Saturday, January 25, 2014

Russell Smith - The End is not in Sight (2001 great us country soul - Flac)


"The Greatest Singer You're Not Listening Too" 
Why, in the name of all that's holy, isn't Russell Smith a contemporary country superstar and household name? He's been around for years, both as a solo act and as the voice of The Amazing Rhythm Aces. The Aces have had their moments, and ever so often Smith releases a solo album. But everytime, the mass audience greets his work with a yawn. "The End is Not is Sight" is Russell Smith's latest work and it's beautiful. This collection of mostly new material (with a few nods to the Aces with the title track and "Third Rate Romance") showcases Smith's soulful lyrics and distinctive voice. Smith's style is a dose hill-billy boogie, a dash of blue-eyed soul, a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, all stirred up in a toe-tapping stew that's mmmmmm-mmmmmm good. Whether it's the rocking rhythms of "Jesse" and "We're Gettin' Out of Here," or the sad-sweet ballads like "Walk These Hills" and "Look Heart, No Hands," Smith nails every track. Russell Smith is the greatest singer you're not listening to right now, and you should. And so should everyone who enjoys great lyrics, great music and inimitable vocals.(By Tim Hewitt)

"An astounding album!"
The luminary musicians that have been assembled to help with the production of this album are testimony to what a talent Russell Smith is. The resulting album doesn't disappoint, with a range of songs lovingly fleshed out by (mostly) sparse productions that allows the vocals of Smith to shine through. The voice is a little deeper than it was back then, but the songwriting is, if anything, better. There are some awesomely good songs here, with satisfying twists to old themes. "Old School" is a good take on cheating songs, and "The Road" reworks views about...well, the road! My favourites are "Don't go to strangers" and especially "What I learned from loving you", which as with so many of Smith's songs resonates with experiences that I can empathise with.I also enjoyed the version of "The end is not in sight", and it bears comparison with a versions that he's recorded elsewhere. A look at the musician name checks suggests that everybody down at Muscle Shoals wanted a piece of this action, including Spooner Oldham and James Hooker.Put starkly, this is an album that whatever your musical tastes you ought to think about listening to, it's that good. Oh, and by the way, there's no mention anywhere in the packaging of the Amazing Rhythm Aces! (By Dr.D.Treharne)

Tracklist
01- Old School
02- The King Is in His Castle
03- The Road
04- Walk These Hills
05- Look Heart No Hands
06- Don't Go to Strangers
07- We're Gettin' Outta Here
08- What I Learned From Loving You
09- Heartbeat in the Darkness
10- Third Rate Romance
11- Jesse
12- Keep It Between the Lines
13  The End Is Not in Sight


Credits
Russell Smith : Vocals
James Leblanc : Acoustic Guitar & Backing Vocals
Mac McAnally, Michael Noble, Will McFarlane, Walt Aldridge : Acoustic Guitar
Jeff King, Kelvin Holly : Electric Guitar
Danny Flowers : Guitar, Harmonica, Backing Vocals
Bob Patin, Clayton Yvey : Keyboards
Spooner Oldham, James Hooker, Tommy Patterson : Hammond B3
Wayne Bridge : Steel Guitar
David hood : Bass
Roger Guth, Darryl Burgess, Marcus Pope, Dennis Holt : Drums
Jimmy Hall : Harmonica
Scooter Muse : Banjo
Karl Kaplin : Fiddle, Steel, Accordion
Bobby Whitlock, Cindy Walker, Marie Lewey, Carla Russell, Lenny Leblanc : Backing Vocals
Mickey Buckins, Jimmy Nutt & Rodney Hall : Percussion

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5 comments:

MTW said...

MANY Thanks for this gem of an album. Russell Smith and The Amazing Rhythm Aces are far from household names for most music fans. I have always thought that he was one of the finest contemporary country singers and songwriters on the scene since I first saw him and the Aces back in 1975 at a small club outside Chicago. Highly recommended listening!

MTW said...

It is interesting...my comment above was made without having read the reviews you posted. I was just so excited to see this post, I went straight away to comment. I guess good minds think alike! Thanks again, Silverado. You've got a nice blog.

Mark Hall said...

Thanks for the great review Silverado......I produced the record along with my brother and Russell......So proud to have had the honor to work with Russell on this.....I too have marveled at his amazing voice and writing since I was a child so it was one of the highlights of my time in the music business to be able to work on this and release it on our label, Muscle Shoals Records.....I have and will never be involved in another project I am more proud of..Thanks again!!

Mark Hall

LakerCrazy said...

Missed this one when you posted it...now..."This file has been deleted due to inactivity".Can you repair the link. Thanks in advance.

Michelle ward said...

Walk these hills is a song played in my home daily since the loss of my little brother.