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More a Legend Than a Band Import

4.3 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews

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Reissue of the only recordings made in 1972 by this legendary, short-lived, country band from Lubbock, TX. Mostly original songs featuring the lead vocals of Jimmie Dale Gilmore-with Butch Hancock and Joe Ely lending vocal and instrumental support with occasional guest appearances by Steve Wesson on musical saw! Country with a mystical touch- Dallas; You've Never Seen Me Cry; Tonight I Think I'm Going Downtown; Rose from the Mountain and more.

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More a legend than a band because, even though the Flatlanders included the likes of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely, and Butch Hancock, their 1972 album wasn't actually released on vinyl until 1980 and on CD until 1990. By then, that trio of singer-songwriters had become solo stars. But this long-lost debut isn't just historically interesting. Gilmore songs here, such as "Dallas" and "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown," have become folk-country classics, and the old-time arrangements--often featuring little more than guitar, Dobro, and (on a few cuts) musical saw--are quite haunting, as are Gilmore's piercing lead vocals. --David Cantwell

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Dallas
  2. Tonight I'm Gonna Go Downtown
  3. You've Never Seen Me Cry
  4. She Had Everything
  5. Rose From The Mountain
  6. One Day At A Time
  7. Jole Blon
  8. Down In My Hometown
  9. Bhagavan Decreed
  10. The Heart You Left Behind
  11. Keeper Of The Mountain
  12. Stars In My Life
  13. One Road More


Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 31, 1994)
  • Original Release Date: October 31, 1994
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Rounder
  • ASIN: B0000002C1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,885 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Flatlanders may be "more a legend than a band," but this album is a legacy that will always live on. The group uses a wide array of instruments and vocal techniques to create a sound that is both layered and elegently simple. "Dallas" may be one of the best country/folk songs ever recorded. Even if you don't like country music, you owe it to yourself to pick up this album. You will be won over.
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By A Customer on July 15, 2004
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13 soulful twangy perfect gems. Yes, there's a saw being played amongst the other instruments, but it just adds to the feeling of other-worldliness on this legendary recording. I was delighted and moved by this CD; so much so that it is high up on my list of essential recordings, and I listen to A LOT of music. Perhaps not for everyone, but for anyone who likes great songs and great performances, and anyone who wants to be swept away to the lonesome plains of West Texas.
Those who liked it when country went pop need not apply. This is for folks who like *real* country.
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I bought this a few years ago based on reading a review. I was not really into country all that much or altcountry. I have since become a fan of alt country. But there are songs on here that make your mind reel. "Dallas" and "I think I'm gonna go downtown" are two really great songs sung in that Jimmie Dale Gilmore seemingly 1920's vocal style. He sounds like the guy that Willie Nelson is trying to grow up to be. It's hard to explain really the effect that Gilmore's voice has. I understand that Gilmore has sung and played with Nelson, but it really should be the other way around. In any case, this is a must own.
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I grew up listening to Jimmie Dale Gilmore (and a few Joe Ely)albums, all of which I loved...but not as much as this album, which I did not hear until just about a year ago. This album has the best versions of "Dallas" and "Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown," (which I would personally rate even higher than Dallas as a song); I especially like the musical saw -- it adds an eerie but very interesting dimension to the music. This album is definitely a classic.
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By A Customer on May 25, 1998
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This album is an absolute classic. There is not a bad song on this CD. The lyrics are well written and the music is energetic and original. The city of Dallas is perferectly described by the song of the same name. If you think you hate country music, listen to this CD. It will change your mind.
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By A Customer on April 22, 1999
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If I could only listen to 10 albums for the rest of my life, this would definetely be one of them.
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Like many others, I got turned onto The Flatlanders by Don Imus and bought Now Again. It whetted my appetite for more and I found a copy of More Than A Legend Than a Band on Amazon. If anything, it is better than Now Again. Starting with Dallas and Tonight I'm Going Downtown, the album takes us through a gamut of emotions from joy to despair. Bhagavan Decreed is especially poignant. The story behind More a Legend Than a Band is fascinating. After changes from the 8-track issued in 1972 and more fits and starts, it was finally released as a CD in 1990. The success of Now Again has lured us back to "retro-country" music of Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock. My thanks to the I-Man for the lead.
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There's a lot of nice music on this album, and the two cuts everyone alludes to, Dallas & Tonite I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown, are really terrific. The musical saw is a huge detraction tho. It reminded me of Brian Wilson's use of the bicycle horn on Pet Sounds' You Still Believe In Me; it's a great touch, comes out of left field and adds dimension to the song, a great idea. That's how I felt about the saw when I heard it on "Dallas;" then, the band proceeded to use it again and again, and it got to be a drag. Brian knew how to be inventive and creative with this stuff without overdoing it (and I don't mean to belabor the Wilson connection here, cuz that connection is pretty tenuous here, obviously), but the Flatlanders wayyyy overdid the novelty instrumentation here.
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