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Todd Snider
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The singer-songwriter, praised as a next-in-line luminary by folks such as John Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Jerry Jeff Walker and Billy Joe Shaver, appears onstage as a barefoot tipsy gypsy, looking for all the world like he's stumbling into brilliance, eloquence and gut-busting humor. It's a great act, and this is not to say that he's not himself out there. He is, and it's his best self. It has landed him in hallowed performance halls, on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows and in the good graces of his heroes. What people don't see, though, is the fellow who wakes early each morning, picks up a guitar and works on his poems. He writes them out by hand, and at first a Snider song is something like a big block of good wood. Then the knife comes out, the wood is shaped over days and weeks and sometimes years, and he shows it to people once he's done with it. His recordings, too, blend the inspiration of a moment with a thousand afterthoughts. They wind up on finished recordings because they are... well, finished. Even the jagged stuff is there on for a purpose. All of which makes Peace, Love and Anarchy (Rarities, B-Sides and Demos, Vol. 1) something of a revelation. Here are Snider's songs at first blush. Some of these compositions - among them, "Nashville," "Feels Like I'm Falling In Love (for co-writer Jack Ingram), Deja Blues (for co-writer Shaver) and "Feel Like Missing You" - grew up to become master recordings, while "Nashville" was whittled down some more before appearing on the East Nashville Skyline album. The title song of the latter album never made the album in question, and it appears here for the first time, complete with resplendent harmonica/steel guitar interplay between Snider and the legendary Lloyd Green. "Cheatham Street Warehouse" is a full-on rock 'n' roll tribute to a favorite Texas haunt, with Snider's tough-as-the-blues electric guitar duel with Tommy Womack in the middle and Green's searing steel solo dominating at song's end. "Combover Blues" is a slice of poignant wit, and Snider can't recall precisely why it was left off his original Oh Boy recordings. "I Will Not Go Hungry" is a weather-beaten spiritual reach, while the "Dinner Plans" haiku is all red wine reality. "Stoney" is taken from the much-bootlegged but never-issued Todd Sings Jerry Jeff album that he recorded over a few nights in East Nashville as an aural thank-you note to one of his inspirers. He sat in a chair with eyes closed and played the songs from memory: Todd Snider knows Jerry Jeff Walker songs as well as he knows anything in the world, including but not limited to rolling paper techniques, lighter fluid methodology and San Francisco Giants baseball. "Some Things Are" is another open-hearted endeavor, as is "From A Rooftop," Snider's postcard from the right side of town. Peace, Love and Anarchy is not a post-contract, drag-the-lake affair. It is a carefully constructed collection, and a testament to the potency of a catalogue built during Snider's five-year tenure with the small-but-stout Oh Boy Records family. For the listener, the album is an unprecedented window into Snider's workroom. It's an invitation for us to peer in and watch a gypsy whittle, and for us to whistle along while he works.
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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 85


Todd Snider  11/07/2005            
shoepile
Well I ain't fer purchasing this collection of songs but I like nothin better to play the song samples all day long. They're great songs and the samples are really suited for my attention span ( or lack...)
Todd Snider  10/28/2005            
bob campbell
sorry I forgot the "S"- Bob
Todd Snider  10/28/2005            
bob campbell
My mother passed away at 72 years old but still attended college to get her "MASTERS" in phycology. She loved to learn. I've listen to Todd for about 2 months now and at 50 years old,I feel the same. Thank you Todd, you are the MASTER for lifes lessons. A must have album-no exceptions!
Todd Snider  05/25/2005            
André
How does he do it?! Over and over again he just amazes me with his songs and his truly unique way of songwriting. Anyone giving this record less than 5 stars doesn't really have a clue about good music!
Todd Snider  05/24/2005            
snider fan
not enough stars i can give him...
Todd Snider  05/24/2005            
snider fan
not enough stars i can give him...
Todd Snider  05/24/2005            
snider fan
not enough stars i can give him...
Todd Snider  05/24/2005            
snider fan
not enough stars i can give him...
Todd Snider  04/25/2005            
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rocks............................
Todd Snider  12/23/2004            
Flipper
People, This album is a must-have! Not only does it display the wit that we are used to from Todd Snider, but it displays a musicianship and a maturity in song writing craft that is missing on some of his earlier works. The only thing better tha East Nashville Skyline is a live todd Snider show, and that experience you owe to yourself!
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