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The Hard Way

Steve Earle, The Dukes

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"... tougher guitar sound and darker lyrics ... reflected the headaches generated by his wild lifestyle. Critics still lauded his work ..."
- Rolling Stone

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1
The Other Kind
Steve Earle; The Dukes
5:09
2
Promise You Anything
Steve Earle; The Dukes
2:44
3
Esmeralda's Hollywood
Steve Earle; The Dukes
6:02
4
Hopeless Romantics
Steve Earle; The Dukes
2:45
5
This Highway's Mine (Roadmaster)
Steve Earle; The Dukes
3:54
6
Billy Austin
Steve Earle; The Dukes
6:17
7
Justice in Ontario
Steve Earle; The Dukes
4:48
8
Have Mercy
Steve Earle; The Dukes
4:41
9
When the People Find Out
Steve Earle; The Dukes
4:11
10
Country Girl
Steve Earle; The Dukes
4:12
11
Regular Guy
Steve Earle; The Dukes
3:17
12
West Nashville Boogie
Steve Earle; The Dukes
3:10
13
Close Your Eyes
Steve Earle; The Dukes
4:45
Total Playing Time    55:55
"... could almost be called heavy metal country, in music and lyrics ... basic production style is big-beat drums, splashy, chimey electric guitar and some interesting acoustic mandolin interludes ... The Hard Way is significant.".
- Stereophile

"While he continues to studiously march to the beat of his own drummer ... that drummer has been beating the skins harder and faster ... you still hear mandolins and violins on some songs, but they have to strain to rise above the guitars and snare drums ... suggests Springsteen after a jug of rotgut. Earle also flexes his rock muscles on the Rolling Stones-like stomp of Country Girl ... his vocals are rougher and more growly, his music is tougher than ever before. Truth to tell, a lot of it ain't pretty. It sure isn't going to endear him to the Nashville set, but it just may lead the rock audience to embrace him."
- People

Steve Earle's fourth album, released in 1990, proved to be his last recording for four years, a period of great personal turmoil for Earle. The aptly-titled album was recorded in Nashville as Earle was struggling with severe drug addiction and features two songs co-written with Maria McKee. Celebrating the 30th anniversary of Earle's debut, this album has been remastered from the original tapes.

"I defend The Hard Way to the death, because I almost died in the process of making it."
- Steve Earle
96 kHz / 24-bit PCM – Geffen Records Studio Masters

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