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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,160 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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It's mostly acoustic featuring some fantastic guitar riffs and piano tunes.
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"B Sides..." contains some haunting stories of the road, home, loners, losers and dreamers.
The album's finally getting national distribution, and it's well worth the dough.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on April 6, 2004
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 By Katryna Wright on October 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 By Craig Clarke VINE VOICE on September 4, 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 By Lee Armstrong HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 11, 2003
Format: Audio CD
"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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