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Marion Review: Starlight on the Rails - Utah Phillips (19) RE: Review: Starlight on the Rails - Utah Phillips 27 Nov 07

Thanks for starting this thread, Mick. I also have this box set and there sure is a lot to it. My favourite songs on it are Orphan Train, Miner's Lullaby, and Goodnight Loving Trail. I sang Miner's Lullaby at my song circle last week, having learned it off the album, so I guess that meets his "songbook" intention.

I do have one reservation, though. While I think it's fabulous that he provides the back stories for each song, I would much rather have had them in the liner notes, or perhaps one of the CDs devoted to the introductions for all the songs. I want to play the songs over and over again, but I don't want to listen to the introductions over and over again. To me it's like being at a concert where the singer does a long and boring talk before each song and you wish he or she would get on with it - Utah's intros are interesting, but not after the tenth time you've heard them.


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