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Old 03-01-2004
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Blue Rodeo?

When searching for alt.country bands and info there always seems to be the same thread of bands mentioned. I'm very familiar with The Jayhawks, Wilco, Son Volt, Uncle Tepulo, Joe Henry....but Blue Rodeo is often mentioned. But I have no clue about them.

Can anyone help me? Are they worth looking into?

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Actually...

My first Blue Rodeo album arrived in the mail today, purchased because of interest in them by people on this board. I've only listened to a couple tracks so far, which seemed pretty alright. when I get to the point of making a decision on further investment, I'll let you know.
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Re: Blue Rodeo?

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Are they worth looking into?
IMO, Blue Rodeo is one of the most talented bands out there right now. They do it all from simple country-like ballads to jazzish pop to bordering on psychadellic rock. All the while, their basic, core sound is generally that of folk-country-rock; hence why they're easily tagged as either pop or alt.country (depending on which song and who you ask). Basically, their musical style is as diverse as the Jayhawks, if not more so.

So yes, if you ask me, they're worth looking into.
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Blue Rodeo is Toronto's Jayhawks. "Five Days in July" is Blue Rodeo's Hollywood Town Hall. A guitar band with two lead guys, sometimes slide, piano, violin and female vocals, and horn section recently.-- They've opened for the Jayhawks in the U.S and the Jayhawks have opened for them in Canada. Greg Keelor (lead) is really good buds with Travis Good of the Sadies, Gary (Louris) seems to be good buds with Dallas Good. In my opinion if there was ever a band that could be compared to the Jayhawks, it is Blue Rodeo.

So Idle Days, buy Five Days in July, and if you likes then look into Lost Together, Casino and Diamond Mine. But Five Days is there quintessential album, so if you're not impressed stop there.
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I would say that most Jayhawks fans would easily be into Blue Rodeo, or appreciate them at the least.

Although my favourite band is The Jayhawks, and I really like Wilco, Son Volt, Whiskeytown, etc....I think Blue Rodeo may be the most overlooked alt.country band. They've been around since the mid 80's, and consistantly release solid albums. They are household names in Canada, and The Jayhawks opened for them here last summer in front of 15,000 fans.

They're definately worth checking out, and I'd start with "Greatest Hits" or "Five Days In July" first. If you can find it in the US.

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So Idle Days, buy Five Days in July, and if you likes then look into Lost Together, Casino and Diamond Mine. But Five Days is there quintessential album, so if you're not impressed stop there.
These are definitely the Blue Rodeo albums to check out. I've been a fan of theirs forever, but I'm not sold on Palace of Gold, their latest. They've been dabbling in some kind of R&B thing with horns and all on that album. It's true they run the gamut from alt.country to neo-psychedelia, but I woudn't get their latest release to get a real taste of their sound. They are always awsome live, though.
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Old 03-05-2004
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I think the reaction to Palace of Gold was quite positive. It was a lot more readily accepted than their psychadelic experimentations than 1995's Nowhere To Here and 1997's Tremolo. Personally, I love them all. I think each album has something unique about it and, honestly, over the course of nine albums (greatest hits and a double live album excepted) and over one hundred songs, they have maybe five bad ones. That's pretty damn good!

Check out two of their videos here:

http://launch.yahoo.com/artist/video...tistID=1003068

Better Off As We Are is from 1995's Nowhere To Here and Hasn't Hit Me Yet is from 1993's Five Days In July. The first is sung by Jim Cuddy, the second by Greg Keelor.

Hope you like em.

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Thanks Mike, that was so cool. Hasn't hit me yet is my favorite Blue Rodeo tune.
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Watching my Crowded House DVD, I suddenly noticed Paul Hester (the drummer guy) wearing a Blue Rodeo T-shirt in the "It's Only Natural" video. That one was shot in NYC.

Another great contribution from Lenno!
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My favorites are Five Days in July, Lost Together, and Casino. Nowhere To Here was too electric with a shortage of catchy tunes and I'm not liking Palace Of Gold a lot either. A very long album, and I think they could have left out about 4 songs leaving 12 or so.

Saw them last fall in Seattle w/o Keelor, who went home to see his sick dad. I'm more of a fan of Cuddy's tunes anyway, and they had the hot lead guitarist from the opening band, Oh Susanna, subbing for Keelor and it was as entertaining as any of their shows I've seen.
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Blue Rodeo

Love Five Days in May (except those long, slow tracks); like Tremolo (solid throughout, no real stand-out tracks but no dogs either); hate Nowhere to Here (self-indulgent, navel-contemplating).

What would be next to check out? Lost Together? Which has the most "twang factor''? (Hey, that'd be a great name for a band - Twang Factor.)
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The next to check out would have to be their double-live album, "Just Like A Vacation". Based on the songs there you can decide where you want to go next with their stuff. IMO, it's definitely got enough twang factor (a very cool name for a band).
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If you're looking for twang, "Lost Together" and "Casino" have the most after "Five Days in July". Cuddy Band's "All in Time" is also twangy and is a very good album.

"Nowhere to Here" and "Tremelo" still have great songs on them but they don't flow. "Palace of Gold" is okay, but it does have my favorite lyric in all Blue Rodeo songs: "Ain't know mystery what I need is understanding and your sweet sympathy. A steel string guitar and a little weed and someone to keep me company, someone to keep me company". Here are my faves -

1. Five Days in July
2. Casino
3. Outskirts
4. Jim Cuddy's "All in time" (its pretty much the same cast minus Keelor)
5. The Days in Between
6. Lost Together
7. Diamond Mine
8. Palace of Gold
9. Tremelo
10. Nowhere to Here
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Old 03-11-2004
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well...

Fair enough, but I think Palace of Gold is their finest. I think it really flows and I love the strings and horns. I made a list on Amazon.ca ranking what I think are the best Blue Rodeo albums from top to bottom. I think Casino was by far their worst effort...at least it's the one I listen to the least.

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Zoody,

Don't get me wrong, I love them all. Palace of Gold would be near the top of the list except that to me it sounds like recycled material with horns and strings. And Tremelo and Nowhere to Here would be up a couple of notches if not for a couple of misplaced songs. -- At least with Casino the misplaced songs are right at the end, and the first half is brilliant. --- in my opinion.
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