Link Montana and the Roamin'  Catholics | "Greatest Hits :1984-2009"

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"Greatest Hits :1984-2009"

by Link Montana and the Roamin' Catholics

The sounds of California surf , Memphis rockabilly and Nashville country all show up on this disc from the legendary Cape Cod songwriter and his band. Buddy Holly and Gram Parson's love child ?
Genre: Country: Progressive Country
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1. So Very Very Gone Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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2. Then I Wouldn't Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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3. Walk Right Back Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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4. Learnin' Nothin's Gonna Last Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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5. Looks Like I'll Never Stop Dreamin' About You Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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6. I Wanna' Tell You Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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7. Forget Me Not Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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8. If It Feels Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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9. Jennifer's Not Gonna' Break My Heart Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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10. Kelly the Singing Waitress Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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11. The Reason Why You're Changin' Your Mind Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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12. Forever Waitin' Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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13. I'll Get By Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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14. You Said Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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15. Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder Link Montana and the Roamin Catholics
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
With selections recorded over the last 25 years in five different studios he has run way out on Cape Cod, Link Montana
manages to pull together some amazing talent that drifted onto the windswept sandbar. Guitarist Geoffrey Morris played
with The Barbarians back in the sixties, Joey Spampinato played with NRBQ for almost 40 years, pedal steel virtuoso Geoff Patterson played with Boston's Cabin Fever, Rikki Bates has been the biggest musical star on Cape Cod for decades (and it's only transvestite drummer) and 30 years of playing the Cape's bar scene have honed them into first class purveyors of vintage American music. This collection of Link's original songs reflects his time in the country (Cape Cod, Arizona, NewHampshire and Newfoundland) and tells some of his stories. Meticulously engineered and produced by the aforementioned Miss Bates and Link himself .


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GeneralEclectic

A nice introduction to the body of work of Bruce MacLean a/k/a Link Montana
Now this is an album I wish was available on CD, too, in all its lossless glory.
I was lucky enough to come across Rock N Roll guitarist, singer and songwriter Link Montana on youtube a few years ago where he had posted a performance of John D. Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" which he played with his band the Rough Riders, at the most unlikely place you would ever expect to hear the sound of a pure and loud rock n roll band which really has got the "roll": inside a shopping mall. Given the fact that NRBQ's former bassist Joey Spampinato and the formidable drummer he stole (or maybe just lended) from Link Montana for his own band, J. Cournoyer, were in the band for that performance, the more bizarre it made that video look. These musicians are absolutely world class, and there they are, playing in a mall?

Of course, I had to find out immediately who is this Link Montana and if there are some CDs available of him. Apparently, you can get some of them through the website of his studio, Maclean Studio, in Cape Cod.
If you have come across Link because of the NRBQ connection, I recommend you get the "Joe's" CD because that's the one with Joey, J. and Rikki Bates of the Incredible Casuals is on that one, too.

Now this greatest hits set is an ideal companion piece to "Joe's" since only "Kelly", "Walk Right Back", "Absence" and "I'll Get By" from that album are included in this compilation and it lets you discover the rest of Link's recording career.
Unfortunately, with mp3 downloads, there are no booklets where you could learn about the rest of his albums so even I can only be guessing about where most of those songs first appeared on.

But the opener "So Very Very Gone" is a new song from 2009, the obvious first single from this set. And there is even a youtube video for it. Enjoy!

Still, I have no idea why CDBaby lists this under "progressive country" since it's really Rock N Roll.