Mickey Newbury is in fine form on Looks Like Rain/Live at Montezuma, a release which could be called his "greatest hits," even though most of these songs are better-known by other artists. Live at Montezuma Hall is just Newbury and his guitar before an appreciative audience. The record boasts such Newbury staples as "San Francisco Mabel Joy" and "Heaven Help the Child," but the song that truly stands out is his version of "An American Trilogy." Looks Like Rain is a studio effort backed by some of Nashville's finest pickers and includes such excellent tracks as "She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye," "T Total Tommy," and a studio version of "San Francisco Mabel Joy." The only thing which may mar your enjoyment of this record is the "Rain & Train Sound Effects" courtesy of the Mystic Moods Orchestra. They must have been used as an idea to set a certain mood for the enjoyment of these tunes, but the songs themselves set the mood perfectly. Nevertheless, the album is a good look at Mickey Newbury and it's worth seeking out.
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