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I SEE HAWKS - Shoulda Been Gold 2001-2009
art of the new wave of American bands like the Jayhawks, Wilco and My Morning Jacket whose psychedelically-tinged country-rock sound recalls that of the Byrds or Buffalo Springfield, I See Hawks in L.A. has, over the course of four albums, forged a formidable underground reputation; so formidable, in fact, that the band has decided that the time has come for its first best-of! . And we re more than happy to let em do it, particularly because this 17-track collection includes two unreleased tunes and three new recordings, two of em with Carla Olson. "4 1/2 stars. The irony of a working band with no hits, or even a recognizable name, releasing a "greatest-hits" album -- let alone one that runs a whopping 79 minutes -- is not lost on the founding members of I See Hawks in L.A. Founding members lead vocalist Rob Waller and guitarist Paul Lacques address that anomaly in their wry, witty seven pages of liner notes to this generous 17-track overview of the titular years. The group only released four albums during those nine years, but this career/label-spanning disc packs enough terrific Americana into its playing time to convince any fan of the genre that this group`s music has flown under the radar for too long. It`s impossible not to reference Gram Parsons, not just due to the sun-baked West Coast roots and C&W sensibilities, but because of the soul and subtle humor evident in the groove. Seven songs are previously unreleased, so even those familiar with the Hawks` catalog will need to add this to their collections, especially since some of the newly recorded tunes, including the title track, are highlights of the collection."-AMG.
Song #1 - mp3
Song #2 - mp3