Flash Giveaway!

Taking a page from my pal Deborah Blake and offering a quick contest that’ll get you a copy of Chapel of Ease and–although it’s totally unrelated–one of the great albums of the late 80s that you’ve probably never heard.

Back in that long-ago time, my friend Hays introduced me to the music of Mississippi’s own Webb Wilder. His album Hybrid Vigor remains one of the few all-killer-no-filler discs that has held up to this day, 27 years later, from the opening chords of “Hittin’ Where It Hurts” to the final spoken “Ungawah!*

I stumbled across an extra copy of it this weekend (because I ain’t giving away mine) at Frugal Muse in Madison. For a chance to win it, and a signed copy of Chapel of Ease, simply leave a comment below and tell me about your favorite all-killer-no-filler album before midnight Thursday. And of course, in the meantime, try to live by the Webb Wilder Credo:

Webb Wilder Credo

*And you get bonus points if you know the source for this.

26 Comments on “Flash Giveaway!”

  1. Hands down, my favorite would have to be Swampblood by the Legendary Shack Shakers. Dark, gritty, and still fast, it is a dirge without limit.

  2. If you are judging all-killer-no-filler by something that you would listen to over and over and not get tired of I would say, Eric Clapton Journeyman.

  3. I’ll nominate Indigo Girls’ “All that We Let In” as an all-killer, no-filler album. I think it is one of their more underrated works, and I like every single track on the album but each for entirely different reasons – some are activist songs, some are songs are heartbreak, and some are just fun.
    And of course I’d love to win these prizes!

  4. Lets see…either studio album from the Gear Daddies (awesome Minnesota alt-country before it was cool and their first album cover made me think they were a punk band), Moondance from Van Morrison (stiff drink on a rainy day) Aja from Steely Dan (drink your big black cow and get outta here) Flyer from Nanci Griffith.

  5. Queen “Live Killers” is one of my favorites. Of course, just about any old Queen album would do. 😉

  6. Can’t off the top of my head think of a rock album that fits (I’m sure I have one or two) so I am going to go classical. Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto and the Rachmaninov 2nd with Van Cliburn as soloist. No one played those two before or since anywhere near as awesome.

  7. Torn between Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures and New Gold Dream from Simple Minds. One for the dark days, the other for sunny days. Never heard of this Wilder bloke.

  8. This is a tough one for me. I’ve often considered what my “desert island ” top 5 albums would be, but deciding on one seems almost impossible due to me being into so many different kinds of music.
    Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon, The Beatles- Sgt Pepper’s, The Beatles – Abby Road, The Who-Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young – Deja Vu, Kansas – Leftoverture….
    Still, the one album that I could listen to over and over again and never get tired of would be George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra – Beethovens 6th, The Pastoral.
    Of course I don’t think there’s any filler on any of my own albums… but the thought of only having myself to listen to really would kind of suck…..
    Oh…and I really do hope to win the book and album!!

  9. That’s a hard question, Alex, I have a couple! My go to for many years has been Duran Duran’s Wedding Album – it can brighten a bad day for me, seriously. But today and now? That’s the Continued Silence EP from Imagine Dragons, before they hit the big time – so much in there appeals to me on many levels. I have followed them ever since, but still prefer that first album I ever downloaded from them.

  10. My favorite album, all killer no filler, has to be Hunting High and Low by A-Ha. I still listen to it, and it still holds up very well.

  11. “Umgawah!” is, of course, from George of the jungle.
    Let’s see… All-killer-no-filler…
    “Santiago” -The Chieftains
    “Parcel of Rogues” -Steeleye Span
    “Kick Out The Jams” -MC5
    “Winery Dogs” -Winery Dogs
    “Clockwork Angels” -Rush
    “East-West” -Butterfield Blues Band
    That’ll do it. There are a lot of albums I play a lot, but there’s always that one song I gotta skip.

  12. Oh yeah…I forgot to add Joni Mitchel’s Court and Spark and her Hissing of Summer Lawns albums.
    OK, so I want a whole lot of music in my desert island….

  13. It would be lovely to win a copy…the first time I entered a contest for one of Deborah’s Baba Yaga books I won..I like tradition!
    My favourite album right now would be The Crane Wife by the Decemberists..tomorrow it may be something else.

  14. Tear the whole world down by We Are the Fallen. They only put out one album i know of. Their song Sleep well my angel is the inspiration for my current WIP.
    And the reference is first from Tarzan to start taking to animals. The word was later used by black youth as a power word in the 70s. Dave Chapelle used it in comedy skits To make fun of how white people spoke to blacks.

  15. Wow. Albums that I don’t ever skip a song….tough one. Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Dark Side of the Moon, Roger Waters’ Pros & Cons of Hitchhiking, Counting Crows’ This Desert Life, Sheryl Crow’s The Globe Sessions, Aimee Mann’s Bachelor No. 2 or, the Last Remains of the Dodo – well, I’ll stop there. This is a great contest!

  16. Mine would have to be VNV Nation’s Automatic. Not only do I love every song on it, but the arrangement of songs into a larger cohesive whole adds a lot to me wanting to listen to it over and over, beginning to end.

  17. This was an extremely difficult thing for me to pin down. I’ve loved Music for at least 57 years, and I just turned 58! There’s so much to choose from. So many artists, so many genres, and so many decades of great music. After much thought and after weighing the impact that numerous albums have had on my musical-soul, I kept returning to one album in particular, and that album is…
    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles.
    Yes, it’s mainstream rock, but that doesn’t diminish he fact that it’s a Phenomenal album and it will forever remain an album of astronomical importance in music history!

  18. Blows Against the Empire-Jefferson Starship

    The Essential Steve Earle

    Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Debut

    Asleep at the Wheel almost all of theirs

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