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B. Sides & Confessions, Vol. I

Jeff BlackAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Label: Lotos Nile Music

“His words and voice hold down center stage with a craft so deeply in the artistic pocket that it obscures anything outside.”
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 18, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone / LNM Lotos Nile Music
  • ASIN: B00008J2T2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,120 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Jeff Black has the poetic dignity of Bruce Springsteen and the bittersweet, outer-fringe edge of Townes Van Zandt. We are not kidding - Boston GlobeMedium 1
  1. Slip
  2. Same Old River
  3. Holy Roller
  4. Sunday Best
  5. To Be With You
  6. Gold Heart Locket
  7. Cakewalk
  8. Bless My Soul
  9. Bastard
  10. Higher Ground

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Jeff Black is yet another songwriter whose career was sidetracked by record-company foolishness. After Arista released his superb debut, "Birmingham Road," in 1998 (with help from some of the guys in Wilco), the label dropped him, leaving his followup disc orphaned (it's due for release later this year, finally).
In the meantime, he's released "B-Sides and Confessions Volume One," an intimate, soulful and thoughtful collection of stripped-down music.
As noted, the title is only half right. These are confessions, but they are not B sides. Black is a rarity, a poet who produces quietly compelling sing-alongs that, upon closer reflection, challenge you to think. No wonder artists as diverse as Ellis Paul and Vance Gilbert, who recorded his "What Do I Want" for their latest disc, and country stars Blackhawk, who made his "That's Just About Right"a number one hit, have covered his songs.
But none of them have Black's most appealing asset: his soulful, experienced voice with enough of Tom Waits' grit to establish credibility. That voice and his songs combine to make this a disc that demands you hit "repeat all" on the player when loading.
Black has a knack for choosing just the right instrument to frame his words. His breathy count off and acoustic strumming open "Same Old River," a song that finds Black imagining himself as, variously, an indian, a pirate, slave and an outlaw. "I'd rob a trian bound for glory, baby, if I thought I needed a ride." he sings in outlaw mode.
"Sunday Best," a heartbreakingly beautiful song about loss, opens with Black at the piano. "To Be with You," a mature, honest love song, marries Jody Nardone's piano and Craig Wright's shuffle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I CONFESS! I LOVE THIS ALBUM!!! October 2, 2003
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This album is simply awesome and is definitely one of my ten 'desert island' records. Jeff's voice is so soulful and naturally amazing and his songwriting is some of the best I've ever heard! 'Sunday Best' still makes me weepy, 'Holy Roller' is so groovy and moody, 'Gold Heart Locket' is such a touching story with a cool quirky sound (love the banjo!), 'To Be With You' is a gorgeous love song so tenderly sung, I could go on and on; there isn't a bad song on this whole album! It flows so well and seamlessly that when it's done I wish there were ten more of Jeff's songs right behind it. Luckily I ordered 'Honey & Salt' from Blue Rose Records in Germany, so there are more superbly executed and well-crafted tunes to put in the player right after B-Sides.
The talent in this town is astounding and Jeff is at the top of the list. If you have the opportunity to see him live, DO IT without hesitation!! The inevitable Tom Waits comparison comes to mind as you see him over the piano with a cocktail and a smoke, telling tales in his deep, soothing voice. Purchase this album with confidence, your money is well invested here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Look forward to the A-sides September 4, 2003
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Though this is certainly taking the easy road via cliche, I have to say that if Jeff Black's new album is truly comprised of B-sides and Confessions, then I am going to love an album of "A-sides" because this is some of the best songwriting I have heard in years.
"Slip" begins by inadvertently reminding the listener of "All My Loving," not, in any other case, an auspicious beginning. But the triumph of the song is that the listener immediately forgets about the Beatles and instead pays attention to Jeff Black and his Joe Cocker voice. The Cocker comparison lessens on the next song, "Same Old River," while the singing mixes with the guitar to bring out the yearning.
Michael Webb's heavy bass punctuates "Holy Roller" and makes it groove. If your head hasn't been bobbing before now, it will start now. Add that to the visual of "Farrakhan and Jerry Falwell were playing tic tac toe" and you come out with a classic song. Black's voice is similar to Randy Newman here, which fits the irreverent mood. It seems incomplete, as it ends abruptly, but it's still the best song on the album.
"Sunday Best" doesn't really do it for me, but "To Be with You" more than makes up for it, evoking Glen Campbell at his best. Joey Nardone's piano, Craig Wright's brushing drum, and Black's understated guitar all blend into a "traveling" sound that adds another layer, as if he is already on his way.
Banjo surprises pleasantly on "Gold Heart Locket." Black knows how to pick the right instrument for his songs. It makes a sad song more tolerable; it's hard to be down when you're hearing that happy plunking sound.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Singer-Songwriter Era Alive Again April 11, 2003
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"B-Sides & Confessions" is a gorgeous CD. It harkens back to the 70s when Jackson Browne & Carole King were the hottest acts around. Black's earlier "Birmingham Road" was a gorgeous outing. This one slows the pace a bit, but with the songs maintaining an individuality. The craft in the writing is exceptional. "Slip" starts out like you're going to hear the Beatles' "All My Loving" and quickly moves into other territory with Jeff's pounding piano like emotional bullets, "I've seen spirits in the wild wood; I've seen cause go spilling out; I've drank more than I've needed to just to find my heart." "Same Old River" is a pretty tune that communicates strength through adversity. "Holy Roller" has a blues tinge while "Sunday Best" is utterly beautiful with its wistful reflectiveness. "To Be With You" has me reaching for the repeat button with its soft melody like a Jimmy Buffett samba. "Gold Heart Locket" with its plunky banjo backing is a sweet melody. "Bless My Soul" is my instant favorite with its haunting guitar, "I'm on a roll & I begin to see the light." The CD concludes with two more strong tunes, "Bastard" & "Higher Ground." On this CD Jeff creates an exquisite set that traverses a deep emotional landscape. While I might enjoy couple more belting toe tappers, Black moves from strength to strength on this best of the year quality gem! Enjoy!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best alternative albums I own
I bought this after buying Black's "Birmingham Road" LP. Though this isn't as good as "Birmingham," it's a fantastic album with GREAT music! Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rob S
5.0 out of 5 stars Intimate and Hauntingly Beautiful
We bought this CD directly from Jeff at a house concert. Intimate venue and we got a chance to chat with Jeff, who seems very sweet. We love this CD. Read more
Published on November 18, 2011 by Victoria L. Mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best records you've never heard
I stumbled upon Jeff Black one day at Borders(sorry, Amazon) and was immediately drawn to a description of Black as a cross between Springsteen and Townes Van Zandt. Read more
Published on August 31, 2004 by Steven Lyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Stripped Down Sound
"B Sides and Confessions" is a very appropriate title for Jeff Black's latest album, for depite being a collection of new material, it has the bare, stripped down feel more often... Read more
Published on May 12, 2003 by Brian D. Rubendall
5.0 out of 5 stars b-sides and confessions: volume 1
Published on April 6, 2003 by carl james wright
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Treasure
Jeff Black has created a timeless, beautiful collection of American folk tales. "B Sides..." contains some haunting stories of the road, home, loners, losers and dreamers. Read more
Published on March 31, 2003 by Vinzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Damn, man.
I love this album.
I saw Jeff at Eddie's Attic in Atlanta (plug) opening for Beth Wood. He had my fifteen bucks before the set was over. Read more
Published on March 18, 2003 by Amazon Customer
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