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The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know from the Times You Can't Remember

The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know from the Times You Can't Remember

by Robert Earl Keen Robert Earl Keen


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Robert Earl Keen is something of a barroom legend in his native Texas, where his gigs usually attract large crowds of well-oiled admirers who are predictably eager to hear comic songs like "The Five Bound Bass," "Barbeque," "Merry Christmas from the Family," and "Copenhagen" (which, since these are Texans we're talking about, is about the chewing tobacco and not the city). Of course, anyone who's spent much time with Keen's albums knows there's a lot more to his work than that -- he's a superb narrative tunesmith who can write about tragedy and heartbreak just as well as he can milk a crowd for laughs -- and while this compilation, assembled by his former label, Sugar Hill, attempts to honor both sides of Keen's personality, the title and the arm-waving cactus cover art make it clear where the greatest emphasis lies. And as such things go, The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know from the Times You Can't Remember is an enjoyable overview of Keen's work for Sugar Hill; while it's drawn from only three of the six albums he recorded for the label, there are several solid laugh-getters (including the four aforementioned tunes), as well as some excellent tunes in a more serious vein, most notably "Dreadful Selfish Crime," "I'm Comin' Home," "Gringo Honeymoon," and "The Road Goes on Forever" (which is sort of the title song, though the phrase is used with a large degree of sarcasm). As a one-disc introduction to Robert Earl Keen or a one-stop shopping place for his less discriminating fans, The Party Never Ends: Songs You Know from the Times You Can't Remember does its job and does it well, but beginners are advised to explore Keen's catalog for a broader portrait if this is at all to your taste.

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Product Details

Release Date: 10/14/2003
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0015891108025
catalogNumber: 1080
Rank: 80139


  1. The Five Pound Bass
  2. The Front Porch Song
  3. I'm Comin' Home
  4. Dreadful Selfish Crime
  5. Think It Over One Time
  6. It's the Little Things
  7. Copenhagen
  8. Barbeque
  9. Gringo Honeymoon
  10. Mariano
  11. The Bluegrass Widow
  12. The Road Goes on Forever
  13. Merry Christmas from the Family

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Robert Earl Keen   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Jerry Douglas   Dobro
Mark Howard   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sam Bacco   Percussion
Rich Brotherton   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Bryan Duckworth   Fiddle
Dave Durocher   Drums
Dennis Locorriere   Vocal Harmony
George Marinelli   Electric Guitar
Gurf Morlix   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocal Harmony
Pat McInerney   Percussion,Drums
Lisa Silver   Vocal Harmony
Tommy Spurlock   Pedal Steel Guitar
Garry Tallent   Bass
Jonathan Yudkin   Acoustic Guitar,Fiddle,Mandolin,Vocal Harmony
Roy Huskey   Upright Bass
Joey Misculin   Accordion
Dave Heath   Upright Bass,Vocal Harmony

Technical Credits

Lyle Lovett   Composer
Tasha Thomas   Creative Services Coordinator
Robert Earl Keen   Composer
Jonathan Yudkin   Arranger
Sue Meyer   Art Direction
Lynn Lancaster   Producer

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