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All in good time

Postby john44256 » Mon Feb 16, 2009 8:19 am

I friend found this CD in his attic and gave it too me, I have never listened yet, but wanted to get your feedback on this album?

I have not posted on this board much but I am a new PPL fan. I do have Bustin' out and two lane highway tho.

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Postby Tom » Mon Feb 16, 2009 9:23 am

Hi John,

Thanks for stopping by.

The CD has received enormous acclaim from fans and critics. Check out the thread near the top "mighty fine..." where many fans posted about it. That thread alone has over 20,000 hits. There are also many comments scattered through the site. The CD has done very well for the band and has been extremly well reviewed by many magazines.

Here's some reviews:

Maverick Magazine

Classic american band still has what it takes...... Country-rock pioneers Pure Prairie League celebrate their 37th anniversary this year. It was way back in 1969 in Southern Ohio that the Craig Fuller-led band played a mix of covers and originals. They lifted their name from a 1939 Errol Flyn flick called Dodge City. The movie's PPL was the womans temperance union attempting to clean up Kansas most lawless town. They were signed to RCA the following year and over the next twenty years they released some ground-breaking country-rock albums and can count among their members Vince Gill (who joined in 1979 ang sung on their pop top ten hit Let Me Love You Tonight) and award winning songwriter Gary Burr. The PPL front has been ominously quiet these past few years. There have been several reunions and a long pause before the release of this excellent new album. Fuller is still there joined now by long time bassist Mike Reilly, drummer Rick Schell (most recently a member of pinmokey), guitarist Curtis Wright, and multi-instrumentalist Fats Kaplin.
The albums second track, I Sure Do Miss You Now, lulls you in, and the next track Dont Go Confessing Your Love could fit in nicely with 1970's fm radio. All this and a pedalsteel-laced, back porch version of Walkin In My Sleep a song Fuller wrote withGary Scruggs. The sturdy hooks of the albums country rock anthems- Getting Over You and Here Tomorrow, Gone Today are the most bouyant of these, express the optomistic side of a life intensely lived and expressed. As winning a combination today as it was thirty years ago. PPL have put together an album that contains a healthy dose of freshly penned songs, all uniformerly well-arranged and well produced, with enough interesting surprises to make it the well rounded effort long time fans have become

Minor 7th Magazine

A blast from the past perhaps, but one that retains its charge, as the PPL gang cozies up to Nashville and puts the country right out front in the mix. Craig Fuller's trademark vocals are complemented by snappy songwriting that should please many of their fans and could even win over some converts. Tracks like "I Sure Do Miss You Now" stay close to the genre with lyrics that hang in the Nashville pocket, as in "...the only thing I'm sure about is I sure do miss you now." The band gives a nod to some Louisiana vibes in "Nothing Like the Lonely" and "Cajun Girl." The former features an acoustic country feel complemented by a Zachary Richard turn by Fats Kaplin on accordion. "Cajun Girl" features more Fats on accordion and fiddle in a song built around some classic PPL changes and a great drum battery by Rick Schell. "Here Tomorrow, Gone Today" sports a great country chorus hook against a sparse verse set to a perfect kick drum. A lovely nod to the signature Eagles gambit is found in "That Changes Everything Again." "One of Those Things" proves to be a classic country chart single driven by, once again, Kaplin on pedal steel. "The Cost of Doing Business" is an interesting song. You could call it the journeyman's blues on life in the musical AA leagues. It's affecting, honest and reflects a mature songwriting perspective that you see a lot of in the new Nashville -- more personal, introspective and intelligent than the old school. Fuller remains in good voice throughout -- not something one can expect from every band in its nth decade. And the harmonies should not be left without a shout-out either. One little complaint to the ears of this reviewer is a seemingly uneven mastering job that obscures the vocals on some sound systems, while overflowing that 2KHz Fender Twin bite on others. Or maybe its just my tinnitus acting up again. The "bonus" live track, "If You Could Say What I'm Thinking," shows these guys to be a state fair attraction not to be missed. A powerful rhythm section drives a hooky song in an inspired performance that showcases these guys as the accomplished pros they are.
© Steve Klingaman

Village Records CD Hunting Guide

Don't roll your eyes and think there's nothing on this disc that you'll like. That's what I did when it arrived in the mail and for the first time since I can't remember when I was wrong. I was there in the early seventies when this band was tearing up the charts with their clean harmony driven brand of country rock. This edition with Fuller and Riley still fronting the band has come up with an excellent new disc. Adding Fats Kaplan to play all kinds of stuff was a great move. These are all new songs that manage to sound like they could have been on any of those early albums. Fresh, breezy, top notch playing and some catchy tunes make this one a winner. With a foot in the past and one in the present they have defied the odds.

Music News Nashville

It's been more than 30 years since Pure Prairie League's "Amie" (Bustin' Out - 1974) rocketed up the pop charts, taking country rock into the mainstream and I couldn't be happier; I get to review one of my favorite band's newest releases. To say that I like Pure Prairie League is an understatement-- my youngest daughter shares her name with their mega-hit and to this day, "Amie" is one of her favorite songs. But a band is not necessarily defined by their hit songs; the true test of a musical icon is when a group's music crosses the generation gap. When it does, it has achieved greatness; without a doubt, Pure Prairie League is one of the greatest country rock bands to ever hit the scene.

This group is like fine wine--they get better as they age. You can hear it in the mellowing of Fuller's voice, much smoother and softer around the edges than back in the day. The playing is more expressive, a little more laid back, but still PPL at their finest. On All In Good Time... you will find 12 tracks of solid songwriting, enhanced by Mike Reilly's empathic production, and PPL's signature sound. The only disappointment is that there isn't an "Amie" on this CD, but to expect one would be to set unfair limits on a band that has already proven their worth. There isn't a track here that you wouldn't want to listen to more than once. If had to pick a hit, it would be "The Cost Of Doing Business".

But what can you say about a group that helped define a genre? The Eagles probably took some pointers from Craig and the boys. I'll bet that Poco did some imitating, too. And I'm sure there are groups out there right now who could use dose of PPL.

Not too long ago, a friend of mine called me up to tell me he had seen a PPL performance in New Braunfels, Texas. His review was a stream of superlatives that I dare not repeat here, but I'll paraphrase: "These guys are are f------ great! As good as they ever were and probably a thousand f----- times better..." I couldn't agree more.

One more from Country Standard Time

Craig Fuller has had a well-traveled career. He was an original member of Pure Prairie League and the foundation for their early '70s country pop hits (including the classic and still fresh "Amie"), a critical hit in his duo with Eric Kaz and orchestrated the second successful phase of Little Feat.
Fuller comes full circle with the reunification of Pure Prairie League and the release of the classically tinged and completely satisfying new CD. Fuller, original bassist Mike Reilly and early keyboardist Michael Connor (who sadly passed away from cancer two years ago) reassembled the heart of PPL, and it is that '70s country rock heart that beats so proudly throughout.
From the rock twang jangle of upbeat shakers and movers like the opener, "Gettin' Over You," "Don't Go Confessing Your Love" and "That Changes Everything Again" to gentler melancholy pop reflections like "I Sure Do Miss You Now" and "Meant to Be," PPL sounds as vital and vibrant as they did in their "Bustin' Out"/"Two Lane Highway" days. And much of the credit has to be reserved for Fuller, who co-wrote the hell out of 10 of the 12 songs.
There aren't many bands with a 30-plus year history (some of which includes the contributions of a young Vince Gill) that can recapture the heart-pounding energy and heart-rending beauty of their earliest triumphs. Pure Prairie League does it almost effortlessly here, an unlikely but potent entry for one of the year's best albums.

Here's a link to another. ... eague.html

For other comments on other PPL CD's see the thread by woogie PPL THe Best

I must run now, I'll be back later in week with more,

Take care,Tom
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