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VA - The Man Of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney (2009)

28-01-2015, 11:59
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VA - The Man Of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney (2009)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: The Man Of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute To The Songs Of Chris Gaffney
Year Of Release: 2009
Genre: Country/Rock/Blues/Pop
Label: Yep Roc
Quality: MP3 320 kbps
Total Time: 67:22
Total Size: 156 Mb

1 Joe Ely - Lift Your Leg (2:58)
2 Boz Scaggs - Midnight Dream (4:09)
3 Los Lobos - Man Of Somebody's Dreams (3:56)
4 Dave Alvin - Artesia (5:11)
5 Peter Case - Six Nights A Week (3:23)
6 Tom Russell - If Daddy Don't Sing Danny Boy (2:46)
7 Calexico - Frank's Tavern (4:24)
8 James McMurtry - Fight (Tonight's The Night) (3:12)
9 The Texas Tornadoes - The Gardens (3:14)
10 Jim Lauderdale And Ollabelle - Glass House (4:25)
11 The Iguanas - Get Off My Back Lucy (3:08)
12 Alejandro Escovedo - 1968 (5:08)
13 Robbie Fulks - King Of The Blues (3:50)
14 John Doe - Quiet Desperation (3:27)
15 Dave Gonzalez - Tired Of Being Me (4:25)
16 Big Sandy & Los Straitjackets - Silent Partner (2:33)
17 Dan Penn - I'm So Proud (3:01)
18 Chris Gaffney - Guitars Of My Dead Friends (4:05)

Chris Gaffney was once described as "a quintessential Southern California bar musician," and while he was also a great deal more than that -- a superb songwriter and a recording artist who made fine records on his own, as a sideman and as part of the combo the Hacienda Brothers -- the mix of country, R&B and norteГ±o influences that defined his music was a clear reflection of the working class California environment where he grew up. Gaffney was highly regarded by his fellow songwriters and musicians, even though he never enjoyed the commercial or critical breakthrough that would open him up to the larger audience he deserved before liver cancer took his life in 2008 at the age of 57, and his friend and frequent collaborator Dave Alvin has produced a moving and well-crafted tribute to the man and his music, The Man of Somebody's Dreams: A Tribute to the Songs of Chris Gaffney. The 18 songs here capture the flinty honesty and hard-won compassion that was a major part of Gaffney's best work, and Alvin proves to be a fine casting agent, fitting each song to the artist with unerring skill. Calexico find a weathered beauty in the liquor-soaked lovers of "Frank's Tavern," Los Lobos bring a gentle sadness to the long-gone romance of "The Man of Somebody's Dreams," Robbie Fulks delivers a solid honky tonk swing on "King of the Blues" (and Peter Case does the same for "Six Nights a Week"), Alejandro Escovedo brings the tragic pathos of "1968" to vivid life, John Doe captures the titular emotions of "Quiet Desperation" with a perfect touch, and legendary songwriter Dan Penn knows just how to handle the work of another great tunesmith on "I'm So Proud." The late Freddy Fender's aching and evocative rendition of "The Gardens" from the Texas Tornados' 4 Aces is a welcome addition to this set, and while Boz Scaggs hardly seems like someone you'd expect to see in this company, he brings a slinky and sensuous R&B groove to "Midnight Dream" that shows Gaffney was more than just another guy on the L.A. roots music scene. Closing with one of Gaffney's final recordings -- an unreleased tune called "Guitars of My Dead Friends" -- the effect of The Man of Somebody's Dreams sometimes feels like a wake as much as a celebration, but this music honors a man who deserved a better hand than he was dealt, and one listen to these songs will prove that's a fact to anyone with ears.

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