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Cowboy Junkies: 200 More Miles, Live Performances 1985-1994

Album Reviews:

Q (1/96, p.143) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...this live double CD culled from performances as far apart as Canada in 1986, the Albert Hall in 1992 and Colorado last year suggests hidden depths..."

Melody Maker (2/10/96, p.38) - "...200 MORE MILES is the perfect introduction to Cowboy Junkies' somnambulant, sweetly drifting world....whisky-maudlin regret, trailer-park stoicism and vague, easily crushed hopefulness that eventually makes you sick..."

NME (Magazine) (2/17/96, p.47) - 7 (out of 10) - "...Occasionally, [they] do break into a funky, honky-tonk canter with the Doors-y rain on the windscreen of Robert Johnson's `Me And The Devil'....But mostly, 200 MILES is dripping with careworn tales of broken lives and broken trucks....everything country should be..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Margo Timmins, John Prine (vocals); Michael Timmins, Ken Myhr (guitar); Kim Deschamps (pedal steel, lap steel guitar); Jeff Bird (mandolin, electric mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, percussion); Spencer Evans (clarinet, piano, organ); Jaro Czerwinec (accordion); Alan Anton (bass); Peter Timmins (drums); David Houghton (percussion).

Engineers: Doug McClement (disc 1, tracks 1-3; disc 2, tracks 8-9); Norm Lussier, Wes Wilson (disc 1, track 4); Dave Mulkeen (disc 1, tracks 5-6); Pete Robertson (disc 1, track 7); Kevin Clock (disc 1, tracks 8-11); Michael Kriz (disc 2, track 1); Bob Skye (disc 2, tracks 2-3, 6); Mark Hutchins (disc 2, tracks 4-5); Francis Fisher (disc 2, track 7).

Subtitled, "Live Performances 1985-1994" (though the earliest track comes from Halloween 1986), 200 More Miles, which concluded the Cowboy Junkies' contract with RCA, was a 17-track compilation of concert recordings. Its five and a half cover songs spanned the group's influences: "Blue Moon Revisited (A Song for Elvis)" drew upon the Rodgers & Hart song (that's the half) as interpreted by the King of Rock 'n' Roll; "Me and the Devil Blues" came from the King of the Delta Blues Singers, Robert Johnson; "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" was by the King of Country Music, Hank Williams, "Walking After Midnight" by the Queen, Patsy Cline, and "State Trooper" and "Sweet Jane" came from a couple of Rock's Crown Princes, Bruce Springsteen and Lou Reed. Of course, this was for the most part downbeat material, and the Cowboy Junkies rendered it in their usual transfixing, if soporific style. They did the same on a set of Michael Timmins originals such as "Sun Comes Up, It's Tuesday Morning" and "Murder, Tonight, in the Trailer Park." (John Prine guests on "If You Were the Woman and I Was the Man.") "Before I do some rock & roll I always like to sit down," Margo Timmins noted at the outset, and she wasn't kidding. ~ William Ruhlmann


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