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Maltese Falcon

by Marty Rivers

Perhaps the most enjoyable country album you can buy! Featuring some of Nashville's finest musicians. But beware …...................... You can get hooked on this!
Genre: Country: Traditional Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Maltese Falcon
3:31 $0.99
2. Why Don't You
3:09 $0.99
3. You're What Keeps Me Going On
3:56 $0.99
4. Mama Didn’t Raise No Fool
3:23 $0.99
5. If Only These Walls Could Talk
3:01 $0.99
6. He's Walking by My Side
3:36 $0.99
7. Magnifico Mexico
3:39 $0.99
8. Stormy Waters
3:26 $0.99
9. Tonight Mr. DJ
3:32 $0.99
10. February of '59
2:57 $0.99
11. Silver Train
3:39 $0.99
12. Sweet Lorena
3:40 $0.99
13. Texas Lady
3:45 $0.99
14. Love Is a Wonder
4:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Maltese Falcon is Marty Rivers’ latest album and it’s his most ambitious project so far; it is a collection of 14 original songs, all of which were written by Marty himself together with his long-time collaborator, Joe Spiteri. Like Marty’s two previous albums, it was recorded and produced by Gary Carter and it features some of the best musicians Nashville has to offer. The acoustic guitar introduces the first song Maltese Falcon, the title track of the album, a reflective song told from the perspective of someone who is weary of this world of misery and woe as he longs to fly way up high across the sky. The second track Why Don’t You, is a Cajon-flavored song with a real catchy chorus. A song about a man pleading to the woman he loves to return to him and give him a second chance. The song that follows, You’re What Keeps Me Going On is a song of hope, that recognizes the fact that a person can indeed be a bright light in someone’s life. The fourth track is the honky-tonk song Mama, Didn’t Raise No Fool. The narrator in this song, even though he never been to college, he did learn all he needed to know from his mother who taught him what is valuable in life and also to stay away from certain women. The barroom shuffle song If These Walls Could Talk is next, a song reminiscent of Dwight Yoakam at his best. Then comes the soul-flavored He’s Walking By My Side, a spiritual song that deals with one’s transformation from darkness to personal redemption. The mariachi horns start off the song Magnifico Mexico, a fun song about the narrator’s love affair with the land south of the border. Track number 8, the southern-rockish Stormy Waters, recounts an episode from the Book of Acts in the Bible about the Apostle Paul’s shipwreck on the Mediterranean island of Malta. This is the first song from the album’s wreck trilogy. The next song, Tonight Mr DJ, is sung from the perspective of a man whose woman walked out on him and is not in the mood for rock n’ roll or party songs but he’s requesting the DJ to play for him just real sad songs. The fiddles take centre stage here. February of ’59 recounts the tragic death of three American musicians, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper, who all perished in a plane crash on February 3, 1959. This is the second wreck song on the album and it’s told from the perspective of a 17 year old, back in those days. The bluesy Silver Train is the last of the wreck trilogy songs. The lyrics tell the story of a man losing his beloved fiancée in a train that was derailed in a middle of a storm. Next comes Sweet Lorena, a Latin-flavored song, in which the narrator has found the senorita of his dreams on the southern side of the Rio Grande. The penultimate song, Texas Lady is a portrayal of a soldier’s life of blood, mud, sweat and tears. Life aint’ easy in hell and it’s even harder when you are seventy-five hundred miles away from your loved ones. The album closes with the ballad Love is a Wonder, a song that celebrates true love as something eternal and as the most precious gift of all.
Album Credits:
All songs written by Marty Rivers & Joe Spiteri

Produced and Mixed by Gary Carter
Recorded at GC Music Studios, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Anthony Johnson at Master Mine, Nashville, TN
Ulterior Recording at Temple Studios, Malta
Album Photography and Design by Robert de Carlo

Musicians on all tracks except track 7

Drums: Robert Blair
Bass: Jay Gorman
Electric & Acoustic Guitar: Jason Roller
Keyboards & Piano: Steve Peffer
Steel Guitar & Dobro: Gary Carter
Fiddle: Jason Roller
Accordion: Jeff Taylor
Harmonica: Mike Shrimph
Background Vocals: Mica Roberts; Mike Lusk

Musicians on track 7

Drums: Kenneth Smith
Bass: Jimmy Carter
Electric and Acoustic Guitar: Danny Parks
Piano: Dwain Rowe
Steel Guitar: Gary Carter
Trumpet: Jay Jennings
Background Vocals: Mica Roberts



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