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Chuck Ragan - Ole Diesel [7 inch] (Cover Artwork)

Chuck Ragan

Chuck Ragan: Ole Diesel [7 inch]Ole Diesel [7 inch] (2007)
Rat Patrol Records

Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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Chuck Ragan's Ole Diesel 7" is a UK-only release on RatPatrol Records featuring yet another two songs from the prolific songwriter. He may be back doing sporadic dates with Hot Water Music in a few months, but the plethora of material released this year should hold one over. On Side A is the main.
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Chuck Ragan's Ole Diesel 7" is a UK-only release on RatPatrol Records featuring yet another two songs from the prolific songwriter. He may be back doing sporadic dates with Hot Water Music in a few months, but the plethora of material released this year should hold one over.

On Side A is the main feature and title track: "Ole Diesel," a head-swaying acoustic piece with Ragan singing hushedly over its first part before a big, bold harmonica solo, which precedes Ragan heartily howling over the chords to close it out. He really embraces his singer/songwriter folk roots here, moreso than usual.

"The World Turned Upside Down" is on the flipside and marches forward in a fairly similar structure, though there's not much of a climax here. Ragan shuffles along the guitar strings in a picturesque manner, though, as it's easy to imagine him playing out of the boxcar of a train rustling along the tracks.

Tidy; recommended for fans of the man's recent work.

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[No U.S. distribution has been presently announced.]

 

 
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ashtraymonument (November 6, 2007)

score is for using the White Man in Hammersmith Palais single art
go Chuck

astronautjones (November 6, 2007)

just doing my part to deflate your bloated ego.

good day to you sir.

Dante3000 (November 6, 2007)

Wow...Spaceman Spiff thanks for the kind words. Maybe one day I'll e-hate (iHate?) someone as much as you do. We can reach those dreams.
-Dante

astronautjones (November 6, 2007)

yeah dante, that's really weird. totally bizarre.

we get it...you want to polish chuck's cock. why don't you just call him up and get it over with already?

escalators (November 6, 2007)

"The World Turned Upside Down" is an English folk song, that I am only familiar with because Billy Bragg did an excellent version of. Chuck's version is damn good as well.

b0cephus (November 6, 2007)

There IS a US distribution! The distro is located at the merch table at any given CR show. Picked this up last Saturday, signed and all!

Dante3000 (November 6, 2007)

Is it odd to own both the Rat Patrol Pressing and the gold/beer colored No Idea version?
I like it a lot. I'm not blown away by it but I do really like it, as with most of his work.
-Dante

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