- Released: March 23, 1999
- Label: Sugarhill
Spin - 5/99, p.1547 (out of 10)
- "...the songs themselves--full of picking, fiddling, and other stations of the cross--are mostly split between ones abou the Second Coming and ones about folks in need of His forgiveness. The landscape's not so far from that of King Of The Hill; the modern South as envisioned by an affectionate smartass..."
Q - 6/99, p.1003 (out of 5)
- Excellent - "...Terry Allen is deeply rooted in the finest tradition of Texas storytellers....SALIVATION will be manna to the faithful few as he again goes looking for clues among the flotsam and jetsam cast adrift on America's great lost highway..."
Dirty Linen - 8-9/99, pp.85-6
"...his songs are big, spacious and full of character....Allen's wit is so wicked that it's hard to believe he's toned it down..."
- 2.The Doll
- 3.Billy the Boy
- 4.Southern Comfort
- 5.Rio Ticino
- 6.Red Leg Boy
- 7.Cortez Sail
- 8.X-Mas on the Isthmus
- 9.Ain't No Top 40 Song
- 10.The Show
- 11.Give Me the Flowers While I'm Living
Personnel: Terry Allen (vocals, piano, clavinova, harmonium, djembe); Bukka Allen (vocals, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, harmonium); Bale Allen, Los Dos Rockin Tacos (vocals); Lloyd Maines (acoustic, electric, baritone, slide, papoose & pedal steel guitars, dobro, mandolin, triangle, dumbek, tamborine, background vocals); Guy Clark (acoustic guitar); Ian Moore (electric guitar, bass); Charlie Sexton (B-bender guitar, bazouki, cumbus); Richard Bowden (mandolin, fiddle, cello, trumpet, background vocals); Ben Saffer (metal & bass clarinets); Mark Rubin (tuba, acoustic bass); Glen Fukunaga (acoustic & electric basses); Davis McLarty (drums, djembe); Marcia Ball (background vocals); Sled Harvey Allen; Joe Harvey Allen.
Recorded at Cedar Creek, Austin, Texas.
Personnel: Terry Allen (vocals, piano, djembe); Lloyd Maines (vocals, acoustic guitar, steel guitar, dobro, dumbek, tambourine); Richard Bowden (vocals, mandolin, fiddle, cello, trumpet); Marcia Ball (vocals); Guy Clark (acoustic guitar); Ian Moore (electric guitar); Bukka Allen (accordion, organ); Mark Rubin (tuba, upright bass); Davis McLarty (drums, djembe).
Recording information: Cedar Creek Studios, Austin, TX.
Photographer: Todd V. Wolfson.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Guy Clark; Marcia Ball; Mark Rubin ; Terry Allen; Ian Moore ; Charlie Sexton.
Terry Allen--artist, sculptor, singer and songwriter--is one of Austin's (and America's) formerly best kept musical secrets. "Formerly" because his last album, HUMAN REMAINS, had some heavyweights friends backing him up, like Lucinda Williams and ex-Talking Heads David Byrne. His gravely voice is best described as a cross between Robbie Robertson, Randy Newman, Townes Van Zandt and Tom Waits. His songwriting, too, begs comparison with these figures. Wry, sardonic, tart, irreverent, satirical--Allen's songs are like short stories, with "Twilight Zone"/"South Park"-like twists to them.
"The Doll" is about the way Jesus Christ and religion is "used" and/or ignored by modern society. Musically, he draws on country, folk, Cajun, blues and African music. If Kurt Weil had grown up in Texas listening to Bob Dylan and the Band's BASEMENT TAPES, he might sound like Terry Allen. If you like your songwriters astute and cynical (like Elvis Costello to Richard Thompson), get SALIVATION.