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Ghost Repeater [Import]

Jeffrey FoucaultAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Since the 2001 release of his critically acclaimed debut, Miles from the Lightning, Wisconsin native Jeffrey Foucault has built an independent career touring extensively in the United States, Canada, and the UK. His 2006 release, Ghost Repeater garnered praise from publications such as The New Yorker, No Depression, MOJO, The Chicago-Sun Times, and The Irish Times. Jeffrey's repertoire is ... Read more in Amazon's Jeffrey Foucault Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 23, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: True North Records
  • ASIN: B000GBEX1K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #852,448 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ghost Repeater
2. Americans in Corduroys
3. I Dream an Old Lover
4. One for Sorrow
5. Train to Jackson
6. One Part Love
7. Wild Waste and Welter
8. City Flower
9. Tall Grass in Old Virginny
10. Mesa, Arizona
11. Appeline

Editorial Reviews

Across the American heartland, empty radio studios known as "ghost repeaters" beam nonstop inoffensive, middle-of-the-road pop ditties to semiconscious listeners. Thankfully, Wisconsin singersongwriter Jeffrey Foucault does not pander to this distressingly wide audience, but rather imcorporates the best of the Americana, alt-country and roots-rock genres into his third solo album. In December Jeffrey spent a week in Iowa City cutting the tracks for his third solo record, Ghost Repeater. Produced by and featuring Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, Lucinda Williams) and his Iowa compadres, the album also includes special guest appearances by Dave Moore on harp and accordion, Eric Heywood (Son Volt, Richard Buckner, Alejandro Escovedo) on pedal steel, and Kris Delmhorst on backing vocals. Ghost Repeater features full band arrangements but hews close to the line of Jeffrey's previous albums with darkly intimate songs, framed this time by Ramsey's inimitable electric guitar in a series of country rockers and dark blues. Against the broadcast echoes of an America long gone, Foucault lays out the particulars of love in a country contending with its own ghost. In songs of love and empire, dream and memory, Ghost Repeater delivers the honesty of country, the rawboned desperation of blues, and the simplicity of folk to achieve a document that's timeless and poignant.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth repeating July 21, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jeffrey Foucault is new to me. His sound on this disc catches at my heart and ear from start to finish. With a mix of folk, blues and country music, these songs have a brooding theme of travel but the bigger theme is one this indepentant music listener resonates with. I learned that Ghost Repeaters are empty radio stations that play demographically profiled playlists to wide sections of America. Echoes of American market culture from thousands of miles away are invading our airways the way epidemic sameness, bigbox stores, and faux news cycles through every state. The songs on Ghost Repeater reveal a story of love and uncertainty. Foucault's words reflect the poles of "one part love and one part grief" (#6) capturing his recent marriage and his delight in that to the heartache he feels looking at our country. Treat yourself well and listen to these songs
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and beautiful October 1, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Saw Jeffrey yesterday over here in Holland in a very intimate concert. For sure not more than 100 people.

I was there to see Slaid Cleaves who would also perform. Jeffrey was the opener of the evening. During his performance I really wondered how it is possible that one man and only a guitar can keep an audience, at least me, listen in astonishment.

A pity he only performed for a bit over half an hour. Afterwards I purchased the Ghost Repeater cd which he signed for me.

I gave it a five star rating. I played the cd today I don't know how many times and it really grows on you and gets better every time you listen to it.

My favourites :

Ghost repeater

Americans in corduroys

I Dream an old lover

One for sorrow

Train to Jackson

One part love

Wild waste and welter

City flower

Tall grass in old virginny

Mesa, Arizona


Yes I know I just listed all the songs. That's because I can't choose. Listen for yourself.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Musician -- DO NOT MISS! October 17, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I don't usually care to share my opinions, but I have to break my normal silence and rave about this musician. I'll agree with a previous reviewer that the album "Ghost Repeater" is a little more polished than his earlier two albums, and that it makes for a slightly weaker finished product. But this young musician is absolutely astonishing. His lyrics are beautiful and thought provoking, and his haunting music gets you in the ears and in the gut. I don't know what genre you'd consider his work -- Folk? Blues? Bluegrass? Americana? Country? Forget genres -- this album, and all of Jeffrey Foucault's previous works, are must-haves for anyone who enjoys truly American music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how has foucault not been discovered? March 20, 2007
Format:Audio CD
i enjoy looking for that special album. you know... the one that you take to work and let friends oooww and aahhh over. if you're looking for just a fine, fine artist with an amazing voice and gripping lyrics, then look no further than mr. foucault. ghost repeater is another A++ album from an artist who's cd's seem to get lost in a car cd player for weeks upon weeks. a few more artists (from hundreds..maybe thousands of dollars of research in buying cd's) great for a drive are kelly joe phelps, hayward williams and martin sexton. take care and enjoy.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Repeater more country than folk.... June 9, 2006
Format:Audio CD
First let me state that I think Jeffrey Foucault is astonishingly gifted not only as a guitarist, but also as a singer/songwriter. That said his latest offering Ghost repeater is, well, erring a little too close to a more polished Nashville sound than I myself care for. The desperate spare arrangements of "Stripping Cane" and "Miles from the Lightning" are replaced with a much more 'country' set-up, fuller sound rounded out with a bigger range of musicians. Think "Devils and Dust" as opposed to "Nebraska". If you like country this is probably one of the best albums you'll buy this year because the writing is so strong, but I just can't help wandering what this album would sound like stripped back to the bare essentials. I think there's just a little too much pedal steel in the mix and the whole album sounds a lot more compressed and produced than previous albums. Just my opinion folks - would still reccomend to listeners - but with a cautionary note to prior fans of his more bluesy folk offerings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Foucault's best , great, great, songwriting May 17, 2008
Format:Audio CD
This is an outstanding groups of songs. Foucault has really hit an apex in songwriting here. Truly impressive, emotional, poignant, from start to finish not one weak song. Foucault has a profound voice, and a compelling and gripping sense of time and place. A songwriter who combines, acoustic country, folk, blues and americana with powerful singing and imagery. An artist not to be overlooked!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (4.5 stars) A slight departure for Jeffrey Foucault December 8, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Once again, with the exception of one song, JF takes us on a guided tour of 'traditional America'. The songs are slow to mid-tempo, with a few that 'rock a bit'. JF's lyrics are often ambiguous and enigmatic; I don't pretend to understand what some of them mean, but I still like them, 'edgy folk-poetry' - that's how I'd describe them. However, a few songs are simple stories with lyrics which are, by comparison, more straight forward. The melodies, especially on the slower tempo songs, are haunting and full of atmosphere. All songs are written by JF.

'Miles From The Lightning' and 'Stripping Cane' are albums of contemporary American folk and folk-blues music; even though electric guitars feature on some tracks, the 'hands-off' production and lack of conventional percussion bestow these albums with a strong acoustic ambience. By contrast, 'Ghost Repeater' is quite a lot different for a number of reasons : the production (Bo Ramsey), whilst still fairly sparse, is more polished; percussion, electric bass, lead electric guitar and keyboards lend greater texture and variety to the sound.; JF's smoothly weathered vocals have a sharper definition; and several tracks have a distinct country flavour - with some almost venturing into the realms of mainstream country-rock (albeit, a little gentler and with a 'rootsier' bias).

As usual, JF accompanies himself on acoustic guitar, but the playing is not as prominent as on earlier albums (which feature either Peter Mulvey or David Goodrich on acoustic lead) - although the lingering sounds of resonator and Weissenborn guitars (Bo Ramsey) can often be heard. Bo Ramsey also plays electric lead guitar; his tasteful 'less means more' phrasing reminds me of Mark Knopler's style - but with a slight bluesier edge.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of work
Great piece of work. Ghost Repeater is as good as it gets. Foucault is an artist I only recently stumbled across. Glad I did. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Hihat
5.0 out of 5 stars Foucualt with Full Band, Fuller Sound
This recording (from December 2005) is richer, fuller and more consistent sounding than his previous one (the sparse but even more brilliant Stripping Cane). Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by applewood
2.0 out of 5 stars working so hard at going nowhere
mopey white boy blues and standardized aor muppetry.
blech...john mayer and hootie fans rejoice foucault is your man!
pithy choruses repeated ad nauseum... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by peter fortune
5.0 out of 5 stars Wild, Waste and Welter
I bought this CD after hearing Ghost Repeater from an indie, internet site ([...] Wild, Waste and Welter just blew me off my chair. I had to write this review. Read more
Published on May 28, 2009 by B. Coker
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Repeater
I have enjoyed this cd tremendously, I am so glad I was able to purchase it. It is a great mixture of blues, country and rock, I recommend it highly.
Published on December 2, 2008 by Jan D. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Artist...Wher have been all my life?
Buy this now. Don't miss another day without it. I bought 3 to give to friends.
Published on January 24, 2008 by Mark L. Budahl
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST YET!
As good a songwriter as Foucault is, he's improved his craft further on this one. Evocative, melodic and wonderfully produced by veteran Bo Ramsey, whose subtle, intelligent guitar... Read more
Published on January 11, 2007 by Marrodam
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