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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.    

            Maurice Hope   

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December 2018
1
Malford Milligan
75 pts.
Life Will Humble You
Royal Family Records
JF,FB
2
JD McPherson
61 pts.
Socks
New West Records
CVL,DHO,MVP,MB
3
Rosanne Cash
50 pts.
She Remembers Everything
Blue Note Records
WR,BP,JSM,HB
4
Ad Vanderveen
45 pts.
I Was Hank William
Blue Rose Records
TK,LM,BM,JB
5
John Hiatt
44 pts.
The Eclipse Sessions
New West
FC
6
The Yearlings
41 pts.
Skywriting
Lonely Sounds Records
EZ
7
Tip Jar
40 pts.
Onward
Independent
FS
8
Nathan Bell
39 pts.
Loves Bones & Stars
Angry Stick Recording Co.
RB,SZ,PG
9
The Brother Brothers
38 pts.
Some People I Know
Compass Records
BK
10
Richard Dobson
30 pts.
I Hear Singing
Brambus Records
JS,NC
11
Steve Forbert
29 pts.
The Magic Tree
Blue Rose Music
PR
12
J.P. Harris
28 pts.
Sometimes Dogs Bark At Nothing
Free Dirt Records
TJ
13
The Bottle Rockets
24 pts.
Bit Logic
Bloodshot Records
GS,PKO
14
Rodney Crowell
23 pts.
Christmas Everywhere
New West
 
15
Christian Kjellvander
22 pts.
Wild Hxmans
Tapete
 
16
Erin Costelo
21 pts.
Sweet Marie
Compass Records
PJ
17
Colter Wall
20 pts.
Songs of the Plains
Young Mary's Record
 
18
The Hillbenders
19 pts.
The Hillbenders
Compass Records
FH
19
Eric Bibb
18 pts.
Global Griot
Stony Plain
 
 
Karine Polwart
18 pts.
Laws of Motion
Hudson Records
HH,KG
21
Carson McHone
17 pts.
Carousel
Nine Mile Records
 
 
Malcolm Holcombe
17 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
MF
23
Ben Bedford
16 pts.
The Hermit's Spyglass
Cavalier Recordings
SP
 
Craig Moreau
16 pts.
A Different Kind Of Train
Independent
MP
 
David Olney
16 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music

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