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Editors’ Notes

Dallas, Texas’ Old 97’s (they’ve since become bi-coastal) trailblaze just beyond the usual traditional tones of the alt-country movement for their third album, 1997’s Too Far to Care, augmenting singer-songwriter Rhett Miller’s unmistakable country twang with furious rhythms (“Timebomb” opens things explosively), soaring pop and country harmonies (courtesy of bassist Murry Hammond), and adventurous melodies. Guitarist Ken Bethea adds plenty of tasteful counterpoint, turning the amps up when the moment calls (the amphetamine fueled “Melt Show” and “House That Used To Be”) and muting the effects when the ominous night calls (the beautifully paced “Salome”), and he finds the right atmospheric conditions for “Just Like California.” But the band sound happiest and most in their element when they’re hop-stepping with a rodeo’s freefalling lope as presented on “W. Tx Teardrops” and “Big Brown Eyes,” a track reworked from their previous album, 1995’s Wreck Your Life, with a fuller, brighter sound to flesh out their western dreams.

Customer Reviews

best old 97's album

by far the best old 97's album out there right now. Niteclub and melt show are my favorites, but the re-recording of big brown eyes is good as well. broadway and curtain calls are the other great songs that are only on this 97's cd. also this is their best version of barrier reef(better than the live version on their greatest hits); kudos to itunes for putting up the full version of the old 97's best album!

Great Stuff!

Best 97 record hands down! If this music don't get you up and movin' you're dead!

the influential 97

I grew up in NYC. Plethora of music. Almost so much so I was over anything new. there is a bar on 7th street and Ave.. B. I wish i had more memories as good as those. Early on i met few people whos musical taste was a bit different from mine. I'm sitting with good friends and a bottle of beer, and al of i sudden i hear this honkey ton-key but with a weird addition of older rock and roll. l got up and had to look at the jukebox. before the downloading one's... The old 97's. i made a note in my head and the next day went and got a cd. the music hit some unanswered cord. What can i say other then that? then when you listen to the music and finally know the lyrics and that's when you really understand them. the magical buzz this band can produce in me i haven't felt for a while. I am so consistently disappointed by 2nd albums and the progression a band chooses later on. This is not that band. I have since made other memories to go along with this overwhelming feeling I get listening to them. Some happy some, not so much. I will always be thankful for Old 97's.
So listen to them. Hear the words. It's pretty amazing.


Formed: 1993 in Dallas, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Although they became one of the most enduring bands in the alternative country-rock catalog, Old 97's drew inspiration from a broad range of genres, including the twangy stomp of cowpunk and the melodies of power pop. Formed in 1993 by frontman Rhett Miller and bassist Murry Hammond, the group spent the bulk of the decade posed on the brink of mainstream success, issuing albums that often drew warm reviews but never yielded a substantial hit. Old 97's tightened their sound as the decade drew to a...
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