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Discussing the imminent release of Giving Up the Ghost, his fifth album and first on 429 Records, Jackie Greene – singer and songwriter, guitarist and keyboard player, acoustic solo artist and electrifying band leader – hesitates to spell things out too much.

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  • Audio CD (April 1, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B0013FYT9Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,741 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Good music and lyrics.
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"Giving Up The Ghost" is by far one of the best contemporary rock albums I've heard in a very long time.
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Given my lack of musical background, I can only say what I like and what I don't.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 23, 2008
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Jackie Greene has produced an outstanding CD in Giving Up the Ghost. The styles range from bluesy rock to ballads. Some songs, such as Shaken, are somber and mournful, while others, such as Don't Let the Devil Take Your Mind, are full of catchy hooks that won't let go. The songwriting is superb, while Greene's mellow, but strong baritone is one of the best to come along in a while. Greene has been compared to Bob Dylan, but I think this is only partially fair. While this may be true from a songwriting standpoint, I think that Greene has a much better voice. He never slips into the unintelligible, purely nasal delivery for which Dylan is famous. Greene also does a good job of giving a variety of emotion to his 12 tracks to keep them from all sounding the same - whether it is the earnestness of Prayer for Spanish Harlem to the playful, upbeat delivery on Like a Ball and Chain. Finally there is enough variety in the instrumentation of these twelve songs to keep things fresh. Whether you like organ and vibes or trumpets and saxophones, you will find something layered on top of the traditional guitars, bass, and drums. Jackie Greene might be relatively unknown now, but don't expect this to continue until his next CD.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rocklover on April 1, 2008
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This is, by far, Jackie's most accomplished and stunning release to date. The pairing of musicians with Producer Steve Berlin (Los Lobos), shows a maturity and purposeful direction I have not heard on his other releases. There's a wonderful honesty in Jackie's lyrics, and his vocals can go from sweet and low down to raw in your face rock. I highly recommend this release to all as you'll want to jump on this wagon now.......you're watching the next bright star about to shine through.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jesse D. Watson VINE VOICE on May 15, 2008
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As a musician myself, I couldn't help feeling jealousy when listening to this excellent album, but at the same time, my admiration and enjoyment were so great, I was never caught up in my jealous.

Jackie Greene comes off as something of a more "modern" John Mellencamp. That is not, however, meant to be a knock against either him or Mellencamp. He may not have the years and wisdom of John, but he has an interesting edge and freshness that I feel John has lacked in most of his attempts at pop.

They are similar, and I would find it hard to believe Jackie was not a fan of John's, and Dylan's as well, but Jackie does come into his own, and I hope he comes further into his own.

The instrumentation is incredible. We have Jackie performing the songs and arranging them, with producer, and an excellent list of players turn up on the tracks. Everything from the strings to the electric bass stands out, but nothing overwhelms the core root of these songs, most of them simple (by choice, I think, to facilitate the often complex, and awesome, arrangements, but not overbearing by any means; we are not reminded of any kind of 1970s wall of sound business here).

This album is really a triumph in many ways, a triumph of songwriting (which I think will only get better) and performance mixed with great production, arrangement and instrumentation. A far cry from the American Idol pop garbage we're accustomed to, this is a new way to make music, which hearkens back to the old ways.

Please do buy this. I can't imagine anyone being disappointed.

Edit: But in looking at other reviews, I see some people are apparently disappointed. I suppose that just shows the value of reading alternate critiques. I do stand by my review. I found this album refreshing in many ways.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna on April 1, 2008
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Just caught Jackie Greene a few months ago when he played with Phil Lesh and was so utterly amazed by him! This album has to be his best yet! Starting with Shaken and rolling all the way to Ghosts of Promised Lands, every track is awesome! Play it right through cause you won't want to miss a beat!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer A. Ray TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 14, 2008
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Before Amazon Vine posted an offering of the GIVING UP THE GHOST CD for review, I'd never heard of Jackie Greene. I listened to clips of the songs online, however, and liked what I heard, so I ordered it.

I ripped the CD to my PC and downloaded the tracks to my iPod as soon as I received it, listening to nothing but Jackie Greene for days after it arrived. Guess what? I never grew tired of it. This album kept my attention, had my swaying in my seat, on my feet, wherever I happened to be listening to it.

The bluesy sound of the lyrics and the instrumentation kept me in a soulful mood, which I quite enjoyed. The songs are thoughtful, meaningful, and full of real emotion. In a day when many of the Top 40 hits are full of trite lyrics about sex or broken hearts, Jackie Greene gives us something a little bit more.

Is this a Top 40 album? Probably not. But this artist could definitely be on his way there, I think. Whether it lands a spot on the hit lists or not, it is an album that will stand the test of time, with songs that will remain pertinent for years to come.

There is not a single song on this album that I didn't enjoy, but I have two favorites: `I Don't Live In A Dream' and `Don't Let the Devil Take Your Mind'. I will be picking up some of Jackie Greene's other CDs very soon.
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Can someone answer this question about this CD?
Its not your CD, It reminds me of the old cassette days when you ran out of tape before the song ended. Thanks for asking the question, i was wondering the same thing
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