The only thing that mars this wonderful, rootsy singer/songwriter album is a heavy production hand and a drum sound attempting to give it a rock edge; consequently, some of the more beautiful songs like the title track suffer under the weight, but the final cut, "Dry River," is alone worth the price of the disc. Alvin's rock & roll pals come out to play -- Dwight Yoakam, David Hidalgo, saxophonist Lee Allen -- making the record essential for anyone interested in the state of California roots music in the early '90s.
Performance CreditsDave Alvin Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Dwight Yoakam Background Vocals
Katy Moffatt Background Vocals
Lee Allen Saxophone
Terry Evans Background Vocals
Don Falzone Bass,Electric Bass
David Hidalgo Background Vocals
Greg Leisz Acoustic Guitar,Pedal Steel Guitar,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Donald Lindley Drums
Rick Solem Organ,Piano
Technical CreditsDave Alvin Producer
Michael Becker Engineer
Bruce Bromberg Producer
Paul DuGre Engineer
Steve Shepherd Engineer
Chris Silagyi Producer
Terri Lande Bromberg Art Direction
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Blue Blvd based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
This is the first album I listened to by this artist. I found out about it hearing a song from another of his albums in a Barnes & Noble store, & asked the manager who was the artist, then purchased BLUE BLVD. The title cut is probably the best. But Mr. Alvin is an excellent story teller on all of the other songs as well, and to his credit, has a knowledge of an episode of American history that I haven't heard told very often (the Confederate prison camp described in ANDERSONVILLE). Superb strings, percussion, keyboards, and background vocals as well. I hope soon to get his latest album OUT IN CALIFORNIA.