11 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Had honey-voiced Jesse Winchester been able to tour the States to promote this incredible folk-rock set, he might’ve become a household name. (He avoided the Vietnam War by trading Louisiana for Canada.) The songs brim with nuanced themes, from anti-war sentiments to tender heart plays. There are shambolic shuffles (“Payday”), Southern yearns (“Biloxi,” “Yankee Lady,” “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz”), and strangely uplifting Northern downers (“Snow,” “Quiet About It”). Essential album fact: members of The Band add significant color and swing here. And Bob Dylan said of Winchester: “You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include this guy.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

Had honey-voiced Jesse Winchester been able to tour the States to promote this incredible folk-rock set, he might’ve become a household name. (He avoided the Vietnam War by trading Louisiana for Canada.) The songs brim with nuanced themes, from anti-war sentiments to tender heart plays. There are shambolic shuffles (“Payday”), Southern yearns (“Biloxi,” “Yankee Lady,” “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz”), and strangely uplifting Northern downers (“Snow,” “Quiet About It”). Essential album fact: members of The Band add significant color and swing here. And Bob Dylan said of Winchester: “You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include this guy.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Grimmbo ,

"Quiet About It!"

Jesse Winchester's first LP was eagerly awaited and did not disappoint upon arrival! Yes; it did help a lot that various members of "The Band" backed him up on his first outing; but it was the songs and the singing that really stood out from the crowd! { We hear that Jesse shows up in Toronto and Montreal, Canada; sometimes sitting in with other musicians!} It must have been hard to leave Biloxi, Mississippi for the "Snow" of Ontario; much courage to follow your conscience! Chestnuts: Yankee Lady, Biloxi + The Brand New Tennessee Waltz. Let Jesse Winchester's mellow music "Nudge" itself into your collection!...by Grimmbo.

Billy I ,

Timeless

I bought this album in 1970 which was the best purchase I made that year and today it is just as relevant and timeless. Jesse is a powerful songwriter whose lyrics and music convey the human spirit and transcends the listener into a spiritual connection with oneness (Listen to "Black Dog"). His voice is easy on the ears and rich in substance. He sings about every day people, places, and things and gives them life beyond uniformity. Jesse Winchester knows how to be a fellow man. See him live!!

geoedhaste ,

Amen

Thanks Hawk for introducing me to Jesse. His songs will play forever in my home.

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