S.W. Campbell | Full Assembly Required

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Full Assembly Required

by S.W. Campbell

Americana songs about the humor, hubris, heartbreak and heroism of getting it all together
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amen
3:13 $0.99
2. Some Assembly Required
3:17 $0.99
3. Broke Down in a Carny Town
3:10 $0.99
4. The Whole House Down
3:28 $0.99
5. Over the Moon for You/Everything's Coming Out Blue
4:26 $0.99
6. Beans and Dirty Rice
3:04 $0.99
7. Steelworking Sons of a Gun
3:53 $0.99
8. Here Comes Trouble
3:01 $0.99
9. Thanks Be To You
3:37 $0.99
10. No Easy Thing
2:50 $0.99
11. Your Voice Singing
2:25 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
In 2010, the net label Prosity Records released Some Assembly Required - an EP of five songs written and performed by S. W. Campbell. Here is what Prosity Records had to say about the EP:

"Scott Campbell is a true American voice - lyrical, honest, poetic, and with a sense of humour about life that transforms his songs into short stories of the American spirit. Ghosts of days past float through visions of modern life in a skilfully seamless folk landscape - think Keith Richards jamming with Mark Twain and Woody Guthrie, and you're half way there!"

Now, with Full Assembly Required, Scott is releasing an LP of eleven songs that follow the same themes - four from the EP plus seven new songs. The songs are broadly classified as Americana, but fall into the genres of folk, folk-rock, blues and old-time popular. He hopes you enjoy them!

All proceeds from CD Baby sales are donated to the musical organization, Just Plain Folks. If you are a musician or songwriter, check them out!

From the album liner notes:

All songs by Scott W. Campbell

Geoff Wood plays saxophone on Over the Moon for You. Thanks Mate!

Linda Adams, Ricki Bellos, Tammy Carlson, Gwendolyn Campbell, Wendy DuMond, and Joice Terceira sing backing vocals on Thanks Be to You. Thanks, Ladies!

All songs mastered by Mike Caro at Sub Studio in Staten Island, N.Y. Thanks, as always, Buddy!

And thanks to all my friends at Just Plain Folks for their suggestions, criticisms and support.

No Easy Thing is released into the Public Domain

All other songs © 2009-2011 by S.W. Campbell



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Greg C. Brown

A must have for any CD collection
One of the finest singer-songwriters to come out of Florida, S. W. Campbell (Scott to those who know him) delivers the goods in a big way on his latest project, FULL ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. From the opening chords of "Amen" to the final tasty bite of "Your Voice Singing," the listener is treated to a smorgasboard of this Everyman's musings on life, love and world weariness. Standout tracks include: "The Whole House Down," "Steelworking Sons of a Gun," and "No Easy Thing." FULL ASSEMBLY REQUIRED. Get it. Enjoy it.

Dak Lander

No Assembly Required On This One
Let's disregard the excellent production work and supporting cast involved in the making of this album. Eh, excuse me, I'm showing my age. I should have said CD.
This bit of music is Americana epitomized and will end up in heavy rotation on your play list.
Job well done S.W. Campbell!

Glynda Duncan (glyn)

Scotts Full Assembly Required
Scott is one of the best songwriters/singers I've had the honor of knowing, love all is songs, and this album is, in my opinion the Best of Scott Campbell. There is one more of Scott's songs that I love more than any other and that's his song "Arizona" I can never get enough of listening to that one. I listen to this album at home and in my car on my hour way to work and back and , (ok don't let Scott know this) I sing alone with him...Everyone needs to hear this album. It is for sure a 5 rated album

Wendy DuMond

Americana with a tin pan alley flavor..
If John Steinbeck had been a songwriter (and he had grown-up listening to the Beatles), I think he would have written songs like Scott Campbell. Scott is a story teller at heart and this collection of songs give the listener a window into the lives and times of people in America, past and present. You could call them “everyman” types but Scott manages to capture the contradictions and complexities of his characters with a careful phrase or two. There’s the restless couple in the standout track “Some Assembly Required”, the steelworkers drinking away heartaches and swapping tales at a bar in “Steelworking Sons of a Gun, the femme fatale in “Here Comes Trouble,” and the blues musician grieving his lost mother in “The Whole House Down.”

The stories, coupled with Scott’s organic sound (harmonica, guitar, banjo, and a dash of percussion) give this collection a familiar, down-home sensibility. You could call his work Americana, but one can also hear the Great American Song Book in Scott’s work. Sure, there’s some Woody, and a little Bruce Springsteen perhaps, but there’s also more than a dash of Stephen Foster and a pinch of Stephen Sondheim in the mix as well. There's also a distinct Beatles influence as well.

I was surprised to learn that one of my favorite songs in this collection, “No Easy Thing” is a public domain track. Scott’s cover is so seamless, you would never guess that he did not write it.

Don’t miss this collection of well-crafted, heartfelt songs.

Dan Sullivan

Ranks with the best of Americana music today
Full Assembly Required
By Scott W. Campbell

I've been listening to Scott Campbell's new CD for the last two days and my appreciation of it grows each time I play it. It's that good.

Full Assembly Required is a tour de force by a mature, insightful singer-songwriter who doesn't bend his artistic vision to convention or pander to commercial taste or trends. These are songs written and performed with integrity and without any bowing or scraping to the mass merchandisers of popular music.

In a voice that falls somewhere between Tom Waits and the sound of sandpaper polishing gravel, Scott Campbell delivers wonderfully authentic and timeless songs about America and the resilient souls who wander across its landscape, trying to make the best of what life throws their way. There's David, Don and Ruby, Jo-Jo and Rosie and Willie Brown "the saddest fellow with the happiest face." There's the guy in the restaurant who orders soup and crackers and gets beans and dirty rice. There's Petey, who serves drinks at the bar where steelworkers with names like Pappy, Billy and Jimmy quench their thirst at the end of their shift. And then there's the hapless fellow sipping a martini who happens to be on the wrong barstool when trouble walks through the door.

But a well-told tale without a good tune doesn't make for a very good song. You don't have to worry about that here. Campbell finishes the job by setting his stories to folk, blues and country melodies that fit his lyrics like a glove, please the ear and set feet to tapping. There's a solid, mid-tempo rhythmic track propelling most of the songs on Full Assembly Required and Campbell spices it up with well placed harmonica, guitar, banjo and piano licks that plow and harvest from 20th Century American musical ground, culling from it a sound that perfectly fits his songs.

Full Assembly Required sounds better each time I listen to it. This is music that ranks with the best of Americana music being made by more familiar names. It can stand alongside the work of anyone playing roots music today without having to make any apologies. It surely deserves a wider audience than it will probably find.

Night after night, alone in the light
Willie sang the blues
He didn't even notice people were booing

Then one day his Auntie May
Came to Willie in a dream
Said,"Willie my boy, what are you doing?"

"You have the gift to give 'em a lift
To lighten their load
When there's little enough joy to be found"

Willie said "Auntie May you're right -
I'm goin' out tonight
I'm gonna bring the whole house down"

-The Whole House Down
Copyright S.W. Campbell

If you love the music of Guy Clark, Billy Joe Shaver, John Prine, Tom Waits, Randy Newman and other story-tellers of that stature and wonder why nobody's writing stuff like that anymore, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Full Assembly Required by SW Campbell. You won't be disappointed.