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STEVE YOUNG —TO SATISFY YOU (Ace Records)

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Originally out on Rounder in 1981, To Satisfy You is different to your usual Steve Young album. There is only one original song and, those chosen are a diverse set as he includes the likes of Buddy Holly, Waylon Jennings (he may have been a soul brother such their free-spirited style of music), Jesse Winchester, David Olney, Mick Jagger – Keith Richards and Cat Stevens even! He does some cracking versions of the songs, non any better than his cover of “Top Of The World”, “No Expectations” likewise suits Young; and you have Olney’s hard-driven “The Contender” (the guitar work early in the song reminds me a little of Dire Straits and there’s a little Dylan in there too. Excellent).  Of a mellow, and very much in keeping with his gritty heart-tugging style, Winchester’s pick of the crop “All Your Stories” is a must hear. As an album it does fall short of the likes of Renegade Picker, Rock, Salt & Nails, Seven Bridges Road and No Place To Fall. Then again, not much would match up to the above staggering list of albums you have there. It isn't too long since Ace released the Full Seven Bridges Road recordings. 

Steve Young was one of the best singer-songwriters of his era and then some! As for highlights you have the brooding “They Call It Love” (William T. Davidson),  and of course his own superb mini-drama “The River And The Swan”. Here he uses them as metaphors as he speaks of love, and the beauty of a good relationship.  Nashville sessionmen on the record include such luminaries as Mac Gayden, Jerry Shook, Dale Sellers, David Pomeroy and Mike Leech among others.    

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100 pts.
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PK,CVL,DHO,JB,LK
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59 pts.
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In the Black Records
 
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49 pts.
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Western Centuries
48 pts.
Songs From The Deluge
Free Dirt Records
DD,GS,FS,HM
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44 pts.
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42 pts.
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Grant Peeples
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AN
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32 pts.
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