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Eleven Eleven [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Harlan County Line
    2. Johnny Ace Is Dead
    3. Black Rose of Texas
    4. Gary, Indiana 1959
    5. Run Conejo Run
    6. No Worries Mija
    7. What's Up With Your Brother?
    8. Murrietta's Head
    9. Manzanita
    10. Dirty Nightgown
    11. Two Lucky Bums - (featuring Chris Gaffney)
    0. DISC 2: LIVE AT THE ARK IN ANN ARBOR, MI (JULY 2ND, 2011):
    1. Harlan County Line
    2. Boss of the Blues
    3. Long White Cadillac
    4. Rio Grande
    5. Johnny Ace Is Dead
    6. Abilene
    7. Out of Control
    8. Dry River
    9. Run Conejo Run
    10. Fourth of July
    0. DISC 3: LIVE AT THE ARK IN ANN ARBOR, MI (JULY 2ND, 2011):
    1. Harlan County Line
    2. Boss Of The Blues
    3. Long White Cadillac
    4. Rio Grande
    5. Johnny Ace Is Dead
    6. Out of Control
    7. Dry River
    8. Run Conejo Run
    9. Fourth of July
    0. DISC 4: ELEVEN ELEVEN BONUS DISC:
    1. Beautiful City 'Cross the River
    2. Signal Hill
    3. Never Trust a Woman

    Code: QZZQ

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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): YEP 2273

  • Credits
    ProducerDave Alvin
    EngineerCraig Parker Adams; Kris Truzzi

    Personnel: Dave Alvin (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Chris Miller (electric guitar, slide guitar); Lisa Pankratz (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Craig Parker Adams; Dave Alvin.
    Liner Note Author: Dave Alvin.
    Recording information: Winslow Court Studio, Los Angeles, CA.
    Photographer: Beth Herzhaft.
    Dave Alvin summed up his work as well as anyone could when he quipped, "There are two types of folk music: quiet folk music and loud folk music. I play both." Alvin shows off his skill on both sides of the volume divide on 2011's Eleven Eleven, where he reaffirms his status as one of the best and most distinctive American songwriters alive. There are few artists who can match Alvin's gift for creating vivid characters and bringing their lives to life through music, and Eleven Eleven finds him near the top of his game as a tunesmith, while also showing off his estimable skills as a guitarist. Whether he's digging into the dirty details of Johnny Ace's death in 1954, embodying a man who may kill a powerful politician for money, focusing his powers of seduction on one woman in a dirty nightgown, or swapping stories of an old friend's adventures on both sides of the law, Alvin's lyrics give the people he sings about depth and detail, and they're crafted with the skill of a talented novelist. Alvin also knows what sort of background to give to these stories, and the spectral guitar and accordion accompaniment of "No Worries Mija" feels just as right as the bluesy Bo Diddley stomp of "Run Conejo Run," and Alvin's electric guitar solos -- crisp, sharp, and bracing -- are as potent as he's been in years. And longtime fans will get a special kick out of "What's Up with Your Brother?," in which he swaps verses with his brother and former bandmate Phil Alvin and pokes fun at their combative reputation. Hearing Dave Alvin at work is to hear a man who is both a poet and a craftsman and remarkably gifted at both; Eleven Eleven shows he's a long way away from running out of ideas, and these 11 portraits of life in the Golden State are engrossing, thoughtful music that should satisfy old fans and engage those introducing themselves to his work for the first time. ~ Mark Deming

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (p.106) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Two songs are addictive, the tear-jerker 'Black Rose of Texas' and 'Johnny Ace is Dead' a tragi-comedy powered by Steve Mugalian's backbeat and Alvin's burning Strat."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.106) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he finale arrives as 'Two Lucky Bums,' a soft shoe shuffle executed with considerable charm by Alvin and his best friend, the late Dave Gaffney."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.88) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Alvin is an old hand at painting vivid lyrical portraits, conjuring up images of a mythical Old West on the bounty hunter travelogue 'Murietta's Head'..."
    Uncut (magazine) (p.86) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "The songs are all about life, love, death, loss, money, justice, labour, faith, doubt, family and friendship....Brilliant stuff."
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