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Night Tide

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Review

On this, their fourth full-length album, Big Sandy and His Fly-Rite Boys continue to ply their unique brand of small-group rockabilly and western swing, and the combination of Sandy's sweet, rich baritone voice and his band's effortless and pitch-perfect vintage virtuosity continues to be a joy. But this time out there's a distinct lack of party anthems: no cute wordplay, no steel-guitar wolf whistles, no ebullient loverman lyrics. Instead, you have song titles like "In the Steel of the Night" and "Nothing to Lose" and couplets like "I wish I knew what to do/When sleep won't come" and "Heaven help a man like me who walks alone." Perhaps the strangest and most disconcerting song on this album is the almost creepily bouncy "Tequila Calling" on which the singer hears alcohol beckoning him into oblivion. Sandy is singing better than ever, and his band, even in this more subdued vein, is still the best thing on the retro-rock circuit; there's no questioning the musical and emotional power of this album. But Night Tide is a strikingly apt title; it sounds like it was recorded by a man who feels himself being pulled out to sea by dark forces. ~ Rick Anderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Night Tide Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:58
  3. 2 Between Darkness and Dawn Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:46
  4. 3 Tequila Calling Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:59
  5. 4 When Sleep Won't Come (Blues for Spade) Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:6
  6. 5 If You Only Knew Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 4:2
  7. 6 Give Yoru Loveing to Me Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:49
  8. 7 In the Steel of the Night Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:6
  9. 8 A Man Like Me Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:45
  10. 9 Hey Lowdown! Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:51
  11. 10 My Time Will Come Someday Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:59
  12. 11 I Think of You Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:40
  13. 12 Nothing to Lose Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:59
  14. 13 South Bay Stomp Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 3:22
  15. 14 Let Her Know Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys 2:56

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