Eugene Ruffolo | The Hardest Easy

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The Hardest Easy

by Eugene Ruffolo

A soulful and personal collection of tunes in an acoustic setting that soothes and moves.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Irreplaceable
3:49 $0.99
2. Poor Lonesome Me
3:35 $0.99
3. The Hardsest Easy
4:31 $0.99
4. Teh Right Thing
3:39 $0.99
5. Gracefully
4:47 $0.99
6. A Rose For Pierrette
5:17 $0.99
7. Run to You
2:58 $0.99
8. A Kiss For Your Travels
4:08 $0.99
9. Nobody's Baby
3:56 $0.99
10. The Hills of Sicily
3:59 $0.99
11. The Secret to Happiness
3:20 $0.99
12. Only Love
3:51 $0.99
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Album Notes
Eugene Ruffolo is a New York based singer songwriter who's music has been celebrated and enjoyed throughout the world. On his third and arguably most compelling release "The Hardest Easy", Eugene joins forces with guests such as Marc Cohn, Lucy Kaplanski, and LA vocal group Venice. This deeply personal and soulful record was a collaborative production effort by Ruffolo himself, Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, Patty Larkin, Caedmon's Call etc.), Ben Wittman (Lucy Kaplanski, The Story..), and Alan Zahn. It was recorded in NYC and features many of the city's most gifted musicians. In it's first weeks on the market, "The Hardest Easy" has already been hailed by fans and music critics alike as Ruffolo's best work.
The songs are mainly written by Ruffolo himself, with the exception of the uplifting "Only Love" ( a Nashville favorite), and the strirring "Hills of Sicily", a co-write with legendary acoustic musician Artie Traum. When Ruffolo is not touring with his original music, he stays busy offering his highly sought -after voice to the projects of others, having worked with artists as diverse as Garth Brooks, Livingston Taylor, Run DMC, David Wilcox, and Spyro-Gyra to name a few. He is the first prize winner of the prestigious Telluride Troubador and Merlefest songwriting competitions and an overall swell guy.




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Par Winberg

You look at the girl you love. The time is 8.30 in the evening. The kids are sleeping. Its autumn and its raining outside. Its dark. The candles are burning... You put on "The Hardest Easy" with Eugene Ruffolo and opens a bottle of a nice Rioja... Eugene Ruffolos new album is a lovely piece of plastic. His voice is pure magic. The songs are all through lovely. The production has nothing more to wish for. This is the CD you want Jackson Browne or Marc Jordan to do the year 2004. Lucy Kaplanskys naked voice as the companion in "Poor Lonesome Me" is wonderful. The Lennon Brothers from Venice add their unique way of being on the title track and add another dimension to the tune. The hero Marc Cohn and his piano and vocals in "The Right Thing" has nothing more to wish for. This CD is more than a must if you like me is a jerk for soft mature singer songwriter pop with a westcoast flavour. Eugene Ruffolo is number one in this genre right now. And the evening with the girl you love is the perfect night to survive another autumn in Sweden the year 2004.

Kathleen S. Linn

This is a lovely CD. Thank you, Eugene, for remembering Vanessa with this touching tribute. She would have been so pleased. The people who love her are so grateful to you.

Vedran Božičević

Fantastic voice,maybe the best male voice I ever heard,beautiful and very touching songs...can you ask for something more?Apsolutely nothing!Thank you Eugene for your wonderful music! :)

Ola Karlsson

Eugene Ruffolo has a very impressive background. He has played
with artists like Garth Brooks, Tony Bennett, Livingston Taylor, Run
DMC, David Wilcox and Spyro Gyra. His voice is heard on sound-
tracks by George Lucas, Ennio Morricone and Brian De Palma.
And he has also worked on TV-shows like "The Late Show" and
"Saturday Night Live". Yet his name is quite unknown.

He has two earlier albums under his own name, and the third one,
"The Hardest Easy" is a fine proof of folky, singer-songwriter music.
Well-written songs, great performance and a breezy, soft production
signed Ben Wisch (Marc Cohn, David Wilcox). The lyrics are about
the eternal struggle between a man and a woman, and the human
soul's fragile condition.

"Irreplaceable", the opening song on the album, sets the tone ;
Quite and warm, like a soft whisper, with a promise about a life
after a love gone wrong. Ruffolo sings just like the way he looks ;
A sensitive, rather young man, who still has experienced both the
ups and downs of love. Both the title song and "The Secret To
Happiness" are very moving.

"The Hardest Easy" could have been way too soft, but instead it
works just like a warm and cosy blanket, you can wrap yourself
in, when the cold winds of autumn hits you with full power.

Ruffolo rules!"

lia kinnet-abts

never have heard a heart singing this way ~
never have heard a heart singing … longing… yearning with more love, tenderness and affection ~ once again this new (and third) album of Mr.Ruffolo is ICING me by it's warmth … grips me by the throat … leaving me speechless …
This album is once again a Major Piece of Art … a Masterpiece ! ! ! UNE PIECE UNIQUE !!! ... Mr. Ruffolo's THIRD one !

Rare are the artists who can create a perfect song ~ Rare are the Art-ists who can create a perfect album ~ Exceptional are the ART-ISTS who can create more than one perfect album ~ UNIQUE ARE THE (HE)ART-ISTS WHO CAN CREATE TOUCHABLE MUSIC ~ The more I listen , the more his music becomes MORE THAN PERFECT ....
... thought this couldn't be possible ....

Bryan Beller

The Hardest Easy, Ruffolo’s third album, is his take on the dangers and aspirations of love. On the title track, he makes his mixed feelings clear — affairs of the heart, described in fragile detail, are not without effort, fear, pain, and wavering resolve. He’s certainly not afraid to get dark. “Irreplaceable” and “A Kiss for Your Travels” are desperate, plaintive wails in song form for a dearly departed friend, and the ironically titled “Gracefully” could be a candidate for the songs-to-stab-yourself-over hall of fame (“We walked here together/it takes two to break the vow/from glory to ashes/yeah, just take a look at us now”).
Just when you think all is hopeless and lost, Ruffolo smiles and winks with “Run to You”, a spry, clever, “I’m in love with you” ditty with a bouncy groove, major tonality, and a quirky string arrangement, all of which could fit perfectly on side two of the Beatles’ “White Album”. And the uplifting album closer, “Only Love”, speaks for itself in its yearning for The One True Thing, no matter what the cost.

Ruffolo’s songs are so holistically complete that it’s easy to gloss-over the rewarding instrumentation. Backing vocals, percussion, strings, and even lap steel guitar weave in and out, seamlessly, almost unnoticeably. You can be lulled into forgetting that acoustic guitar anchors nearly every track. In particular, “The Hills of Sicily” (co-written with Taylor clinician Artie Traum) features a beautiful-sounding, room-miked guitar and rich, complex harmonic textures that make you wonder how he keeps it so simple with so much songwriting and instrumental talent at his disposal.
But that’s how Ruffolo’s craft works, and its simplicity in execution only serves to illuminate how far a heart can rise, fall, and rise again. Utterly conventional, yet somehow effortlessly unique in its beauty and emotional expression, this album landed square in my chest and is stuck there still.

— Bryan Beller


Bought the CD after LIVE performance
What a joy! After being totally sold on this man\'s songwriting and vocal talents at an intimate concert at Sue\'s RealMusik in New York (thanks Sue!) ... I CONTINUE to be knocked out by yet another layer to Eugene\'s music, the production and arrangement on \"the hardest easy\" CD.....what a lush album! Many careful and beautiful arrangements of the songs I found stellar LIVE, with just guitar, and the sensual and perfectly timed backing vocals of Margaret, are now presented on this CD with a bit more layer and instrumentation. (Even a touch more whimsy, as found in the bonus song track.) I\'d be remiss if I did not include as testament to Eugene Ruffolo\'s special songwriting the following story: my beautiful friend \"K\" seated next to me, had tears streaming down her face so fast our little cocktail napkins would not suffice to hold the tears! It was so touching and simply stated. That very song \"a rose for pierrette\"is done beautifully on this album. Eugene, with his hauntingly beautiful vibrato and gentle guitar style, is more than the perfect vehicle for his own sensitve, lovely songs. I think this CD is a must have. I cannot wait to cook dinner for my family tonight with grandma\'s italian recipe and Eugene\'s track \" the hills of sicily\" filling the air with notes, sentiments and aromas! This is ambient storytelling at it\'s best. Thank you Eugene for your lovely gift of music. Some authors write books. This one, writes songs. Bravo.