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Ratings and reviews for The Guitar Song

Ratings and reviews for The Guitar Song
4.6
based on 78 rating(s)
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Price: $19.98 $9.00 (55% off)
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Artist(s): Jamey Johnson
Release Date: 9/14/2010
Binding: Audio CD
Format: CD
Number of Discs: 1
Studio: Mercury/Nashville
Manufacturer: Mercury/Nashville
Product Group: Music
Genre: Country
Sales Rank: 7638
Description: 2010 two CD release from the Country singer/songwriter. The Guitar Song. is a 25 song album with thematically linked sets of songs dubbed the "Black Album" and the "White Album." "The original idea was always to do a double album," says Jamey. "The album is a tale. The first part of it is a very dark and sordid story. Everything after that is progressively more positive, reassuring and redemptive." As a lover of classic Country sounds, he regularly performs oldies in his stage shows. The Guitar Song contains "For the Good Times,", "Set `Em Up Joe" and "Mental Revenge". "Lonely At The Top" is an undiscovered Keith Whitley song.
UPC: 602527173160

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amazon logo Horrabile CD
The CD is garbage I would not recommended you buy it. The recording qualityI Want My Money Back is not that good.
1 of 51 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo OVERRATED!!
I don't understand the 5 star reviews for this 2 CD set...I have listened to it twice in its entirety. There is a multitude of problems here. Great, memorable, Country music needs to have good melodies, good production, & good lyrics. Aside from the cover of "For the Good Times", there is not one song on this compilation that has any of these qualities. The 1st disc is the most unimaginatively produced music I have heard in a long, long time by a major Country artist. Nearly every song starts with a plucked acoustic guitar which wears thin by the 3rd song. As for melodies, I'm a major fan of "three chords and the truth" but whereas Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, & Jamey's obvious influence, Waylon, would embellish the 3 chords with classic licks & classic lyrics...they're not to be found here. As for disc 2, the tempo is faster in some cases, but the problem is a little pedal steel & an organ now & then can't disguise the fact that the songs themselves need alot more than that to prop them up. I had high, high hopes for this because of the song, "In Color", but sadly it takes a truly awesome Country song writer like Bill Anderson to breathe any life into this project with "The Guitar Song", the title track which he helped write & also sings on. If I seem bitter, I'm just tired of being disappointed by overinflated reviews of newly released albums that, compared to true legendary classic Country, pale in comparison.
6 of 30 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo THE GUITAR SONG
the first cd that came from amazon was defective. the last few songs skip and jump, really disapointing, I expected more from amazon.
1 of 30 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo WAYLON + PAYCHECK + HANK - SWIFT - SUGARLAND - FLATTS = JAMEY JOHNSON!
We needed Jamey about 15 years ago when country music really started turning to crap. There are many gifted artists out there but they seem to have lost that country "feeling" in their music. The music seems to be going "pop" and being a classic country fan that makes my stomach turn. Jamey has brought that "feeling" back in his songs and the songs that he writes for others. I knew since his first album "The Dollar" that this guy was stone cold country and I have been a loyal follower since. How many new songs on the radio now have the pedal steel guitar in them? None. "The Guitar Song" is some of the best true country music that I have heard in years and I love it. You just can't listen to the first song "Lonely At The Top" (co-written by Keith Whitley, remember him?)without wanting to open up a cold beer and sit back and relax. Thank you Jamey for giving us some awesome country music and I'll be waiting for more to come. I can't wait to see you live soon!!!!!!
24 of 27 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo AN AMERICAN TREASURE
In my humble opinion, this singer-song writer is what country music is about. Straight forward lyrics, writeS what he knows and not some creative fantasy with shitkickers on, great renditions of some classic country. Jamey is a breath of fresh air for a music genre that is getting too pop. The torch or country music has been passed on to a new generation.
18 of 20 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A double-dose of genuine, soulful country music.
The problem with releasing a double album is that not all of the songs are bound to be of the same quality. As amazing as Jamey Johnson's THE GUITAR SONG is, it suffers the same fate. Most of the weaker tunes appear on the second disc (the "White Album"), simply because it isn't as cohesive as the first. "The Black Album" is mostly about economical hard times, living day-to-day (California appears as a theme throughout both discs). The second album eases up a bit; it's by no means a slouch, but just can't keep up with "The Black Album's" haunting depth.

Still, overall, THE GUITAR SONG is easily one of the best country albums released this year (I won't say THE best because, off the top of my head, I can't really remember any others). For such a talented songwriter, Johnson relies on quite a few covers: Keith Whitley's "Lonely at the Top," Kris Kristofferson's "For the Good Times," Mel Tillis's "Mental Revenge," Vern Gosdin's "Set 'Em Up Joe," etc. He re-interprets the songs ("Mental Revenge" is no longer whimsical, but is in fact genuinely disturbing, as the lyrics would suggest) to fit his own sonic vein. Surprisingly, his originals tend to stand toe-to-toe with the classics. "Playing the Part" is a brilliant skewering of California culture (as is "California Riots," which may or may not have political undertones). "Can't Cash My Checks" narrates the contradictory pride often felt at the bad end of poverty, while "Poor Man Blues" hits on the anger. "Macon" is a beautiful Johnson-style power ballad (almost spiritual in nature), while "That's Why I Write Songs" is a haunting ars poetica, featuring just vocals and guitar. (Which leads me to another point: Johnson actually plays on most of these songs; most artists would've left it all up to studio musicians.)

Some songs kind of fall flat; "Dog in the Yard" is amusing but shallow. Even the title track (featuring a fantastic performance from Whisperin' Bill Anderson) comes off as trite. Still, Johnson at his worst (we'll ignore "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk, which he purposely chose not to record) is better than most anything country radio will see these days. In the end, THE GUITAR SONG comes off as an album chock-full of die-hard country music. You'll hear plenty of steel guitar, lyrics that cut straight to the marrow, and melodies that conjure George Jones and Waylon Jennings. This is an album for people who like their music raw and unedited. It isn't quite as masterful as THAT LONESOME SONG, but it's still Jamey Johnson, and that says all you need to know.
13 of 15 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Album of the Year? I think so!!!
With this set of cds, Jamey demonstrates that it's not about the destination...but instead about the journey. From darkness to light or from sadness to happiness, either way you see it this album delivers and I think Jamey's honest way of writing is something that was lacking in country music prior to his 2008 album "That Lonesome Song". I learned to play everyone of those songs on guitar and I'm sure I'll do the same with this album. I hope this album cleans up at the Grammy's and every other award show...it's just that damn good.
7 of 10 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Fantastic
Jamey real grows on this cd, and it shows. Its a fantastic cd from beginning to end that I cant wait to listen through again. This is what real country is supposed to sound like.
6 of 8 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo Don't waste your money
I looked forward to listening to this one, but was sorely disappointed. The lyrics are mundane and often reflect ignorance and narrowminded viewpoints (possibly forgivable 30 years ago but not today), the themes are old and tired, the playing is average at best with a few exceptions, the musical rambling at the end of the songs is pointless and uninteresting, and lastly the sound quality of the recording as a whole is marginal at best.
Apparently the die hard fans are overlooking this album's shortcomings, but if you don't fall into that category, I suggest you pass on this one.
2 of 8 people found this review helpful.
amazon logo A honky tonk masterwork
Jamey Johnson has awards for co-writing "Honky Tonk Badonkadonk" for Trace Adkins and "Give It Away" for George Strait. Then came "That Lonesome Song" and more awards for "In Color". He didn't exactly shoot straight to the top. He lost his orginal recording contract after scoring a hit with "The Dollar". He went through a painful divorce and a dark period of heavy drinking which became the inspiration for 'That Lonesome Song". Hell raiser and poet, Johnson grew up on gospel music yet drank beer and played his guitar at the tombstone of Hank Williams and later served in the Marine Corps. Johnson and The Kent Hardly Playboys recorded "The Guitar Song" while criss crossing the country, touring behind "That Lonesome Song". The self described "black and white album" starts out in the dark and slowly re-emrges in the light. Sandwiched in between Johnson songs are his versions of the late Keith Whitley's "Lonely At The Top", Vern Gosdin's "Set Em Up Joe" and Kris Kristoferson's "For The Good Times". There's so much to talk about here. There's the heartache of "Cover Your Eyes", "Baby Don't Cry" and "Heaven Bound". There's the poor man's defiance of "Can't Cash My Checks" and the deliciously dark and menacing "Heartache" that starts with a cave man catching his cave woman loving on a missing link. There's the sweet nostalgia of "Front Porch Swing Afternoon" and the sexy soul groove of "Macon". I haven't even really scratched the surface here because I'm still taking it all in. This thing bares repeated listens. It's a genuine work of art in a time when I didn't think the music industry really cared about the fans anymore. In a year that has seen stand out releases by Ryan Bingham and Justin Townes Earle and saw a country star like Dierks Bentley actually dare to put out a country album, this thing stands alone. They're going to be talking about "The Guitar Song" for a very long time.
5 of 7 people found this review helpful.

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