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Pure Diamond Gold

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16 Mile Creek
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Rat Creek
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It's Nothing To Me
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Medicine Ball
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Higher Power
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Only Good One
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Starling Auto
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I Tried Not To
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Reward Of Gold
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Talkin' Down
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Friendly Devil
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Spark Catcher
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Eastwinds
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Stinking Creek
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Venison Creek
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Walking Boss
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Locust Eater
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With A Splash
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Cloud Rider
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16 Mile Creek Breakdown
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 20   Total Length: 40:47

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Best Album by a Prolific and Versitile Band

bombak

This band has a constantly changing lineup but their prodigious output has some constants. Vocals are always superb. The band uses predominantly guitars and other plucked instruments (mandolin, slide guitar, even banjos). Songs are short with very inventive beginnings and endings. Most of their output is dark though they play very good surf music. The band straddles many genres and can be enjoyed by any audience that likes rock, blues, country, and instrumental music. This is their best album with their best song, “I Tried Not To”.

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Nothing worth a dl.

gheeblefarms

But this album shows this band beginning to develop their country rock chops ("Medicine Ball" & "Reward of Gold"). The rest is palatable only to a classic country aficianado.

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Few bands approach the sheer versatility of the Sadies, live or on disc. On Pure Diamond Gold (the follow-up to their stellar debut, Precious Moments), the band lurches from Johnny Cash-inspired storytelling country (“It’s Nothing to Me,” “I Tried Not To”) to Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet influenced-surf instrumentals (“Rat Creek,” “Venison Creek), while veering off into Nuggets-era garage rock (“Talkin’ Down,” “Walking Boss”) and hillbilly rock and gospel (“16 Mile Creek,” “16 Mile Creek Breakdown,” “Higher Power”). Pure Diamond Gold consists of songs recorded on two separate occasions — one a 24-track session with Steve Albini, the second an eight-track session (dubbed the “seven o’clock chicken” session) with Don Pyle (of Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet) — however, despite the differences, the songs hang together well as a whole. In addition to the slew of strong tracks already mentioned, the Sadies best moments here come in the form of the haunting “Eastwinds” (with vocals provided by Catherine Irwin of Freakwater), the surrealistic plane crash narrative of “With a Splash,” and the slow-building instrumental “Cloud Rider” (complete with “howling” provided by the family dog). For fans of country-tinged, twangy rock, it doesn’t get much better than this. – Robert Kaups

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