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Brought to the attention of Columbia Records by a fluke--John Mellencamp was friends with the artist's father, noted author Larry McMurtry--James McMurtry proved himself more than worthy of a record deal, despite such family and industry connections, with his debut album. He backed up his keen sense for lyrical detail with deft, sturdy musicianship, whether picking through delicate numbers such as "Crazy Wind" and "Song for a Deck Hand's Daughter" or delivering anthemic roots rockers such as "Painting by Numbers" and "I'm Not from Here." With an appropriately desolate, deadpan vocal delivery, McMurtry tells tales of desperate small-town characters, painting a vivid picture of an America that lurks far from the bright lights and big cities. --Peter Blackstock
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Language : English
- Product Dimensions : 5.62 x 4.92 x 0.33 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Sony Legacy
- Original Release Date : 1989
- Run time : 44 minutes
- Date First Available : July 27, 2006
- Label : Sony Legacy
- ASIN : B0000026TV
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,824 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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If you're a fan of James McMurtry, you're going to like this album a lot. If you're just getting introduced to him and are interested, I would recommend starting with the 'Americana Master Series' album. If you're a fan of roots rock/pre-twang country, and storyteller's, you'll like this album. Just know that you shouldn't stop exploring McMurtry's discography if you're not hooked with this album - he has a ton of really great work, across his catalog.
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Each song is a beautifully realised story of a life and a character, portrayed laconically but clearly in a musical vignette by McMurtry.
These are tales of loss, ,alienation, sadness or an outsider's cynical, weary or angry commentary on events. Even though he's witty and amusing his song world does not deal with happy-ever-afters or hope for the future. This is no handicap as far as I am concerned and think he follows in the traditions of luminaries like Townes Van Zandt, John Prine and Warren Zevon.
The outstanding tracks for me were the title track and Painting by Numbers, but it they are all good - which is a rarity.
Very intimate delivery and nicely recorded, 'Too Long In The Wasteland' is a fine Americana album, and with the high quality of his songs it's no wonder he is so highly rated by his peers.