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Trad Arr Jones
John Wesley Harding
Trad Arr Jones
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
 
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Often compared to Elvis Costello, with whom he shares certain smoky vocal intonations, John Wesley Harding is working along the lines of another of his heroes, Bruce Springsteen. This collection, which puts one in mind of ...  more »

      
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All Artists: John Wesley Harding
Title: Trad Arr Jones
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Appleseed Records
Release Date: 2/27/2001
Album Type: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, Pop, Rock
Styles: Singer-Songwriters, New Wave & Post-Punk, Contemporary Folk, Singer-Songwriters
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 611587104120

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Often compared to Elvis Costello, with whom he shares certain smoky vocal intonations, John Wesley Harding is working along the lines of another of his heroes, Bruce Springsteen. This collection, which puts one in mind of Springsteen's forays into acoustic music, features traditional folk songs recorded by the obscure but respected folksinger Nic Jones. (Jones withdrew from public performing following a 1982 car accident.) With little more than acoustic guitars and occasional accordion, Harding lights into ageless tales of unrequited love in which women are maidens and men are sailors forever lost at sea. Recorded over three days in a Seattle studio, Trad Arr Jones is a deceptively simple, powerfully immediate collection that casts its creator firmly in the troubadour tradition. --Rob O'Connor

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Mesmerizing
Wes fan | New Johnsonville, TN | 03/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have been a fan of Wes for years, but this album exceeded my expectations. These songs are incredible, giving credit to Nic Jones, and the interpretations are wonderful as well. Now I want to go get more of the original work of Nic Jones, if it weren't out of print. Buy this album - you won't regret it."
A real gem
01/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first heard Litle Musgrave on KPFT, Houston Community Radio, on the way to work. So different, a wonderful story line, perfectly executed. I immediately ordered two copies of the CD, one for myself, one for my son-in-law as a Christmas present. The entire repertoire on this album is to the same high standard as Little Musgrave. This has been a wonderful introduction to the Nic Jones style and I shall be delving further into this type of music. Highly recommended!"
Punk sings Childe ballads, seaman songs, and other folk
Frank Camm | Northern Virginia | 03/22/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Instant goose bumps. Think Elvis Costello or a young Graham Parker singing Childe ballads, seaman songs, English plainsong, and folk rounds with spare accompaniment (variously guitar, mandolin, accordion). Think punks singing their tattoos away at the end of a night of beery-good fellowship. Think Manchester street toughs finding grace and a way home to a world before machines, struggling wity heightened human feelings of yearning, frailty, heartbreak, and about death. Think a regular guy finding English folk in his blood, but no standard folk way to let it out.

Tracks 12-15 use a full electric band and are characteristic of his other work. But they work well here too. [73:18]"