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Title: Halcyon Times
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Original Release Date: 1/1/2010
Album Type: CD
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
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"...Halcyon Times features a new rhythm section of bassist Al Collins and drummer Pontus Snibb, stoking it up alongside the twin dynamos of guitarist Warner E. Hodges and singer Jason Ringenberg. The latter are as essentia... more »
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"...Halcyon Times features a new rhythm section of bassist Al Collins and drummer Pontus Snibb, stoking it up alongside the twin dynamos of guitarist Warner E. Hodges and singer Jason Ringenberg. The latter are as essential a rock combination as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, or David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain. The writing credits are shared between Ringenberg, Hodges and a gaggle of friends, including Tommy Womack, Dan Baird and Ginger from the Wildhearts, and the songs range from stories of people on the fringes, like the miners in Beat On The Mountain (the kind of historically based song that Ringenberg has always excelled at), to tales of strong women like Mona Lee. Apart from the occasional slower track like Twang Town Blues or the riff-based Days Of Wine And Roses, this record moves like an 18-wheeler tearing up the highway, with Hodges showing why hes one of the most underrated lead players around today. Produced by Warner E. Hodges and Brad Jones, this is perhaps the most consistently powerful album that Jason And The Scorchers have
produced since their heyday." Hot Press (Ireland)
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Delta King Cody | Champaign, Illinois, USA | 04/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best Jason & The Scorchers in a mighty long time and that's saying a lot. This record just kills. It hits hard and it hits with purpose. I have opened for JATS (nicest bunch of guys you could ever been on the road with), been a fan since the first ep, and followed them ever since with affection. They have always been good. However, this is not a holding action of a season rock band. This is a band who found their original spirit. This is truly just an amazing collection of songs. Every song is a keeper. They rock with a wild & crazy abandon & vengeance. The lyrics are real and full of meaning and truth. This is not polite music.
And the liner notes are wonderful to read. And Jason is right in everything that he say in his liner notes; the band kicks and Warner is reclaiming his rightful position in the world of guitar players. Jason sings with all the fire of a 23 year old and the new rhythm section of Al & Pontus drive it like a train going full bore. JATS have returned!!!!!!!!
Hats off to ya! Be proud guys, very proud. this is a major great piece of work.
Tracy Ashlock Barton | Portland, OR USA | 03/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After too many years, the Scorchers finally back is too much to be true. A band that led the pack in the early to mid-80's with their rock/country/punk mix that inspired so many others. This release is a culmination of all that was and is the Scorchers. Great songs, unbelievable creativity and masterful musicians wrapped together for a 'rock' solid comeback!"
Yukon Dan | Michigan | 03/20/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was so excited when I first learned that this album was going to be released. It is not a disappointment. The first track, "Moonshine Guy" hits you like a tornado. The beautiful words and music on the next track, "Beat on the Mountain", makes you stop, pause, and think. The whole record continues along those lines. "Golden Days" will just put a smile on your face. I could go on about each song on the record, but you can get the picture. The songwriting is honest, poetic, and intelligent. The combination of Warner Hodges guitar and Jason Ringenberg's voice produces the same energy that it did twenty-five years ago. If you like country, rock, or any combination of the two, this will certainly make your day. I figured, given these guys track record, this would be a good listen, but it is better than I ever expected."