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Sports Songs and Beyond

by Phil Coley

Sports Songs and Beyond is a magical, merry, momentous, happy sometimes heartbreaking tour of life.
Genre: Pop: Folky Pop
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1. Hell Freezes Over!
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2. Wait 'Till Next Year!
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3. Say it ain't so Baseball!
Phil Coley
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4. Who's the best Female Pitcher?
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5. This is your Season to Remember
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6. Let Buck Back in!
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7. The Curse of the Bambino is back!
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8. They called him Charlie Hustle
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9. The Curse of Billy Penn
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10. Baseball's back in D.C.
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11. Our dynasty of Heart
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12. The Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders
Phil Coley
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13. Tornado Tex
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14. Rodeo of Love
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15. Rodeo Clown
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16. Ben the Bull
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17. The Cowboy in a hundred gallon hat
Phil Coley
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18. A Home full of Memories
Phil Coley
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19. Every woman needs a wife!
Sherri Henley
3:25 $0.99
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20. Heartache, I'm breaking up with you!
Phil Coley
2:42 $0.99
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21. Johnny Silver
Phil Coley
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22. Put Jesus back in Christmas
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23. Sam the Sleigh
Phil Coley
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24. Santa you're just an old Texas Cowboy
Phil Coley
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Baseball Songs Sports Heroes was the single best collection of original baseball songs in our library. Great lyrics, great music, and a great collection. Joe & Phil might have hit the ball even further with this set of songs." - Baseball Almanac

The National Baseball Hall of Fame has just added the CD Sports Songs and Beyond to its sound collection!! It is the second CD album of the team of Joe Pickering Jr. Songwriter and Phil Coley music arranger, producer, musician and singer. The first was the CD Baseball Songs Sports Heroes. Songs from this album played in an HBO Movie, the Fox Network and many other TV and radio shows. This CD was also included in the National Baseball Hall of Fame Sound Library. It has found a special place in Americana.

Sport Songs and Beyond promises to be no less successful. Phil Coley ranges far and wide with his magical music and velvet voice. The lyric writing of Joe Pickering Jr. touches the heart with every one of the songs. Joe writes or co-writes all of the songs. With their wonderful songwriting talents,George La Flame, Joe Terry, and Eugene Wellman join Joe in co-writing a total of four of these songs which are listed in the song lyrics below. There is a wide variety of songs on this CD. It is astonishing. Of the twenty-four songs, ten songs areabout baseball teams such as the Chicago White Sox, New York Yankees, and Champion Boston Red Sox (you all remember last year's Pennant and World Series don't you?) as well as baseball figures, heroes and historical events, such as Pete Rose, Shoeless Joe Jackson, George Buck Weaver and one of the greatest female pitchers of all time Jackie Mitchell. The CD includes two football songs one about the World Champion New England Patriots, one song about all the professional sports teams in Philadelphia and even a baseball song about baseball returning to Washington DC. There are also five great rodeo or rodeo related songs. Plus, there are the Bonus songs: three love songs, one song to which every woman in the world can relate, called Every Woman needs a Wife! It is wonderfully sung by Sherri Henley who sings it with an attitude! Plus, three more gifts! There are three great Christmas songs. If Christmas is too early then wait till Christmas before you listen! You won't be disappointed. You might even learn some secret fascinating facts!

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Juliana L'Heureux

Baseball History in a Songbook CD and Beyond
Professional baseball needs more songs. Even if you adore baseball, aren’t you just a little tired of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame”?

Professional baseball in North America is about 100 years old and the game’s origins are much older. Lots of legends and colorful folklore evolved to celebrate baseball’s heroes, but the one song closely associated with the game is the tired old “peanuts and cracker jacks”. It’s a fine tune for taking the seventh inning stretch, but it’s time for baseball history to get some original music into the legendary history books. Indeed, King of the Road Music, with folk singer Phil Coley and songwriter Joe Pickering, came up with a series of musical baseball themes to choose from, complete with clever lyrics, in an entertaining “Sports Songs and Beyond”, tuneful CD.

Pickering and Coley produced a fine bunch of baseball songs a few years ago on a CD titled, “Baseball Songs Sports Heroes”. This CD included a litany of witty folk songs lamenting the Boston Red Sox nearly 100 years without a World Series pennant – until the 2004 championship season. Now, Coley and Pickering are hailing the triumph with the tune “Hell Freezes Over”, a perky recognition of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox – getting the coveted trophy in eight straight wins.

“Sports Songs and Beyond” includes 24 total tracks, 10 are baseball songs, with terrific lyrics, many with a baseball theme. Some relating to other sports and beyond.

Coley’s clearly poetic voice articulates each musical tale.

“Let Buck Back In” is a well told musical story of 1919, when Buck Weaver was accused of blowing the White Sox World Series. Coley sings the pleading lyrics: “Will the White Sox Ever Win? Not ‘till baseball let’s Buck back in”.

Pickering even writes a cheer for Pete Rose, accused of betting on his own Cincinnati Reds baseball team. In the song “They Called Him Charlie Hustle”, the cause for Rose’s entry to Baseball’s Hall of Fame is given musical support.

A particularly beautiful song, “This Is Your Season to Remember”, is a heavenly tribute to honor Dorothy Pearl Pickering, the songwriter’s late mother who enjoyed a lifelong passion for the Boston Red Sox. There are probably millions of baseball addicts who can relate to this tribute song by remembering their own family members who were dyed in the wool fans.

Perhaps some Baltimore Oriole’s fans like me will take issue to the tune “Baseball’s Back in D.C.”. Supporting a rival team to the beloved “O’s” might put Baltimore fans at risk in a city where devotion for baseball is deep rooted.

Baseball isn’t the only theme in the 24 folk-country tracks. In fact, there’s something musical for every red while and blue blooded sports patriot to celebrate in “Sports Songs and Beyond”. “Our Dynasty of Heart”, celebrates the New England Patriots football champions, lyrically called, “a team of esteem”.

Some songs are beyond sports altogether, but all the lyrics are loaded with charm.

“Sports Songs and Beyond” is a handsome duo when paired with “Baseball Songs Sports Heroes”. Sports history fans will find “Sports Songs and Beyond” especially entertaining.

Picking a song from the CD to replace the popular, “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” is tough, but I’d choose Pickering’s lyrics to “Wait ‘till Next Year”. Nevertheless, the lyrics would likely only resonate in Boston’s Fenway Park.

“Sports Songs and Beyond” and “Baseball Songs Sports Heroes” were both accepted by the National Baseball Hall of Fame into their Library Collection.

Count on “Sports Songs and Beyond” to bring a smile to every sports enthusiast and to touch each fan’s musical heart.
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Joe Connor

Another Awesome Album
Once again, my dear friend Joe Pickering and his dynamic partner Phil Coley have songs from the heart about their love of baseball, my beloved Red Sox, Shoeless Joe and a whole lot more. I didn’t think they’d be able to come up with an encore to top Baseball Songs, Sports Heroes, but Sports Songs and Beyond is even better. – Joe Connor, Major League Baseball Contributing Reporter, MLB.com and FOX Sports Radio Network
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Phil Speranza

It is so good a Yankee fan will enjoy it, and I did.
The team of Joe Pickering Jr. and Phil Coley that brought us Baseball Songs Sports Heroes is back, this time with a new compilation entitled Sports Songs and Beyond. Mr. Pickering's song writing talents and the musical talent of Phil Coley may just have another hit on their hands.

While their first album dealt mainly with baseball this CD goes beyond baseball and sports for that matter. The CD consists of 24 tracks and only ten deal with the national pastime. Joe Pickering Jr. is as big a Red Sox fan as I am a Yankee fan so naturally he uses the album to celebrate the Red Sox 2004 triumph. He does so in fine fashion with the two opening tracks. Joe uses his wit, knowledge and love for the Sawks in the first two tracks, Hell Freezes Over! And Wait ‘Till Next Year (a slogan once copyrighted by the Brooklyn Dodgers, another Yankees foe). Hell Freezes Over! The author celebrates the end of the 86-year skid and the end the end of the Curse of the Bambino and the start of a new life for the Red Sox fan.

Wait Till Next Year on the other hand ponders how the Red Sox Nation will cope now that the Red Sox are a winning team. Lyrically clever I really love the sound of the guitar on this song as it has a slight jazz, hollow body flair to it. Of course he takes a shot at the Yankees (doesn't everyone). To some it up the song brings out “there is nothing worse that winning in the fall”, and that the RSN will have a hard time living with success.

Say It Ain’t So Baseball pays homage to White Sox alleged bad boy legend Joe Jackson ala Jimmy Buffet. The calypso(ish) number pleads with baseball to put Joe in the Hall of Fame.

Jackie Mitchell was a 17-year-old female pitcher on a Tennessee Baseball team that who struck out some very famous baseball legends. Like any good country tune Who's The Best Female Pitcher? tells the story perfectly while entertaining the listener. It made me want to go out and find out more about this female phenom.

If you ever lost a loved one this next song will be very emotional for you. The ballad “This Is Your Season To Remember” is simply a tribute to Joe’s late mom, also a big Red Sox fan. A noble tribute it is.

I could go and on and on and praise his baseball and sports music and deservingly so as Pickering puts on the shoes of fans from every and all sports. I just love the way he can put himself of the heads of any teams fan. When you listen to his witty lyrics you can’t help to see (or hear) a bit of yourself in them. Besides telling you about all the “curses” in the sports world. He made laugh out loud by attacking a curse of the entire state of Pennsylvania in The Curse of Billy Penn.

The author does pay tribute to baseballs ultimate bad boy in They Called Him Charlie Hustle as he runs the gambit in The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. And don’t forget my favorite track The Curse of The Bambino is Back. I am just wondering if the Babe has cursed the Yankees as well now.

As far as the Beyond part goes there are some good old fashion middle of the road country tunes, what I mean by middle of the road is that they can be cross played in other formats, about anything from rodeo to Christmas. As a big collector of Christmas music they finale of tunes are worth the price of admission on their own.

What is next from the magic of Joe Pickering Jr. and Phil Coley? I don’t know, but if it's like the first two albums it has to be fun and entertaining. This CD is a must for all fans of baseball, sports and music and would deserving earn a spot in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
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Siu Wai Stroshane

A true piece of Americana to treasure!
These are lively songs about athletes past and present, from a wide range of sports and disciplines--baseball, hockey, football, cheerleading, and even the rodeo! They are funny, moving, and they all tell important stories. Phil Coley sings each song in his inimitable country style and snappy beat. Some stand-outs are:

-"Hell Freezes Over" celebrating the miracle 2004 Red Sox World Series Championship

-"Who's the best Female Pitcher," telling the story of 17-year-old sinkerball pitcher Jackie Mitchell who once struck out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig,

-This is Your Season to Remember" for all the Red Sox fans in heaven who must have watched our team win from on high

-"Ben the Bull", a whimsical piece about rodeo bulls standing up (or rather, sitting down) for their rights

-A Home Full of Memories," about the memories we carry in our heart even as we leave a home behind

-Every Woman Needs a Wife!" no explanation necessary

-and much, much more!
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