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Reviews for Blaze Foley: Wanted More Dead Than Alive
"This CD is remarkable. Right off the bat it's because it is a rare studio recording done by an eccentric but totally committed artist who was shot dead in the prime of his young life. I knew Blaze and heard him create and perform these songs and the thing that so got your respect was the pure way he sang the things inside him. He could at any time and in any shape pick up his guitar and get in the "bubble," you know, where suddenly he is doing art and you just want to look at that space where he is, because something is going on there in the aura he has created. This CD is remarkable because that "bubble" is there."
Calvin Russell, Austin, Texas, September 2005.
Michael Corcoran has written an article about this long-lost session for Page One of the Austin American-Statesman's Life & Arts section for October 3, 2005. You can read it online at 360.com. You can also listen to music clips from the CD.
Jim Caligiuri has written a review for the November 25, 2005 Austin Chronicle:
"Blaze Foley is as popular today, 16 years after his death, as he's ever been. Even John Prine, one of his heroes, put a Foley song on his latest album. Still, the appearance of these recordings is a surprise to everyone involved. A few months before his murder in 1989, Foley, with pedal steel player Charlie Day and the Waddell brothers Ð bass player David and drummer Leland Ð cut 10 songs at Bee Creek Studio in Driftwood. They were basic tracks, but the studio wasn't paid, and with Foley's demise, the project was abandoned. Then the masters were lost. In June of this year, a CD turned up in Indiana, of all places, and though in bad shape, digital technology worked miracles and made it sound respectable.
This is Foley as a country crooner. At times, he recalls the deep, dark side of Gary Stewart; at others, he's pure hurt ˆ la Townes Van Zandt. Two songs are particularly notable, Calvin Russell's "Life of a Texas Man" and Jubal Clark's "Black Granite," both thought to be lost forever. There's also an amiable "If I Could Only Fly," with Kimmie Rhodes on backing vocals, and a gentle, rolling "Clay Pigeons" that, like Foley at his best, is simply breathtaking."
3 star review.
John Conquest's 3rd Coast Music Magazine Review, October, 2005. Cover Story