An American Trilogy: Looks Like Rain/'Frisco Mabel Joy/Heaven Help The Child Image
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  • Summary: The 1960's Nashville singer-songwriter's three concept albums are remastered and collected together in a box set.
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  1. Jun 21, 2011
    100
    This fabulous box-set finally unites the trilogy. Tragic, poignant, yet uplifting, Newbury's tough-guy singing will often inexorably reduce the listener to tears.
  2. Jun 21, 2011
    90
    Looks Like Rain, 'Frisco Mabel Joy, and Heaven Help the Child are still fascinating documents--not quite Nashville, not quite pop, not exactly experimental. Newbury literally created his own artistic place that's simultaneously familiar and unclassifiable.
  3. Nov 14, 2011
    90
    This is essential for fans of Texas singer-songwriters, Americana, idiosyncratic albums, or for anyone looking to have an intimate exchange with a sensitive man during a turbulent time in American pop culture history.
  4. Jun 21, 2011
    86
    Newbury conceived them specifically as a trilogy examining his own romantic past as well as the country's contentious history, and 40 years later, they sound just as imaginative, evocative, and emotional as ever.
  5. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    This Texas native (1940-2002) was a one-man song factory in the late Sixties, writing hits for Nashville royalty. But Newbury's hurt and searching, draped in chamber-country silk, bloomed best on the solo LPs in this box.
  6. Jun 21, 2011
    80
    Looks Like Rain, 'Frisco Mabel Joy and Heaven Help the Child--represent an outre high-water mark of sorts in the country singer-songwriter era.
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