Try "Around the Bloock Again," the title track, "For You" or "Let's Go Dancin'." The guitar work is excellent and the lyrics are amazing in their depth. Few hard rock bands ever achieve this level of mastery. Fans of Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers in particular should apprieciate it.
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This is how rock records should sound - fresh! Listening even today there's no sign of cliches or recycled ideas. It's a great sound - a twinge of the south and a crunch of arena rock blended together.
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The same year that this was released my younger brother finally succumbed to a disease that no person should have to suffer from. The person who I thought was the love of my life also left me that year. In Idaho we have a lot of country roads almost completely devoid of traffic so I did a fair amount of what the band was called and found that this particular flavor of the month band had songs that were quite appealing to me. I played it for friends who also enjoyed it but I'm always in search of the new next best thing and it was forgotten. One day I was going through a box of old cassettes (Yes, my old tapes) and found this again. I went to Amazon and downloaded it immediately. I still love it after all these years.
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I grew up on this disc. There are albums out there that when you listen to them they take you back. This is it for me. Virtually the whole album is significant. The Innocent and Fly Me Courageous are just about as good as it gets. If you have never heard Drivin' n Cryin', do yourself a favor and at least listen. Great stuff.
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This is one of those records that even with major label Island's push for DnC to rock out more it only moved the band into more fertile territory. Perhaps it's partly due to Geoff Workman's (the producer Island strongly advised) knowing how to produce hard rock with the musical sense to let Drivin n Cryin's uniqueness not be buried. True, this was an overall harder rock record for the band, but their melodious country and folk elements were present.

I'd say "Fly Me Courageous" was a wholly complete success with every song being very good and a few all-time greats. This album has a great swagger like The Stones permeated throughout their catalog. It really helps that Kinney wrote like a world weary highly polished rock poet to which the band was fully capable of realizing what he was saying, and Workman only helped realize this on tape. This is a classic rock album you can listen to 20-years later and still sounding fresh. Tasty guitars wall to wall and that fantastic powerful Kinney nasally/raspy vocals. While most every album the band put out had some memorable songs, this one had not a wasted track, all killer and no filler.

This album, along with Guadal Canal Diary's 2x4, made me a believer that REM wasn't the only southern band that could rock out with literacy and not be in any way pigeonholed as a "southern rock band" because here was great rock n roll not relying heavily on the blues. This is infectious stuff kind of like hard rock candy. These guys don't need no stinkin' keyboards (even if The Stones proved that could be done right, sometimes, too). For those about to rock that haven't heard this album yet just buy it because there will be no regrets. Highly recommended.
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Shake in a dash of honky tonk, mix with some basic blues, and fry it up crispy-like with southern style spice and you’ve got Drivin’N’Cryin’s “Fly Me Courageous”. This is a solid album with no filler and all of the songs are good. D’N’C don’t cry in their beer over lost love but criticize the (then) goings on in politics and society. I don’t think that there’s any that stand head and shoulders well above the others but some of my favorites are the plaintive hope of “Together”, the raucous and rambunctious “Rush Hour” (great fun guitar on this one), and title track stutter step “Fly Me Courageous”.
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dnc's label, Island, pushed Kevn Kinney, et al toward mainstream hard rock with this release, hoping to get a band that would both rock and possess universal appeal through superior, socially-conscious songwriting (like Midnight Oil or late-80s rem). The result is the band's best-selling record, _Fly Me Courageous_. The increased contribution of hard rock guitarist Buren Fowler and the paring down of the softer side of dnc's personality led to a solid rock record which featured memorable, melodic riffs and rock radio tunes such as the title song, "Build a Fire," and "The Innocent." The country-fied "For You" balances the bombast, as does the Petty-esque "Let's Go Dancing," but mostly the band goes for the "Rockin' in the Free World" approach. Producer Geoff Workman (whose credits include Motley Crue) adds considerable polish to the band's sound, but while it almost put them over the top, the record is not quite as unique as their previous two efforts.
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I listened to this album endlessly as a teenager in the 90's and every song stuck in my head. On a recent flight home, I decided to look it up again on my mp3 player and was surprised at how fresh the album sounded and every bit as good as I remember it being. There are a number of stand out tracks (already mentioned in previous reviews) but pretty much every song has its charm and gets its hooks into you. The sound is somewhere between Soul Asylum and Red Hot Chili Peppers, with crisp guitar work throughout. Kevn Kinney's vocals might not be to everyone's liking, which might help explain the "one good song" reviews, but there's a lot here to like if your listening tastes are a little varied. This is a classic 90's rock album that deserves more attention.
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