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Bargain Hunter: Trace Adkins, X (Today Only)

Friday, February 27th, 2009

traceTrace Adkins’ new album, X, is being offered as part of Amazon’s Friday Five deal for today only.

Our own Blake Boldt had this to say about Adkins’ latest album:

“Although not a leading light in the genre, Adkins’ reputation as a reliable hitmaker has afforded him creative choices, and X demonstrates a surpassing ability to connect to the core concepts of country music. It’s an album that supplies more art and less compromise. With his flesh-and-blood depiction of a country boy, Adkins proves that he can take risks and be rewarded. If justice is served, his under-the-radar routine won’t be a permanent act.”

So, head over to Amazon and grab an MP3 copy for just $5.

Buying instructions: click on the big “Play” symbol to play the clips. When they start playing, a little box with information about the track will appear at the bottom of the box. Click where it says the album’s name (X) to reach the full album. Alternatively, you can click the yellow “Buy MP3″ button to go to the page of the individual song that’s playing, from which you can also reach the full album’s page.


Bargain Hunter: Gillian Welch (Today Only!)

Monday, February 16th, 2009

Gillian Welch, Revival - $1.99

Folks, don’t even think twice about this one. If you are a country fan and don’t own Gillian Welch’s wonderful, rootsy debut album, you have no excuse for not clicking the box below and dropping 2 bucks on it. Don’t just take my word for it: listen to the clips and hear for yourself. Entertainment Weekly writer Chris Willman recently named Revival one of the “25 Country Albums You Need to Hear (Even if You Hate Country Music)”, if you need yet another opinion. Unless you’re worried about your little expenses adding up or you don’t like MP3s, you really have nothing to lose and much to potentially gain at this price. But the deal is only good today, so get going!

Buying instructions: click on the big “Play” symbol to play the clips. When they start playing, a little box with information about the track will appear at the bottom of the box. Click where it says the album’s name (Revival) to reach the full album. Alternatively, you can click the yellow “Buy MP3″ button to go to the page of the individual song that’s playing, from which you can also reach the full album’s page.


Bargain Hunter: Dierks Bentley, Dixie Chicks, Creedence Clearwater Revival

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

In an effort to help Country Universe readers build solid music libraries without denting their wallets too badly, we’ll periodically post run-downs of country-related bargains we spot at Amazon’s MP3 store. As with our single reviews, Each summary will be followed by a black widget with which you can listen to clips of the tracks or click through (via the “Buy MP3″ button) to that item’s page at Amazon, where you can purchase it with just a few simple clicks. (Also note that you can have the mp3s go directly into your iTunes library if you install the Amazon MP3 Downloader – good stuff!).

Also, please feel free to let us know in the comments if you find any internet bargains of your own (at Amazon or elsewhere). Without further ado:

TONIGHT ONLY – Dierks Bentley, Feel That Fire - $3.99

I’d be lying if I told you the critics were lovin’ all over this one, but most have noted the presence of at least a few good tracks, and you can’t beat this price on a new release. Act quick, though, because the discount will only be active tonight (in the future, we’ll try to let you know about these one-day deals sooner). Read Blake Boldt’s review of the album here.


Dixie Chicks, Fly$5.99

‘Round these parts, it’s regarded as the first all-around great Chicks album. Here are the facts: it landed a Grammy nod for overall Album of the Year, has sold upwards of 10 million copies, and charted an astonishing seven singles, with hits ranging from the well-liked (“Ready to Run,” “Without You”) to the downright-iconic (“Cowboy Take Me Away,” “Goodbye Earl”). It was also ranked #39 on Kevin’s 2006 rundown of the greatest country albums released since 1989. Read his write-up of it here.


Creedence Clearwater Revival, 20 Greatest Hits$4.99

No, I’m not trying to argue that CCR were a country group, because they weren’t. But John Fogerty has some significant ties to the genre as a solo artist, and you can certainly trace swamp-rock classics like “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” and “Lodi” back to the same primordial soup that spewed out country music, so…y’know, whatever. This collection compiles everything a casual fan will ever need, and at a value of $0.25 a song, who’s going to gripe?


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