ARTIST: The Mavericks
TITLE: From Hell to Paradise
YEAR RELEASED: 1992
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Hey Good Lookin’ (#74 Country), I got You
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Fans probably do.
LINEUP: Paul Deakin, David Lee Holt, Raul Malo, Robert Reynolds with help from Richard Bennett, Steve Fishell, Marty Stuart and others.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: First major label record by the neo-traditional country band is a good introduction to a 90’s spin on ‘real’ country music, with good songwriting and a nice taste in covers.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Raul Malo’s acoustic guitar and voice greets you on the opening cut, and already country music fans feel very comfortable. As the song and album moves on, you realize the Mavericks have a reverence for the past, and the chops to gain other fans outside of the traditional country demographic.
Malo’s songwriting is key. He can rouse you with a song like “The End of the Line (Jim Baker)” but also touch you with a song like “Children”. I question why the record company released a pretty standard cover when you had a couple of other cuts that maybe would have made a better dent in country radio.
It’s a good to great country album without a lot of filler and is pretty consistent track-for-track. It paved the way for the Mavericks to become a force in the 90’s.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: They released an independent album in 1991 (with a different guitarist than Holt) but four tracks from that repeat on this album and I think this is more representative of what they wanted to be.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+: It’s good, REAL, country music.