Harlan County

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  • Summary: This is the reissue of Jim Ford's debut (and only complete) album released in 1969.
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  1. Uncut
    Aug 18, 2011
    100
    Excellent and indispensable. [Sep 2011, p.94]
  2. Jul 26, 2011
    80
    They are of interest as a curiosity, especially for pub rock fanatics, but Harlan County illustrates why Jim Ford never became a cult artist in his own right.
  3. Jul 26, 2011
    80
    This is the first stateside CD reissue of the stylistically peerless album.
  4. Under The Radar
    Aug 4, 2011
    80
    It's a shame that he didn't become more well known, because the album is 10 songs of top-notch songwriting that never falters. [Jul 2011, p.90]
  5. Aug 10, 2011
    80
    From listening to both of the intended follow-ups to his first album, though, you wouldn't know any better, as both records capitalize on the musical maturity of Harlan County in different but equally satisfying directions.
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    80
    It's sad for Ford's memory, but lucky for us: Harlan County remains a solitary delight, away and apart, to itself.
  7. Mojo
    Aug 30, 2011
    80
    This is resilient, tough, exultant music that just didn't push thorough a t the time. [Sep 2011, p.113]
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  1. Oct 7, 2011
    10
    One of the best albums ever made. Heard it for the first time in 2005 and got blown away by the songs, vocals, arrangements, everything. TheOne of the best albums ever made. Heard it for the first time in 2005 and got blown away by the songs, vocals, arrangements, everything. The best best description of Jim Fords music was made by the man himself: COUNTRYFUNKY Expand