Not a member yet?
Click here to register.

Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here.
Latest Comments
Guys she's on Facebook, I...
Maybe Franne was friends ...
Rudy was co-written by Fe...
Great album and excellent...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Redefined ...
H.E.A.T - 2017 Eye Of The...
Keldian - 2017 Blood Red ...
No, I'm changing my mind ...
Code Red - 2017 Heat Of T...
Yeah, I quite liked this,...
Midnite City - 2017 Summe...
Target - 1979 Taxman [yo...
Cher - 1982 Rudy [youtub...
Cher - 1982 Games [youtu...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Revolution Saints - 2017 ...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Devi...
Black Sabbath - 1989 Head...
Neal Schon - 1989 Softly ...
Getting back into this al...
You must login to post a message.

20-11-2017 22:15
Anyone have a rip of the Daddy Warbucks album on Tiger Lily from 76 please?

19-11-2017 09:44
Burn (UK) will have their new album 'Ice Age' released in Japan via Marquee/Avalon on Nov 22. The album is then released worldwide on Jan 19th 2018 via Melodicrock Records.

19-11-2017 09:40
I was a bit cranky last week, waiting for various things to happen with the website transition. God it's good to be back. Didn't Gary Glitter sing a song like that? dogrun

19-11-2017 07:06
Note to all Members. Please review your Message inboxes. Some of these are getting rather large. Thanks.

19-11-2017 03:05
OK, all the YouTube videos are working again. Just use the YT link, and then encase in tags [ youtube] at the start, [/ youtube] at the end. Cool. Thumbs Up

Articles Hierarchy
Articles Home » 1979 Articles » Pure Prairie League - 1979 Can't Hold Back
Pure Prairie League - 1979 Can't Hold Back

ARTIST: Pure Prairie League
ALBUM: Can't Hold Back
YEAR: 1979
CD REISSUE: 1998, One Way Records, OW-34525


LINEUP: Vince Gill - vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, banjo, dobro * Patrick Bolen - guitars, vocals * Michael Connor - keyboards, synthesizer * Michael Rielly - bass, vocals * Billy Hinds - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Can't Hold Back * 02 I Can't Believe * 03 Rude Rude Awakening * 04 White Line * 05 Misery Train * 06 Restless Woman * 07 I'm Goin' Away * 08 Jerene * 09 Livin' It Alone * 10 Fool Fool * 11 Goodbye So Long

WEBLINKS: www.pureprairieleague.com

Like Lynyrd Skynyrd's 'Freebird', Pure Prairie League's 'Amie' is one of the most overplayed tunes on classic rock radio bar none and it's always been that way for better or worse. Back in the day I can't recall hearing another League song on the radio up until 'Rude Rude Awakening' from 'Can't Hold Back' and that was late at night on a Canadian radio station I used to tune into. 'Amie' was to Pure Prairie League as 'Riding The Storm Out' was to REO Speedwagon; a one FM hit wonder that couldn't get the band a free meal outside their Midwest fan base despite touring like the dickens. After a handful of lackluster records, the addition of a then unknown Vince Gill on guitar and vocals as well as a move towards AOR rock, Pure Prairie League turned a new page with 'Can't Hold Back'.

The Songs
Five of the record's eleven songs were written by Gill, including the breezy title track and with the use of hot sax and latin rhythms, its clear Pure Prairie League had moved to new pastures with the addition of Gill. 'I Can't Believe', another Gill tune is nothing but radio friendly and a good example of just how 80's bands like Restless Heart owed a huge debt to these guys. The aforementioned 'Rude Rude Awakening' is the best cut on the record and comparing the song to the Atlanta Rhythm Section wouldn't be off the mark. 'Mystery Train', side one's closer is a favourite as well with banjo and an Allman Brothers feel, I'm reminded of walking along the train tracks and banks of the Mississippi River on a hot Minnesota summer afternoon - picture music at it's very best. Side two has its share of quality cuts as well and 'Restless Woman' will impress Player and Ambrosia fans. 'I'm Goin' Away' again is reminiscent of the Allman's and with Vince Gill's signature on the song writing credit, it's clear why he would be the dominating force in the Pure Prairie League sound into the early 1980's.

In Summary
As you might gather 'Can't Hold Back' is my favourite of all the League albums and was reissued on CD by Wounded Bird a few years ago with an altered cover although I have to ask - why the yellow border? Whatever. With a few exceptions I'm not a big country rock guy and when it comes down to Vince Gill's solo career or his marriage to former CCM babe Amy Grant, I couldn't give two hoots but this album earns my highest recommendation. Buy it!

All written content on this website is copyrighted.
Copying of material without permission is not permitted.

This article has been tagged
#1 | dangerzone on December 31 2008 13:07:06
Great album indeed!
#2 | gdazegod on February 06 2011 03:54:00
I think this was actually reissued by One Way Records in 1998 rather than Wounded Bird. I think WB only worked on one PPL album, and that was 1978's 'Just Fly' which was reissued in 2007. Regardless, the two LP's that Vince Gill played on are incredible! As Eric says.. BUY IT!
#3 | swazi on February 14 2011 11:08:44
Well, I'm holding the One Way Records CD reissue of this release in my hands right now, but I can't find the production date anywhere.
#4 | gdazegod on February 14 2011 12:07:27
I cross-checked RYM, Music Stack and Discogs.com, they advise a 1998 release for this. Though they might be reading off the same page, doesn't necessarily mean that it's true. They could just be cannibalising each others info. But I take them at their word until proven otherwise.
Post Comment
Please Login to Post a Comment.
Rating is available to Members only.

Please login or register to vote.

No Ratings have been Posted.
Articles Cloud
Black N Blue - 1988 In Heat, Wheeler, Bob - 1986 Bob Wheeler, Brock, Terry - 2001 Back To Eden, UFO - 1978 Obsession, Teaze - 1980 Body Shots, Goodwyn, Myles - 1988 Myles Goodwyn, Larsson, Sven - 2012 Bad Mad Man, Alien - 1988 Alien, Starbuck - 1976 Moonlight Feels Right, Johnson, Eric - 1998 Seven Worlds, Southern Sons - 1992 Nothing But The Truth, Hobbit - 2003 Interview Part 4, Safire - 1995 Safire, Marianus - 1981 Visions From Out Of The Blue, Kilzer, John - 1988 Memory In The Making
Autograph Alkemyst Kelv Hellrazer Interview Glad Joal Motorhead Palace Rob Moratti Tears Of Anger Grim Reaper Wounded Bird Stardrive Jack James Shabby Tiger Teresa Straley Harlow Total Eclipse Faithful Breath Paul Cotton Poco Jude Cole Planet X Rock Candy Records Harlequin (Canada) Deep Purple SPYS Jack Russell Great White Kaja Strangeways Rock Candy Records Ross Kamelot Laura Branigan Waterloo Shotgun Symphony
All Tags
Search DDG