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What a Dream It's Been

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Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys celebrate their quarter-century anniversary by revisiting their favorite songs from the past, giving them light new arrangements on What a Dream It's Been. Usually, these are stripped down so they rely on acoustic instruments, but that doesn't mean this is a typical "unplugged" release, one that showcases the group's unacknowledged sensitive side. No, Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys still can cook with gas here -- "Missouri Gal" genuinely grooves, "Glad When I'm Gone" skips along like good bluegrass -- and this variety helps keep the record kicking, while underscoring how one of the group's great strengths is their versatility. At their heart, they're country-rockers, but they can play almost any kind of American roots music -- "(You Mean) Too Much to Me" uncannily captures the ghostliness of Elvis Presley's Sun sessions, while "I Know I've Loved You Before" crackles with Tex-Mex -- and this anniversary album may showcase this skill better than any one of their studio albums. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Baby Baby Me Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 4:47
  3. 2 This Ain't a Good Time Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 2:45
  4. 3 Missouri Gal Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:13
  5. 4 Don't Desert Me Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:2
  6. 5 Nothing to Lose Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:28
  7. 6 Glad When I'm Gone Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 2:47
  8. 7 Parts Unknown Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:30
  9. 8 (You Mean) Too Much to Me Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 2:40
  10. 9 I Know I've Loved You Before Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 2:57
  11. 10 Three Years Blind Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:32
  12. 11 If I Knew Now (What I Knew Then) Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 3:55
  13. 12 What a Dream It's Been Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys 2:29

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